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Published Friday 12 August 2022
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Support for local business vital during rejuvenation works

Local business needs your support during the Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project.

That’s the message from Born Free Clothing owner Rebecca Brown, as she deals with the temporary impacts of the project.

Rebecca started the business in December 2020 after realising what was important to her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Starting a business in the middle of a global pandemic was a scary thing to do but there’s no time like the present,” she said.

“I enjoyed my time working in clothing shops in Kilmore when I was younger and after some time in Melbourne, I missed it.

“Like most people, the pandemic made me think about what’s important. I’ve always wanted to own my own clothing business, so I decided to take the plunge and come back to Kilmore to do it.”

Rebecca said the Kilmore community was very supportive of her new business during the pandemic and are continuing that support during the works on Sydney Street.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a challenge. The access to businesses and the loss of some foot traffic has had an impact,” she said.

“But we have to stay focused on the positives and find ways to adapt. I think this is going to be a great facelift for the centre of Kilmore and will make it more visually appealing.

“I’ve been doing free local deliveries to make it easier for my customers during the works.

“It’s been a positive experience and a great way to keep in touch with them while there are disruptions on the street.”

Rebecca said the best thing people can do during the works is stay positive and support local business.

“We’re all feeling the impacts of the works but it’s a temporary issue,” she said.

“However, businesses are feeling it and need support from locals.

“We’re all still open and very keen to keep catching up with and serving our customers.

“So, don’t be a stranger, visit your favourite local businesses and support them through the works.”

For more information about the Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project, visit the project page.

Quotes from Mitchell Shire Mayor

Works are moving ahead on this important project that will see an improved town centre for Kilmore.

We know it’s a difficult time for residents and businesses and we thank them for their patience and understanding during the works.

Council and the contractor are doing everything possible to hasten the completion of this project, but these very significant works take time to be completed to a high standard.

This is an important project for the future of Kilmore and I encourage everyone to continue supporting local business to help minimise the impact.

Cr Bill Chisholm

This page was last updated on 12 August 2022.