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Don’t let fuel cost ‘steer you away’

KYABRAM has been named the second most expensive in the state for unleaded fuel – but don’t blame the service stations here.The big chains set the prices for all their retailers and Harvey Smith, who owns the Shell station on Allan St, said he’s disappointed about complaints against petrol stations in the area. “We are the only independent service station left in Kyabram, we’re open seven days a week and we employ six locals who would be possibly without a job if the station closed down,” he said.“We really try hard to do the right thing, we give back to the community and we look after our staff, they are the most important people to us together with our loyal customer base.“Kyabram is off the main highway and being open every day of the week mostly from 6.00am to 10pm is in itself costly.“That meant that last year, our staff payroll was about a quarter of a million dollars.”He said the fact few of the town’s retails outlets were open on weekends, and many of the shops closed, early meant traffic wasn’t coming through as regularly. “This alone would take some time to correct if Kyabram’s retailers were to change their trading hours to attract more shoppers into our town,” Mr Harvey said.Mr Smith pointed out his service station has a partner program with Kyabram IGA, where customers can get 4c off a litre if they spend $25 or more on groceries.“That gives our locals a discount and helps the IGA to survive as well,” Mr Smith said.“Kyabram has got so much going for it but we won’t survive if we fight among ourselves.“Businesses still have to make money. If there is nothing open in Ky, people won’t come.“In this environment retail is difficult enough, we don’t want Kyabram turned into a ghost town.”Outgoing Chamber of Commerce president Miles Gould said that while he believed petrol prices could be improved, going out of town to fill up was not the answer.“I know of people in the community who drive to Shepparton to fill up their petrol, and while they are there they might do some grocery shopping, and go to the pharmacy to pick something up,” he said. “That means not only do the service stations lose out, but so does our local IGA or Woolworths, and the two pharmacies in town don’t even get a chance to compete.“I think people will find the prices of goods in Kyabram are either equal, or at a minimum extra cost, to those in of Shepparton. “And besides, you’ve got to question whether the cost of driving to Shepparton and back is really worth it in petrol.”Mr Gould urged shoppers to put their money where their mouths are when they do their spending. “Think about where you shop and what you are supporting with your spending.”

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Lancaster’s dream run comes to an end

by Gus UnderwoodLANCASTER’S hot finals run was doused in no uncertain matter by a more robust and slicker Tallygaroopna in last Saturday’s Kyabram District Football League preliminary final at Dookie.In what was a 184 point turnaround from its 99 point thumping by Nagambie in the second semi-final the previous week, Tally took the sluggish Wombats to the cleaners in a 95 points - 21.14 to 8.7 - demolition to book its spot in the season decider against Nagambie this Saturday at Mooroopna.Rebounding from its walloping the previous week when not at full strength Tally was in command from the start on Saturday, jumping the Wombats by kicking the first five goals of the game.It was obvious even then Lancaster was in trouble and it got no better as the game progressed.Bustling Tally midfielders and onballers in Adam Brassil, Matt Pianto, Tim Karolidis, Jayden Goodwin and Austin Tricaro won the tough ball and supplied a smorgasbord of chances for the team’s forwards Josh Wellington, Jai Utiger, Sean Arnold, Heath Barton and Tyson Sidebottom.They kicked 16 of Tally’s goals and Lancaster didn’t have enough manpower to contain them.Fly-in Lancaster player Tom Davies started winning some of the ball after a slow start but Lancaster had no playmakers to make a sizeable impact on the game.Defender Adam Vick continued his fine season and worked tirelessly on a class opponent in Sidebottom and forwards Nic Ryan, Zac Cerrone and Billy Ryan were able to make an impact at times.Besim Besim, Brad Orr, Steve Thomson and Jack Donnell also battled hard to the bitter end but with Tally dominating the centre balls ups and clearances the Lancaster’s defence was under siege all game.Key forward Billy Ryan sparked to life in the third term to kick three successive goals, but Tally also slotted three goals to hold its commanding lead going into the final stanza.Tally went on with it again in the last term to kick seven goals to Lancaster two to further increase its winning margin in the remarkable turnaround.‘‘We were cooked after two previous hard finals games,’’ said Lancaster coach Corey Caver.‘‘We hardly fired a shot really and they were a lot harder at the ball than us.’’But Carver, who has been reappointed for next season, said at the start of the season if he was offered a top three finish he would have taken it.‘‘We virtually came from seventh spot to get as far as we did so that’s a big plus.‘‘We have to try and pick a couple more strong bodied recruits to take the next step,’’ added Carver.The 64 dollar question now teasing league fans is: Can Tally reverse two heavy recent defeats by Nagambie in the season decider this Saturday at Mooroopna?Tally was too bad to be true when undermanned and thrashed by the Lakers by 99 points two weeks ago in the second semi final. Although it is expected to make a lot of improvement on that effort Nagambie holds a massive mental edge for this showdown.

Kyabram Free Press