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Buzz a Mixed Bag

VISIONARY volunteers in Pyramid Hill have established a foundation to promote and sell arts, crafts and local produce in their new social enterprise.

Mixed Bag was last week granted permission by Loddon Shire Council to use the town’s former maternal health centre building.

And the volunteers are now setting their sights on adding more buzz to the town’s main street.

Michelle Miller, one of the locals behind the initiative, said original plans had been to have Mixed Bag open by Christmas but COVID and permit processes would likely mean an early 2022 start to showcasing local products and crafts.

“We have already received interest from 10 suppliers and that’s before making the new enterprise more widely known,” Michelle said.

She said the Mixed Bag shop business plan had been put together by small business consultant Jim Chamouras with one of the local group volunteers Emma Moon researching a share shop concept in Quambatook.

“We also hope in time to establish a community garden. The shop will be in a prime position and run by volunteers,”

Michelle said. “We’ll be looking for grants and funding to bring the building up to standard.”

She said the group was meeting monthly to advance plans.

The Mixed Bag enterprise is also showing commitment from the community to better utilise the former health centre.

Michelle said Mixed Bag had evolved from an earlier aim of establishing an arts hub in the building.

“It’s a prime position in town waiting to be used,” she said.

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