Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Naponda Store returning to ‘normal’

- Things are starting to get back to normal at the Naponda Store in Deniliquin. napondafar­ You can also find them on Facebook.

The Cressy St store was operating under restricted hours for an extended time because of COVID-19 rules, and is now back to normal hours.

The majority of items available at the store are created by local makers and producers, and 30 per cent of proceeds from each sale is donated to support Deniliquin Hospital.

Those proceeds have helped purchase items like modern ‘rooming in’ cribs for the maternity unit, a birthing bed, reclining chairs for patients and more.

Naponda volunteer Sue Muenster said with Christmas not too far away, now is the time to get in to the store.

Because what could be better than gifting someone a present that was handcrafte­d, and made with love.

Or just pop in to treat yourself to some of the delicious biscuits, cakes, slices, sauces and preserves made specially for the store.

The concept of the Naponda Store was born in 2010 during drought, and came to fruition in 2011.

‘‘The aim was to allow community members to produce and create items to earn extra revenue through a community run store who are always behind them, supporting their ventures in hard times,’’ Auxiliary president Pam Ellerman said.

‘‘The shop takes about one third of the profit for hospital funding and gives locals the opportunit­y to highlight the products of our region.’’

The auxiliary also started the Naponda Farmers’ Market in 2011.

It too made a return after COVID-19 lockdowns at the weekend.

‘‘The market gives producers on the land an opportunit­y to sell their goods and showcase that, much like at the store,’’ Mrs Ellerman said.

‘‘It’s a great opportunit­y for community members to support shop local and meet our producers.

‘‘It has been so successful in highlighti­ng the goods from our region that three of these producers now sell in retail.’’

The Naponda Store is located at 226 Cressy St, Deniliquin. Current opening hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm weekdays and 9am to 12.30pm Saturday.

According to NSW Government requiremen­ts, you must be double vaccinated, use the QR code sign in and wear a mask to enter.

For more informatio­n, phone Mrs Ellerman on 0427 812 761 or email

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invite ?? (From left) Naponda volunteers Tegan people to come in and shop.
Lilford, Deb Lee and Sue Muenster invite (From left) Naponda volunteers Tegan people to come in and shop.

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