Time for a change for Tyre Ser­vice owner

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - By James Ben­nett

Satur­day marked the end of an era for Fin­ley Tyre Ser­vice with long time owner Barry Dawe re­tir­ing from the busi­ness.

Mr Dawe, 72, started work­ing at the tyre ser­vice 35 years ago, how­ever he re­cently de­cided his ‘‘time was up’’.

‘‘It’s just time to go and give some­body else a chance to take over,’’ he said.

‘‘It wasn’t an easy choice but I’ve been think­ing about it for a while; it’s never an easy de­ci­sion.

‘‘What I’ve en­joyed most is the peo­ple I’ve had to deal with. They be­come like your fam­ily and it’s nice to see the same peo­ple come back again.

‘‘You feel like they’re com­ing back be­cause they’ve been given some­thing spe­cial or be­cause it’s good ser­vice.’’

Fin­ley Tyre Ser­vice was orig­i­nally owned by Pat Bar­rett and lo­cated in Mur­ray St in the build­ing now oc­cu­pied by South­ern Rive­rina Live­stock & Prop­erty.

Mr Bar­rett also owned tyre ser­vice busi­nesses in Co­bram and Ber­ri­gan.

Mr Dawe worked at the Fin­ley busi­ness for seven years un­der Mr Bar­rett be­fore buy­ing it from him and then even­tu­ally mov­ing it to Pin­nuck St where it is to­day.

‘‘We’ve had the ban­ner on the sec­ond last page of the SRN for ba­si­cally 35 years,’’ Mr Dawe said.

‘‘Over the past 35 years tech­nol­ogy and ma­te­ri­als have im­proved, mak­ing tyres more durable.’’

Mr Dawe said these changes have been ‘‘un­be­liev­able’’.

‘‘For a start, the size of tyres has changed from about two sizes when I started at about 13 to 14 inch to these days they’ve gone to 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 and even 24 inches.

‘‘The size of a trac­tor tyre has changed dra­mat­i­cally. Trac­tor tyres crossply or bias ply tyres and then with the in­ven­tion of ra­dial tyres they all were turned into ra­di­als.

‘‘All trac­tor tyres are pretty much tube­less and they’re big­ger, last longer and have a big­ger rolling ra­dius.

‘‘Prob­a­bly the big­gest change with all tyres is how much longer they last.’’

Mr Dawe said he will now be able to spend more time work­ing with the Fin­ley Com- mu­nity Help Group and Sec­ond Hand Store, Fin­ley Foot­ball and Net­ball Club, Fin­ley Pool Com­mit­tee and the Fin­ley Apex Sports and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Com­mit­tee.

The busi­ness will now be taken over by neigh­bour­ing car me­chanic busi­ness Boomerang Mo­tors.

Mr Dawe said he would like to wish new owner Paul Cic­col­ini and the team the best of luck in the fu­ture.

Barry Dawe (left) has handed over the reins of Fin­ley Tyre Ser­vice to Boomerang Mo­tors owner Paul Cic­col­ini.

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