Mike Stone

Myrtleford Times - - News -

How long have you lived in Myrtle­ford? About 23 years.

What brought you here? My mum lived in Myrtle­ford so I moved down here to take care of her and I thought I would only do that for a cou­ple of years but I have been here ever since.

What is your job? I am re­tired, but for some­thing to do I like to make cus­tom made dog ken­nels. It’s some­thing I like do­ing and it keeps me out of the pub so to speak.

What got you into that? I like dogs and I have a Ger­man Shep­hard, I built a ken­nel for him and that’s re­ally what started it. They are cus­tom built to what peo- ple want, they are fully in­su­lated, and they have re­mov­able floors and all that sort of stuff. A lot of peo­ple have bought them around town and they have been more than happy.

Do you build all shapes and sizes?

Yes, if peo­ple want one ba­si­cally they just tell me what sort of dog they have got and what sort of size they want and I will build a size to suit them. I use re­cy­cled tim­ber where I can. I build it to ex­actly what the peo­ple want. Peo­ple can call me for in­for­ma­tion on 5752 2603.

What do you love about liv­ing in Myrtle­ford?

The peo­ple, I have got a lot of friends here. The gen­eral at­mos­phere of the town is great, it’s just a nice place to be that is quiet and has no trams.

What is an is­sue that Myrtle­ford faces?

It’s prob­a­bly a touchy sub­ject but I think they don’t do enough works to Myrtle­ford. Too much of the Shire’s money goes to Bright and other ar­eas. Myrtle­ford has got a lot to of­fer but it’s just not pro­moted or de­vel­oped. I think there is more hair than what peo­ple see.

What can be done to bet­ter pro­mote the town?

Well one ex­am­ple I can think of is a friend of mine who is cur­rently writ­ing a book about Echuca and the gold rush. That’s the sort of things we need, there are things here that I didn’t even know about. The Chi­nese and the gold his­tory here is un­be­liev­able.

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