Ex­cited staff ready to serve

GEE­LONG FOOT­BALLER TOM LONERGAN ON SITE TO OPEN STORE

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By De­clan Martin

Gee­long football player Tom Lonergan joined with staff for the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony of the new Shep­par­ton Bun­nings Ware­house yes­ter­day.

Shep­par­ton Bun­nings Com­plex man­ager Paul Con­naughton and store op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Deb­bie Poole spoke about the new site, the sec­ond largest in Vic­to­ria, and un­veiled a plaque.

Mr Con­naughton said team mem­bers were ex­cited to wel­come dis­trict res­i­dents to the new store as well as con­tin­u­ing to lend a help­ing hand in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

‘‘Bun­nings has been part of the Shep­par­ton com­mu­nity for more than 17 years and has helped a num­ber of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups with hands-on projects.

‘‘Team mem­bers con­tinue to work to­gether to as­sist in lo­cal com­mu­nity projects and have re­cently built a chicken coop for the res­i­dent chooks at Banksia Lodge, par­tic­i­pated in a mas­sive clean-up and court­yard plant­ing ses­sion at Or­rvale Pri­mary School, and re­vamped the front en­trance of Un­dera Pri­mary School with a rain­bow in a fresh coat of paint.

‘‘Bun­nings is al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­trib­ute to lo­cal causes and we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to more lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in the fu­ture.’’

Mr Lonergan fielded some ques­tions from Bun­nings mem­ber Paula Ryan and spoke about his ex­pe­ri­ences on the field, par­tic­u­larly over­com­ing a po­ten­tially ca­reer-end­ing kid­ney in­jury.

Pic­ture: Pauline Lang­mead

Ready to serve: Shep­par­ton’s Bun­nings team cel­e­brates the new store.

Celebrity guest: Bun­nings staff mem­ber Paula Ryan asks Gee­long foot­baller Tom Lonergan the hard ques­tions yes­ter­day.

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