Self-suf­fi­cient Sec­ond-Hand Shop

Southern Riverina news - - BULLETIN BOARD -

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.

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