Fill what we’ve al­ready got

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Ob­vi­ously the part­ners of Ti­palia have more fi­nance than they can han­dle when it comes to Co­bram Vil­lage.

The few peo­ple who, it was sug­gested, go to Shep­par­ton on a weekly ba­sis to do their shop­ping, have too much time on their hands and re­ally do it as an out­ing so­cially.

They say the top five shops wanted in Co­bram are not al­ready there.

Some have closed be­cause of lack of pop­u­la­tion growth, but mostly for eco­nomic rea­sons.

If you re­ally are in­ter­ested in know­ing what di­vides a town, just take a look at Shep­par­ton.

In Co­bram there are four bak­eries, five ladies’ cloth­ing shops, five banks, many hair­dressers, mas­sage ther­a­pists, chi­ro­prac­tors and sev­eral lunch venues.

This pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is ob­vi­ously 10 to 15 years ahead of its time. It would be far more pro­duc­tive to fill the ex­ist­ing shops cur­rently va­cant, by pro­mot­ing Co­bram town­ship through tourism en­ter­prises.

I would sug­gest some lo­cal pro­pri­etors ad­just their rents to try to en­cour­age prospec­tive tenants.

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