Families flock to Village fair
Thursday, 17th April, 2014
By Erica Visser
Pieces of red ribbon adorned employees’ uniforms at Broken Hill Village yesterday to symbolise the long-awaited opening of the city’s new shopping complex.
Coles employees excitedly cut the opening ribbon at 8am yesterday before dozens of customers began to pour in, some stopping to grab a hot drink from the Gloria Jeans’ coffee cart positioned just inside the entrance to the giant supermarket.
“Cutting the ribbon symbolises a lot today. Wear the ribbon with pride,” Coles Marketing Manager Vanesa Russack said.
By 9am, the complex was filled with families having a sausage to support Silverlea, children having their faces painted or pushing their own miniature trolley around Target.
Coles Zone General Manager Kevin Gunn said that he was proud to be opening the city’s newest “vibrant and brilliant shopping destination.”
There was more than a hint of optimism about the future from everyone the BDT spoke with yesterday.
“I’m so proud to stand here in front of you today as a born and bred local,” Coles Store Manager Heath Netherwood said.
“This occasion is very close to my heart.”
Mayor Wincen Cuy said that after months of “doom and gloom” in Broken Hill, “today is the start of a new era.”
Mayor Cuy paid tribute to the role former City Council administrator Ken Boyle played in supporting the development of the village, despite some opposition.
“I’d like to take my hat off to the late Ken Boyle who, under controversy, said that this complex should go ahead for the betterment of Broken Hill,” he said.
The mayor also noted that Coles had acknowledged “the importance of our history” with a plaque commemorating Globe Timber Mills, which had long occupied the Gossan Street site.
Cheap as Chips also proved popular, with its Store Manager Kristy Harris expected a busy 13-hour day.
“It is very exciting. We’ve been setting up now for about five weeks,” she said.
Several metres tall and bright yellow, Cheap as Chips’ mascot Mr Chip was also there in the flesh and bringing in the customers.
“We’ve got Mr Chip out there on the road waving people in.”
LDD Top Chinese Massage’s Bill Li said that it was great to be opening at a second shop in Broken Hill.
The original LDD Massage shop, in Argent Street, will remain open.