Unexpected rent spike puts The Den’s future in doubt
THE Den, opposite Biggenden’s Beiers Park, is at risk of having to close its doors due to an unanticipated 80 per cent increase in the rent of its premises.
President Jane Thorrold said it would be a terrible shame if they were forced to close.
“We’ve been operating for almost 20 years,” Ms Thorrold said.
“The volunteers have quite literally put in tens of thousands of hours work over those years.
“In essence we have been providing a community service.”
Treasurer Mark Copeland said the magnitude of the sudden rental increase had been completely unexpected.
“We do our best to support the local community,” he said.
“If we do make a profit in excess of our running costs it is donated to groups who support our local area.”
Mr Copeland said that just last year, The Den made donations to the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary, Biggenden SES Cadets and Life Flight Helicopter Service.
“For the most part our sales come from the travelling public, daytrippers and caravaners passing through,” he said.
“Only a small portion is from local shoppers.
“We’re trying to come up with a way to attract more locals into the shop.”
The Den provides a venue for local artists, producers and plant growers to sell their goods in a shop environment on a commission basis.
Organisers believe increased and ongoing local support may keep the group up and running.
The Den sells all manner of handmade and homemade items, from handcrafted jewellery to condiments and fudge, locally produced honey, locally cultivated plants, garden ornaments and numerous other items.
CALLING FOR SUPPORT: The Den committee members Glen Toovey, Jane Thorrold, Mark Copeland, Robyn Znatnajs and Lorraine Syratt are wondering about the future of the craft shop at Biggenden after a huge rent increase.