Cobram newsagency relfects and looks to the future in celebrating its 65th anniversary.ROB HENSON April 29, 2014 3:02am
Cobram’s newsagency owners are reflecting on a proud history and uncertain future after celebrating 65 years of selling the news.
Cobram Newspower’s Rod and Mark Dutneall took over the business their father had purchased after the war in 1949 and relocated to the opposite side of Punt Rd about 30 years ago.
‘‘The shop was only half the size it is today,’’ Rod said.
But apart from the move and a structural extension, little has changed in the six-and-a-half decades.
Rod fondly remembers the local paperboys of yesteryear.
‘‘The paper boys back in those days were bloody great; they were all loyal, there might have been one or two that played up.
‘‘We had a lot come through, we’d have parents say ‘can our boy come to you to get some experience, for later in life?’
‘‘Then the wrap came along, and we’ve had some great delivery men. We’ve had great delivery staff, with the boys and men.’’
Rod said he still enjoyed the work but the current retail environment was ‘‘rough’’.
‘‘We’re probably down about 10 per cent, and with our turnover that’s a lot of money.’’
An average day for Rod is getting up at 2
In 65 years, the shop has sold at least 23
With the growing threat of online media, Rod said the future of newsagencies was still strong.
‘‘All the stuff going online, it scares you at the start, but papers will always be around. To a lesser degree I suppose, but people still want them.
‘‘In the online stuff, you don’t get the whole story, it’s only brief, whereas in the paper, it’s got everything you want.
‘‘And why would you want to look at a screen all the time?
‘‘The future of newsagencies is still strong, especially in the country because you’ve still got deliveries.
‘‘In the future, it could be 25 years or so, (newsagencies) may not be around, but you can’t predict the future.’’
Rod thanked his customers in celebrating the milestone.
‘‘I just want to thank the entire population of Cobram, that’s the reason we’re here.’’
After spending two games in the WAFL Michael Barlow has been recalled to play for Fremantle against St Kilda this weekend.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders took a big stride into the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League for 2016 with a solid, four-grade performance at Eaglehawk’s Truscott Reserve on Sunday.
THE town’s schools celebrated Education Week last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
HEATHCOTE Pre-school staff members were overwhelmed by the response to their annual Garden Express Spring Bulb fundraiser.
Youth services in Cobram have received a helping hand thanks to a new appointment made possible through a community store.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.