South tries change for size
Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011
By Caitlin Keenan
Local South BH business owner Jason King said people should expect great things from Patton Village.
"Watch this space" he said yesterday.
The Patton Village Association met on Sunday and Mr King said it went really well.
"It's good to see some results come from it.
"It was a really good turn out. It was good to see representatives from different places.
"We're working on some specific plans across three areas."
Mr King said the association was focusing on events, branding and infrastructure.
A recent grant meant the group could invest in advertising and brochures, he said.
But Mr King said they were looking to build more sustainable branding for Patton Village.
He said the group had organised an event for the Sunday after St Pat's Races - a "recovery breakfast", market stalls and live music.
South Broken Hill businessman, Rudolph Alagich, said he remembered the Patton Street public events of yesteryear.
He said the Christmas party and parade used to be one of the highlights of the year, and that the new Patton Village Association will do well.
"We had it in the past and I hope it will succeed," Mr Alagich said. "It will get better and better."
Mr Alagich, who used to be president of a traders association in the South said he thought the loyalty of the locals was admirable.
"Most of my customers became my friends," he said. "In the South people are very loyal to their shops."
Mr Alagich said this loyalty would ensure the survival of Patton Village.