The other day when I stopped off at the Shepparton East store, the proprietor said that he wanted more subdivisions on that side of town. As there was more customers in the shop I didn’t question him further – I didn’t want to disrupt him doing business, but today I got to go back and chat with him further.
I had assumed that part of his reasoning was the viability of his business, but apparently it has more to do with the struggling apple growers. With increasing imports forcing prices down, the orchards on that side of town simply aren’t viable anymore and many of them want to leave but can’t find a buyer. This is largely a local government issue, but I’m seeking solutions – I’m wondering if a boutique cider brewery could be viable, it could be built next to the chocolate factory and supply local licensed premises.
I then visited Stanhope, stopped for a chat at Mullins Canvas in Tongala and headed down to Corop. Next I visited a few businesses in Rochester, then Lockington, Prairie, Mitiamo and Durham Ox, before heading into Boort where I spoke to several people about my candidacy.
I then headed home via Pyramid Hill, Echuca, Undera and Mooroopna. I didn’t get to speak to as many people today as I’d have liked, but at least my face is out there through the conversations I had and the flyers I distributed.