The Rotary Club of Tocumwal has come up with an innovative way of raking in the cash to fund much-needed community projects.
Members opened a second-hand shop in central Tocumwal about 18 months ago, and president Denis Glanville said the response from the community had been ‘‘simply phenomenal’’.
‘‘It gets very busy on Saturdays,’’ he said.
‘‘We even had to find more storage space recently because it’s getting too big.
‘‘I reckon it’s bringing in about $30,000 a year and that flows directly on to community projects like the new information centre.
‘‘We owe a lot to Rotary volunteer Tony Fulton who runs the shop and is always here to help people.
‘‘Essentially, the shop takes donated items and sells them at a very cheap price, but it all adds up very quickly and brings real benefit to the community.
‘‘We started off doing auctions, but the stuff didn’t sell.
‘‘Then one day we put a whole bunch of stuff on sale at the old information centre .
‘‘That’s how we got the idea that if we had a premises where people could come and go as they please, it might work — and it did.
‘‘It works a lot better than trying to sell raffle tickets — I’ll tell you that much.’’
Some of the most interesting items donated to the store include an original Singer sewing machine in excellent condition from the 1920s.
The shop is in Murray St and is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to noon.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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