Self-sufficient Second-Hand Shop
The Finley Community Help Group’s Second-Hand Shop has become so successful it is now fully self-sufficient.
It had previously required support from Berrigan Shire Council to provide the charity service, but the Finley Community Help Group has grown to the point where it was able to donate $10,000 to the Finley community last year.
Given this success, the committee will now become independent of council.
Berrigan Shire will still continue to offer some support to ensure all profits can go back into the community.
Council has offered to lease the secondhand shop’s Endeavour St building to the group for ‘‘peppercorn rent’’ for the next five years.
Shire general manager Rowan Perkins said council would continue to offer other support to the Finley Community Help Group as needed and ‘‘where it can’’.
Group president Barry Dawe said the decision to stand-alone was ‘‘great for us and council’’.
‘‘Both sides have been working hard for this (separation) for the past 18 months,’’ Mr Dawe said.
‘‘It reflects on the hard work of the core group of volunteers.
‘‘We put back more than $10,000 per year into the Finley community.
‘‘The Help Group provides plenty of support to the schools in Finley, the nursing home and the Finley band.
‘‘I thank our volunteers and we’re always on the look out for more.’’
The second-hand shop is open Wednesdays from 9am-1pm, Thursdays from 9am2pm, Fridays from 9am-4pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon.