Hunt for new family for Booleroo Centre

FESTIVE: Colin Nottle is hanging out the Christmas decorations and welcome for a new family that wants to settle in the town to start a business in the rent-free building.
FESTIVE: Colin Nottle is hanging out the Christmas decorations and welcome for a new family that wants to settle in the town to start a business in the rent-free building.

Colin Nottle is playing Father Christmas to his beloved Booleroo Centre.

Thanks to the farmer and local councillor, the town is offering a rent-free business site to a lucky family.

With the population hovering around 500, the district is desperate for "new blood" in the form of settlers such as a tradesman and family to take over the disused Hunts Fuel's site.

Mr Nottle saw that the shed-workshop had been vacant for about four years and he then decided to approach the company about providing it rent-free to a new business.

So, at Christmas time, the town is offering a special "gift" to a family seeking a new start in a great location.

Mr Nottle said the 60m x 30m building was previously used by a mechanic.

While not wishing to single out any new venture, he said it would be good to have a plumber in the town.

"We are open to anyone," he said.

"It is a Christmas present for someone - whoever takes it - from Hunts and the town.

"I should be wearing a red-and-white Santa's cap."

Mr Nottle said he was representing Booleroo Centre, not acting as a Mount Remarkable District Council elected member.

"I am from a Booleroo Centre pioneer family - one of the last six in the district," he said.

He said the opportunity would be ideal for someone wanting to set up a new business or relocate an established one. The site consists of a security-fenced, air-conditioned workshop and office.

Only the utilities - such as council rates, power and water costs - need to be paid.

Expressions of interest should be directed to Mr Nottle on 0427 672 180.

Mr Nottle said it was desirable that the successful applicant would live in the town.

"The community thanks David Hunt, of Hunts Fuel, for this generous offer," he said.

Mr Hunt said all small towns were struggling and it was a shame the premises in Booleroo Centre was not being used.

"Attracting someone to a town is difficult without having some sort of a base to work from," he said.

The site will continue to be a fuel outlet for the good corporate citizen, Hunts Fuel.

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