Progress isn't always for the best

PROGRESS. It's meant to be something that makes things better, that moves us along.

But sometimes progress does the opposite and makes things worse and, while it moves us along, it doesn't take us where we want to go.

Many of us long for the days when life seemed simpler, when everything seemed to move at a slower pace.

People who go to supermarkets and check through their own goods might marvel that there were days when you went to the corner store and handed your shopping list to the shop-keeper.

He would then walk around the store collecting what you wanted before bringing it back to the counter and totting up the bill.

The days of the corner store have been numbered for many years of course, and with more and more supermarkets popping up, it's a wonder any of them are left. The former Somerset Dam corner store owners fear the closure of their business will be another victim of progress.

Deb Courtney said the store had long been an integral part of the community and provided groceries, fuel and a postal service. It also seems linked to the downturn of the campsite at Somerset Dam that used to attract a large number of tourists.

"At the moment, Somerset Dam village now has no sewerage, no postal service, no mobile coverage and no community shop," Mrs Courtney said.

That doesn't sound like progress in anyone's language.



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