An op shop was opened in Baddaginnie last week in a bid to bring the community together.MONIQUE FREER June 19, 2014 3:17am
A community venture to create a social meeting point for Baddaginnie culminated in the opening of an op shop in the town’s centre on Saturday.
A group of about eight dedicated volunteers established the op shop in the former general store building in a bid to bring the community together.
‘‘A couple of years ago we were looking to open up a community hub and we couldn’t think of any one thing that would be different,’’ volunteer Jan Williams said.
‘‘We’re starting in a very humble fashion and just doing our best.’’
Volunteer Cornelia Selover said since the general store and post office closed about 12 years ago the small district town had lacked a centrepoint.
‘‘In our minds it might lead to something with a heart,’’ she said.
‘‘We all love Baddaginnie and without this shop there’s no real centre, there’s not much here.
‘‘If it develops further it could develop into something as a social space, so kids don’t play in the intersection, which they do now.’’
Although the idea for the op shop was born more than a year ago, its establishment gathered momentum in October. ‘‘There had been a couple of barbecue sales outside with very limited success, so it was decided pretty unanimously to put in more effort and make the op shop,’’ Ms Selover said.
‘‘We dream of a cafe and a more substantial shop — but it’s one step at a time.’’
The former general store has been refurbished to house the shop, and was leased to the community at a very low cost by the owner of the property.
Local communities in the north-east have been generous in their donations, as have residents from as far as Shepparton and Melbourne.
‘‘If people would like to drop things off they’d be so welcome .
Clothing, books, crockery, furniture, kitchen items and bric-a-brac are available for purchase, and all profits are going back to the community.
The Baddaginnie Community Op Shop is located on the corner of Palmerston and High Sts and is open from 9.30
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.