Kyabram Free Press
New home for newsagency
For the first time, or at least the first time in the past 70 years, Tongala Newsagency will move out of Mangan St.
The newsagency, which has been a community hub in the dairy farming town for as long as its doors have been open, won't be closing — it's just moving a few hundred metres away.
Names such as the Buchanans, the Morrises, the Tynans and more recently the Newmans, have run the business, which has delivered the community the news of the day.
Now, Nimmi and Kash Bolla are taking over the business from longtime owner Dave Newman, a decorated sportsman who has relocated to Inverloch.
After his move out of the area the business has been managed by Rhonda Lowe, who will not move with the business to the service station location.
Mr Newman said he appreciated the support of the town for the past 11 years, since he had taken over the business from Ray and Joan Robertson.
"We've had a special group of employees who have worked for us, with a special mention to Kaylene Trevaskis and Rhonda Lowe, who managed the place when we moved to Inverloch,'' Mr Newman said
The Bollas, who operate Liberty Service Station in Tongala, will take over the newsagency and plan to keep up the reputation of the business.
"The one big bonus for people is that the newsagency will be open for a lot longer, and seven days a week," Ms Bolla said.
The couple has a history in small business, having operated a successful service station and take-away business in one of Victoria's busiest tourist towns, Bright.
Tongala's development group is aiming to make the Campaspe shire hamlet a tourist attraction and the extended operating hours of the newsagency and Tatts outlet will only serve to enhance that reputation.
There will be some initial pain, before the long-term gain, for the Tattslotto fanatics in the town.
Due to the COVID-19 delays with the opening of new Tatts outlets, the facilities on offer at the Mangan St facility will not be operational until October 1 at the new site.
And while it is not perfect, at least not in the initial stages of the newsagency re-location, the new owners said they would have things up and running as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, there is a Tatts outlet in Kyabram for those dreaming of winning big.
The newsagency will be open from 6am until 8pm on weekdays and on the weekends from 8am until 8pm.
"It will be a bit easier for people to put their Tattslotto on, or to get their dose of newspapers or magazines on the weekend now. The newsagency wasn't open as much on weekends, but that will now change," Ms Bolla said.
The Bollas have been in Tongala for almost two years and hope the new "one-stop shop" will make life more convenient for their customers.
"We will be very happy once everything is up and running, but from a newsagency point of view, things are already pretty similar to what was in Mangan St," Ms Bolla said.
"It's a pretty exciting venture for us.”