Deniliquin’s newest ‘op shop’ is already paying dividends for its beneficiaries, with a new shade sail for the St Paul’s Anglican Church playground one of the projects funded through its proceeds.
The Community Op Shop is coordinated and run by the church in conjunction with Deniliquin Rotary, with proceeds shared between both for various activities.
St Paul’s Reverend Wayne Sheean, who will take over the reigns as Rotary president later this year, said the shop is now open two days a week.
‘‘We’re now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm, and we’ve also been able to expand our space a bit,’’ Rev Sheean said.
‘‘We have a large bric-a-brac section and a larger book section, and it’s now also a bit easier to navigate the shop.
‘‘The idea of the op shop is to give back to the community, not just raise money for the church.
‘‘That’s why Rotary is involved, and some of the proceeds from the shop have gone towards its fundraising.
‘‘We’ve also bought new sail cloth to help protect our Wednesday playgroup, and that was quite costly.’’
The Community Op Shop was started by St Paul’s and Deniliquin Rotary in October 2017, after initially starting as an op shop stall at the Deniliquin Lions Community Market.
It is held inside the St Paul’s church hall, which is accessible from Poictiers St, Deniliquin — opposite the Deniliquin Court House.