Ker­rie Flem­ing

Alpine Observer - - News -

What do you do?

I am the owner, along with my hus­band John, of the new Alpine Fur­ni­ture and Ap­pli­ances store in Bright. We also have a farm in Eurobin where we breed cat­tle.

What’s dif­fer­ent about the shop now com­pared to what it was pre­vi­ously?

The store is smaller but still of­fers a full range of fur­ni­ture, elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances big and small, wood heaters, mat­tresses, manch­ester and gift­ware. We can’t dis­play as much stock as be­fore but we have a lot of cat­a­logues for peo­ple to browse to find the right item. Just be­cause you can’t see it on the floor doesn’t mean we can’t get it.

What are you look­ing for­ward to in the job?

I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing a va­ri­ety of peo­ple and be­ing able to as­sist them in as many ways as I can.

I have en­joyed my first week and have re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back about the new-look shop and ev­ery­one is pleased that we have opened.

You spent seven years work­ing at the Alpine Fur­nish­ing prior to tak­ing over. What did you do be­fore that?

We grew to­bacco and I worked as a lab tech­ni­cian at TCV thresh­ing plant in Myrtle­ford for 11 sea­sons un­til the to­bacco in­dus­try closed down in 2006.

Af­ter that I worked in the lab at Rostrevor dur­ing hop har­vest and the rest of the year I was at home on our farm. My seven years with Fraser and Jenny and many other work col­leagues were very en­joy­able and a good ground­ing for my lat­est ven­ture.

If the per­son you’d most like to meet came to the Alpine Shire or was al­ready here, what would you show them?

I would take them up the back hill of our prop­erty in Eurobin for a bar­be­cue and a hit of golf where the view is breath­tak­ing.

You can see from Pore­punkah to Myrtle­ford and it feels like you can reach out and touch Mount Buf­falo.

What are you in­volved in in the com­mu­nity and what do you do in your spare time?

I have been in CFA for 35 years. I’m a mem­ber of the Ovens-Eurobin Fire Bri­gade where I’m sec­re­tary­trea­surer, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer and a fire fighter.

In my spare time I en­joy be­ing at home and spend­ing time with John and our chil­dren and grand­daugh­ter.

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