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Giant relocation garage sale

Garage Sale will be held at 6 Whitehead Road Millicent on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October
from 10-00 to 4-00 pm everything must go.

Items for sale include

100 series diesel landcruiser station wagon WWA-980
Slide on canopy with full annex Columbus pop up sleeping quarters,
Hot water system invertor generator,
90 litre water tank,
Full roof rack suit dual cab or single cab tray only 3 years old.
Antiques, bric a brac, household items, tiles and building materials.

FJ 45 lancdcruiser fro wrecking

Wheels and tyres to suit 4 X 4’s and trailers.

and so much more.

Please phone 0409 750 930 for any enquiries.

A red carpet affair for the MBCA Awards

by S Lowe for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Fosters Foodland was honoured with a standing ovation from the 245 strong crowd attending the MBCA Cabaret Awards event as they were announced the 2015 Inductees to the MBCA Hall of Fame. Foster’s is  a family owned and operated local business of 68 years and one which has a proven commitment to community through their founder the late Bob Foster, Brian for many years and more recently David. This was one of the two Awards received by Fosters Foodland but as Brian said later, the Community Spirit Award in honour of his father Bob, was really something special to receive.

The Millicent Business Community Association turned on all the glitz and glamour of a red carpet event to showcase Millicent and District businesses and their employees with a 245 strong crowd almost filling the Civic and Arts Centre to capacity. 5THE FM’s Rebekah Lowe  (and MBCA committee member)  hosted the evening introducing MBCA Chairman Margaret Chapple to officially open the 5th Annual Awards Cabaret.   Ms Chapple thanked the community for supporting the event saying she never thought her biggest  concern in the lead up to the event would be fitting everyone in and congratulated the community for supporting the event.

The decision to hold the annual award event as a red carpet Cabaret,  had paid off Ms Chapple said;  former Chairperson Mike Reilly had envisaged such an event and look, she said, “we made it happen.”

The event was primarily to announce the award winners and celebrate all nominees but also to showcase local business with the MBCA enlisting local food industry businesses to prepare supper and provide bar facilities. Platters were purchased from the Community Club, Andy’s Bakery, New Heaven Indian Restaurant, The Balcony Cafe, The Somerset Hotel, Shearers Cook Cafe and the Somerset Hotel provided the bar.  Komma Media provided media facilities including a video of the event which will be on the MBCA website shortly.

Judges experienced in business awards formed the judging panel again with Sheryl Lowe chairing the panel  for the past 2 years. Mike Ryan and Glenn Brown have been on the panel for the 5 years of the awards, Rob Forgan joined the panel 2 years ago.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin sent a letter of congratulations to the MBCA on the Awards event but was unable to attend this year.

Ms Chapple said nominations exceeded all expectations this year with 94 nominees representing 41 businesses and 53 individuals. Nominees were presented to the crowd walking the red carpet to receive a Certificate of Nomination from the MBCA Chairperson.

The MBCA Awards consist of 4 Outstanding Business Awards and 2 Employee Awards and the winners are:-

Cateogory 1  – MBCA Agriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture Award   – Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd.

Category 2  –   MBCA Construction, Manufacture and Trades Award- Cocky’s Signs

Category 3 –    MBCA Service Industry Award – New Heaven Indian Restaurant

Category 4 –    MBCA Retail Industry Award  –  Heaven on a Hanger

Employee of the Year – Sandy Walshaw – The Millicent &  District Community Club

Young Employee of the Year – Dylan Lambert – Millicent Toyota –  Sponsored by Millicent Rotary Club

A newly created award in honour of the late Mr Bob Foster – The MBCA Community Spirit Award was awarded to Foster’s Foodland Pty Ltd

The MBCA Hall of Fame ( Sponsored by Wattle Range Council) awarded to a Millicent and District owned business who has been continually operated by the same person(s) or family for over 25 years was awarded to Fosters Foodland Pty Ltd

Major sponsors of the event were Wattle Range Council, SE Times and 5THE FM all contributing in excess on $1000-00 each in total in services.

Sponsors Millicent Florist, Teagle Contractors, Andrew Leslie, Millicent Farm Supplies, Komma Media, Millicent Veterinary Clinic, Thomson Drilling, Heaven on Hanger, with Banner providing plants,  Holla-Fresh providing herbs for the supper table  and Chris Hollingsworth providing equipment.


Individual articles about each winner follows this report.




MBCA confident in the future

Margaret Chapple

MBCA Chairman Margaret Chapple

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline/wattlerangenow

The Millicent Business Community Association (MBCA) met last night Tuesday 16th June with enthusiastic confidence in the future of the association and business in the surrounding Wattle Range District. Chairman Margaret Chapple welcomed the committee and visiting members saying she has enjoyed the first month in her new role and is confident in the future of the association. The MBCA knows where it is going and the enthusiasm of its committee is infectious with businesses rejoining and nominations for the Outstanding Business Awards already coming  in, both in hard copy and on-line. Sixteen members attended with seven apologies showing a healthy support for the association Ms Chapple said.

Much of last nights agenda was focused on the Cabaret Awards event on July 25th at the Civic and Arts Centre but other topics of discussion included the WIN TV Advertising, Street Radios, memberships renewals, welcome packs for new businesses, and the very successful Millicent North Kindy Shopping Spree.  The empty shops project was discussed with plans underway to approach owners to allow community groups to have displays in them so that it improves the appearance of George Street. The upkeep and overall appearance of the shops fronts and the rear entrances facing Railway Tce was also discussed with ideas welcomed on how this could be improved.

Council is planning to hold  a public meeting;  encouraging community ideas on what Millicent will look like in 5,10 or 15 years. Economic Development Manager Ed Scanlon said council plans to develop a Community Plan for Millicent. Penola, Southend, Beachport and Penola are also interested in forming a Community Plan.  Ideas can include how the community wants the town to look and also what amenities will be needed in the future. Mr Scanlon said council’s draft business plan and budget will be adopted with only a few adjustments regarding health matters from community feedback.

The Merchandise Training arranged by council was held  on Monday 15th with about 23 attending in Millicent and a similar number in Penola the day before. Businesses attending were positive about it’s benefit and said they spent the next day rearranging their shops. Ideas about attracting services not available in Millicent were also discussed, including optometry.  Suggestions included a council sponsored space that could be rented on a daily basis by businesses, providing services to local people with reduced rental costs for the participating businesses. There was concern that members of the community may be disadvantaged because they cannot travel to Mt Gambier for essential services or cannot take time from work to do so.

The Commonwealth Bank in George Street Millicent will soon become a stand alone bank with a manager instead of a sub-branch showing confidence in the business future of the region.

The committee discussed farmers and  primary producers contribution to the economy and their success as businesses. The farming community is welcome to be members of the MBCA and be involved in it’s activities; they are also eligible to be nominated in the business awards.

Nominations for the Outstanding Business Awards can be made on-line at  https://millicentbca.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/oba-nomination-form/    or nominations forms are available in local businesses.

Nominees will be notified by mail.

Tickets for the Cabaret are $25-00 each and are available at Heaven on Hanger,  Alternate Life and Balcony Cafe.