[Picture: Emerton local Shazza Smith, trying unsuccessfully to visit her nearby ‘medicinal distribution associate.’]
With widespread flooding across rural New South Wales and parts of Sydney, economists have begun to calculate the economic impact of this natural disaster. While rural areas are still trying to catch up from both drought and fires, Economist Reg Grimm (35) thinks next hardest hit could be Western Sydney and their number 1 import/export – meth.
“Yeah, it’s not looking good in Western Sydney. Outside of tourism, the booming meth trade will be hardest hit,” predicts economic forecaster, Reg Grimm. “The meth boom really brought a lot of economic benefits with it like sales of car alarms, home alarms, business alarms, smoke alarams – hell, any type of alarm you can name. Home security systems, self-defense lessons, car sales so people could avoid train stations – it was a boon to the area. But now with the floods, old West Syd’s in a bit of trouble I’m afraid.”
So much trouble in fact that Reg Grimm thinks the only solution is to try something unheard of in the region: full-time employment.
“Not sure how that will go over, but if you can’t get to your dealer’s house – how can you score and then resell? I think people are going to have to start actually working now.”
Locals are unaware of this happening, as Reg wanted to be nowhere near the place when they find out. No doubt once they do, Reg will need more than car, home, business and smoke alarms to protect him.