Bass Valley's Op Shop upgrade

Bass Valley Community Group

The Bass Valley Community Group needed to replace a dilapidated shed it used to store and sell larger items for its Opportunity Shop. Working out of what was the teacher’s residence for the old school, surplus items had to be stored in the adjacent shed which had become rusty, leaky and dark and over the years, had even been inhabited by a tiger snake.

By successfully applying for a $3,500 Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grant, the volunteer group from southern-eastern Victoria, was able to provide better protection for the items for sale with a new shed.

After a local farmer demolished the old facility, grateful to be able to salvage the rusty tin and old steel, the remnants of the foundations were broken up and the site cleared. New foundations were laid, with a residential-grade concrete slab, and a new shed was erected. 

The Community Group reports that the new shed has been transformative. Customers can now enjoy a better experience when looking for items in the Opportunity Shop to suit their needs, and sales have picked up as a result. Workers too, who donate their time and efforts, can be more comfortable when spending extended periods in the shed with great natural light filtering inside the building. Safety and security also improved, with a new roller door installed to replace the old tilt door which was potentially dangerous and moved unpredictably. Finally, the significant outcome is that the Bass Valley Community Group is in a better financial position when it comes to providing services to its mainly elderly, local patrons.

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