An after-hours shopping spree night which aimed to help Rochester businesses was cancelled last week.ELAINE COONEY December 6, 2012 4:27am
Rochester business owners were disappointed about the cancellation of an after-hours shopping spree night last week due to a lack of participants.
Rochester Chamber of Commerce organised the event with the aim that members of various clubs would do their Christmas shopping in Rochester on Thursday night and a percentage of the store profits would go back to the clubs.
The plan was for the clubs to spend a few minutes shopping in each store and enjoy wine and nibbles on the way.
Organiser and store owner Darren Pain said he was disappointed with the lack of support from clubs for the event.
He contacted almost 40 sporting and community groups in the area and only four took up the invitation.
Mr Pain said all of the 12 interested businesses were keen on the idea.
He said he had sent out letters and had attempted to promote the event in the community as best he could.
Mr Pain said the idea had worked in other rural towns and could not understand why it did not work in Rochester.
‘‘In Cohuna they had 170 people show up from one school (for a similar event),’’ he said.
‘‘We’re always banging on about ‘shop local’ but it’s probably more about supporting one another.’’
Mr Pain said he was disheartened with the lack of interest in the night as he often helped district sporting groups with donations and sponsorships.
Rochester Chamber of Commerce member Leigh Wilson was also disappointed at the outcome but acknowledged the chamber could have dealt with the organisation of the event differently.
He said the group based the idea on a similar event in Echuca where the clubs had approached the shops with the idea.
But Mr Wilson said despite the lack of support it was still a good idea and an indication that businesses were willing to work together and try new things.
“It’s not a failure, we need to keep trying until we find a thing that works for businesses and consumers,” he said.
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.