Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Business chamber says store closures no reflection on Charleville

By Chrissy Arthur, Wednesday July 16, 2014 - 10:46 EST

The Charleville Chamber of Commerce says the closure of two major retailers in the town has nothing to do with the town or the drought.

It is holding public meeting with the Murweh Shire Council this Friday morning, to update residents on what is happening to entice new business.

Target and Crazy Clarks are due to close in the community this weekend.

The chamber's John Burey says there are solid opportunities for businesses but it is a difficult time to attract new players to the region.

"The drought affects all of us, so when the rural properties are struggling, they've just got to batten down the hatches and get through this and one of those things is only spending money on the necessities, and at the moment that is to keep their livestock stock alive," he said.

"That's the problem with these two stores closing at the moment, is that it is not the ideal time for someone new to come in and have a look and think this is a vibrant little town."

Mr Burey says the chamber is keen to identify gaps in local commerce and hear ideas to help businesses thrive.

"Corporate businesses seem to be moving out of rural areas and that leaves opportunities for smaller businesses or private companies to move in and fill that gap," he said.

"People have been concerned that the town is dying and there is a problem and what we are trying to reassure people is that it is absolutely nothing to do with Charleville.

"Unfortunately we just happen to have two of those [stores closing] in our town."


- ABC

© ABC 2014

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Government loans announced for cyclone-affected farmers as wet weather prevents assessment of crop damage

11:57 EDT

Wet weather has continued to plague parts of cyclone-affected north Queensland overnight, hampering farmers' efforts to survey damage to their properties.

BOM warns Brisbane, south-east Queensland face flooding from ex-Cyclone Debbie

11:52 EDT

Hundreds of thousands of school kids have been sent home as ex-Cyclone Debbie nears south-east Queensland, bringing flash flooding with more than a month's worth of rain in a single day.

Cyclone Debbie: Brisbane drenched as system moves through south-east Queensland

11:45 EDT

Dark skies have closed in on Brisbane and the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie are being felt along the south-east coast.