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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.”

Holly Tregenza




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Prey for a day at Fauna Park

THERE will be fun for everyone at Kyabram Fauna Park these school holidays, with the Birds of Prey Fun Day plus free animal interactions every day.General Manager Lachlan Gordon said last year’s Birds of Prey Day was popular, but this year’s event on Wednesday, October 2 from 10am to 4pm will be even bigger and better.“Visitors will enjoy close encounters with birds of prey, spectacular flight shows and presentations from experienced bird handlers,” Mr Gordon said.“Full Flight Birds of Prey Centre will bring an array of birds to Kyabram Fauna Park including owls, wedge tailed eagle, Australian kestrel, peregrine falcon and more.“We’ve also got a monster croc jumping castle, face painting, temporary tattoos and craft zone.“Roving animal encounters will be a feature of the day with our friendly and knowledgeable keepers roaming the park with their scaly, furry and feathered friends so visitors can get up close to our amazing animals.“Visitors will also enjoy parrot and kangaroo feeding, meeting a koala, reptile interaction and exploring the historic Hazelmen Cottage.All the Birds of Prey Fun Day activities are included in the usual park entry cost. People can skip the queue by pre-purchasing tickets from echucamoama.com/birds-of-prey-fun-day-at-kyabram-fauna-park. Annual membership pass holders can also skip the queue.Mr Gordon thanked the Kyabram Club and Hinchliffe and Greed Real Estate, who are sponsors of the event.

Holly Tregenza