A Berrigan Shire survey has revealed that the peak Christmas and New Year season proved to be a ‘‘good strong season’’.HANNAH NICHOLS January 29, 2014 4:17am
In a first for the shire, a ‘Christmas and New Year Business Survey’ was issued as a way to gather statistics on the season.
Berrigan Shire economic development officer Merran Socha said the survey was a way to produce information for comparison on how each season goes.
‘‘The aim is to have a record that is more than anecdotal evidence,’’ she said.
‘‘The survey aims to get people’s opinions.
‘‘We are trying to get an overall picture on how business was during Christmas and New Year.
‘‘The survey, while being about ‘tourism’, is also about business.’’
Mrs Socha said she was happy with the 51 responses received – 22 business operators from Finley, 19 business operators from Tocumwal, nine business operators from Barooga and one business nominated other.
‘‘Full credit goes to the Chambers which pushed it around to members,’’ she said.
‘‘Of course we would have loved more, but for the first time I was pleased.’’
The report suggests that 65 per cent of respondents either met or exceeded their expected turnover and 35 per cent of respondents had a turnover that was below or well below expectations.
Mrs Socha said the vast majority of respondents agreed their town was busy and that the river was busy with campers.
She said a few felt it was less busy, but the overall consensus was that it was a strong year.
‘‘At the moment there are no actual statistics for comparison,’’ Mrs Socha said.
‘‘My feeling indicates it was a good year, and going by the comments and the results that was the general feeling.
‘‘Most people were quite happy with the season.’’
The results report was released late last week in an effort to inform business and encourage future participation.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Campaspe Shire councillors boycotted this week’s meeting because of concerns of abuse and bullying.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
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.