Back in business at community op shop

OPEN SHOP: Councillor Bobby Bourke with Greg Iacono who had dropped off several bags of donations for the community op shop.

OPEN SHOP: Councillor Bobby Bourke with Greg Iacono who had dropped off several bags of donations for the community op shop.

DONATIONS are again rolling in at the Bathurst Community Op Shop after it reopened for business on Friday.

Op shop co-ordinator Councillor Bobby Bourke and around 10 volunteers were on hand to receive donated goods to be either resold or handed out to community members in need.

The reopening came just three weeks after the op shop was badly damaged in a fire that police believe was deliberately lit.

Cr Bourke said it could not have happened so quickly without the support of the community and the tireless help of op shop volunteers.

“It’s been pretty steady since we opened at 9am,” he said.

“We’ve received some good quality blankets and sheets already, and some clothes as well.

“It’s great to be open again. The volunteers love coming down here – it’s what they do to fill in their day now they’re retired.”

The op shop is now operating from a shed out the back that used to be a sorting shed, with racks of clothes and displays of crockery, books and videos.

Used furniture was on display under the op shop verandah for people looking for second hand cupboards, chairs and lounges.

Cr Bourke said now they were open for business again the op shop would be open from 9am-4pm each weekday.

The op shop is at 8 Lions Club Drive, Kelso, near Lions Berry Park.

It is housed in an historic building that dates back to the 1860s when it operated as an inn. 

For more information, phone 0448 433 843.

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