Committed to Condo

A group of local business owners want to establish a Chamber of Commerce in Condobolin.

• Tracie Robertson, Daryl Nairn, Brenda Haworth and Peter Kuhn want all Condobolin businesses to come together and form a Chamber of Commerce. They believe it would empower both business owners and the community. A meeting is being held on Thursday, 2 July at the Condobolin RSL Club (upstairs) from 5:30pm. All local business owners are invited to attend. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

A group of local business owners want to establish a Chamber of Commerce in Condobolin.

There was strong interest expressed at an informal meeting held last week.

“A Chamber of Commerce acts as a conjuit between businesses and Council,” Tracie Robertson of Ray White said.

“Parkes and Forbes have had great success with theirs, and I believe it is imperative we all work together to have a collective voice in the community.”

Peter Kuhn of Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre agrees.

“We all want Condobolin to thrive,” he said.

“We want a spirited discussion on what we can do to make the retail sector in Condobolin flourish.”

Shirley Bell of Happy Daze said it is imperative to get people from other towns to visit and shop in Condobolin.

“Shopping local helps everyone,” she said.

“We want business owners to come to the formation meeting and share their ideas.

“Put your thoughts forward and be part of making the Condobolin Chamber of Commerce a success.”

It is hoped by forming a Condobolin Chamber of Commerce, it will enable local businesses to network with each other and share vital local retail information.

“Together we can achieve more,” Peter, Shirley and Tracie said.

The formation meeting for the Condobolin Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, 2 July from 5:30pm at the Condobolin RSL Club.

A Fiesta of delights

It was shopaholic heaven on Bathurst Street last Thursday evening as the Christmas Fiesta saw bargain hunters lining the streets.

• Sarah Maurice sitting with Santa Claus in front of the Christmas tree at the Lachlan Shire Council’s Christmas Fiesta last Thursday. LP

By Lara Pearce

It was shopaholic heaven on Bathurst Street last Thursday evening as the Christmas Fiesta saw bargain hunters lining the streets.

The shops remained lit up, doors ajar, and special offers and deals abounded. Heavy rain in the hours leading up to the event could not dampen the spirits of business owners or shoppers, with skies clearing as proceedings got underway.

General Manager of the Lachlan Shire Council, Liz Collyer, was out with her loudspeaker, spruiking the events and announcing the winners of the Shopping Tickets prizes.

“It was a great night,” she said. “There was a good vibe. People were very busy in the shops and retail outlets […] it is more important than ever this year, now that Target is not there.”

“Some people said that numbers might have been down but sales were up, so people are getting the idea of what the whole thing is about. We certainly had more entries in the prize draw than last year.”

Many local businesses, including the Willow Bend Sports Centre and the Condobolin Newsagency, set up stalls on the footpaths for people to see their wares.

Proprietor of the Condobolin Newsagency, Mick Hanlon, said he was extremely happy with how the evening went. “We had lots of people coming through the store – it was a very positive evening with lots of community involvement,” he said.

“We would like to thank the Shire for their initiative and support and the other businesses that participated.”

In the belief that actions are stronger than words, Kim Lark and Natasha Hosie from Don Lark Motorcycles showed off the store’s scooters by riding them up and down the street.

“We were just promoting our store by showing our new scooter range,” Kim Lark said.

She is keen to see the event make a comeback next year. “I thought it was good for the community and good for the business houses,” she said. She also suggested that next year the shopping passports could be collected in the days leading up to the event as well as on the night to help build momentum and generate sales.

As the adults shopped, the children enjoyed the Rotary Society’s jumping castle and sharing their Christmas wish lists with Santa.

Local band 3rd Base kept Bathurst Street pumping well into the evening. As dark settled, the crowd gathered around the sparkling Christmas tree in Renown Park. Lachlan Shire Council Mayor Des Manwaring welcomed everyone to the event with the hope that they had had a successful evening shopping.

The winner of the children’s Christmas tree lights competition was then announced. With 340 entrants this year, it was baby Ellie May Dwyer who had the honour of turning on the lights to Condobolin’s Christmas tree. Fireworks followed, making an explosive finish to the evening.

Ms Collyer said that the event is about changing people’s attitudes towards shopping. “It is not just about the night; it is about having ongoing support of the retailers,” she said. “While the night is trying to highlight the need to shop local, it is just one way of trying to get people to think like that the whole year round.”

The Council will be garnering feedback from the businesses involved at their Business Connect meeting tomorrow.

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