Kyabram businesses say pre-Christmas trading was better than expected.January 10, 2013 4:10am
The pre-Christmas trading period has proved to be an unexpectedly positive one for some local businesses thanks to support from shoppers.
Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Sheryl Hatch said traders would like to thank shoppers for supporting the local business community.
‘‘As business owners we get confidence when locals support us and then it becomes a situation where we can help and everyone wins,’’ she said.
‘‘There are a lot of clubs and groups out there who will be looking for sponsorship and donations.
‘‘Between them our businesses certainly put a lot of funding into local organisations. But we need the continued support of shoppers.’’
Having experienced a quiet trading month in November, after Banksia Securities was handed over to receivers on October 25, there had been concerns among Kyabram retailers they would not see the regular annual Christmas shopping spree.
Former Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Lou Ciavarella canvassed several local business owners last week to see how trading had been for them during what is traditionally the busiest time of the year for many.
‘‘Some retailers’ takings were a bit up and others said they were very close to figures from the same time 12 months ago,’’ Mr Ciavarella said.
‘‘Most said the peak period had started slowly but had gained momentum closer to Christmas, especially in the last two weeks.
‘‘After Banksia we all thought it would be quieter, but in the end it seems most have either been about the same or a bit better.’’
Both Mr Ciavarella and Mrs Hatch said some customers told them they were making a special point of trying to do all their shopping in Kyabram to support the local economy and in doing so had found their local businesses were competitive.
‘‘I think retailers are pleased the community has got behind them after we made a point of highlighting the importance of shopping locally,’’ Mr Ciavarella said.
‘‘What we expected to be a quieter Christmas for business has actually turned out to be quite good in the end.’’
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
A man has been taken to Echuca hospital after being trapped for several minutes in his vehicle.
Steve Glassborow has returned for a twentieth year, bringing a range of his bronze sculptures.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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.