Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - SAM TURNER

TWO years of pro­vid­ing the town­ship of Monto with nov­elty presents for ev­ery oc­ca­sion has come to an end for one busi­ness.

Monto Gifts own­ers Peter and Kay War­ren will be clos­ing their doors at the end of March to con­sider other av­enues of work.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Monto in 2016, Mr and Mrs War­ren took an im­me­di­ate shine to the area fol­low­ing years of liv­ing in Bris­bane.

“We liked the town, we liked the peo­ple, then we made the de­ci­sion in 2018 to open the gift shop,” Mr War­ren said.

“We wanted to in­ject a lit­tle more life into the town, cre­at­ing op­tions for the towns­folk.

“It did that for the first year, and a lit­tle bit af­ter, it was re­ally good.”

A cul­mi­na­tion of fac­tors have hit the town since their ar­rival, which may have im­pacted busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to Mr War­ren.

“The drought’s re­ally hit home, you have peo­ple out there strug­gling to feed their an­i­mals, and putting food on the ta­ble,” he said.

“So they’re not re­ally think­ing about gifts, they have to live first.”

Mr War­ren be­lieves the clo­sure of Goondicum Mine in Septem­ber was a big hit to Monto say­ing the whole sit­u­a­tion left those in the town in a hard po­si­tion.

“It cre­ated so much op­por­tu­nity for the town, and then all of a sud­den it closed.

“I feel it’s like that all over the re­gion and all over Aus­tralia at the mo­ment.”

De­spite the hard­ships of busi­ness, the cou­ple want to tell those in Monto one im­por­tant thing.

“Kay and I won’t be go­ing any­where.

“We love the town, and we love the peo­ple in our town.”

Be­fore they close for good, they’d like to give their thanks to ev­ery­one for their help.

“A very big thank you to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and their well wishes,” Mr War­ren said.

“We call a lot of peo­ple in the town our friends, and we’d like to thank them all.”

Monto Gifts will be hav­ing a 40 per cent sale on all stock in the lead up to their clo­sure in March of this year.

Pic­ture: File

MOV­ING ON: Peter and Kay War­ren from Monto Gifts will be clos­ing their shop at the end of March in 2020.

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