Just like the good old days

Brett Hocking, pictured with butcher Steve Quinn, initiated a growing home delivery service in the shire. Photo Kim Woods.

An old fashion home delivery service of milk, meat, bread and groceries has been embraced by Narrandera Shire residents.

Brett Hocking, of Narrandera Milk, Drinks and Small Goods, floated the idea with local businesses, Narrandera Gourmet Meats and Narrandera Bakery, quickly jumping on board.

The home delivery service expanded beyond the Narrandera township to Grong Grong, Colinroobie and Sandigo.

Mr Hocking said the business had been over run with orders since launching the service.

“With the butcher and baker, residents are asked to order and pay direct with them as we are basically the transport company,” he said. “The delivery fee is factored in the pricing. There is room for expansion but it is only week one.”

Grong Grong and Colinroobie deliveries are made Tuesday afternoons, and Sandigo Hall on Thursday mornings.

“There is strict social distancing and we are encouraging tap n’ go payment but we understand in town there is an element of the population without tap ‘n go, so we are sterilizing the cash,” Mr Hocking said.

“I can remember the milk deliveries as a kid and haven’t heard the milk van’s horn blow since. People have been yelling out how wonderful it is to hear the horn again.

“Once coronavirus leaves us, we will endeavor to see if there is a need to continue operating the service, depending on how the town supports the local Riverina Fresh brand.

“There is a real need for the town to support us as locals and for us to support those businesses still open such as the restaurants and coffee shops with their takeaway meals.

“Look out for the locals and support each other all the way through it.”

Butcher Steve Quinn said more than a dozen orders had flooded in once residents heard of the service.

Mr Quinn said it was all about supporting local businesses in these tough times.

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