Mathoura’s new general store

July 15, 2017

Mathoura is extending best wishes for success to Matt and Jo Bertram who this week opened the Mathoura General Store.

The new business has been established adjacent the pharmacy depot in Livingstone Street in a building, which in a past life, was a supermarket for many years.

The couple has deliberately started off small with a basic range of grocery items, fruit and vegetables with frozen goods due in next week. A selection of shoes is also available.

It is their intention to build on this as demand grows and in response to customer requests and suggestions. Jo has already established a list of items people have indicated they would like to have stocked in the store.

The Mathoura General Store will operate seven days a week from 9am until 7pm. Fruit and vegetables will be delivered fresh twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and people wanting to order specific items should advise Jo two days ahead.

Jo is the one in the partnership who has experience in the retail area so Matt, who is a builder, has put her in charge of their new venture. She will have ‘assistance’ from their 20-month old son, Ned.


The Timbercutters will be having a Gala Ball later this month.

The event will offer patrons the chance to dress up and dance the night away to DJ Devoe.

The function will be held in the Mathoura Shire Hall and admission will be $50 (early bird) or $60 at the door.

Finger food will be served and drinks will be a bar prices.


Don’t forget the Mathoura On The Map Committee’s Annual General Meeting on Monday night.

The group is working to make our town a better place for all of us and is looking for new ideas – and new people to help bring them to fruition.

The meeting will be held at the Tattersalls Club Hotel at 6pm.

All welcome.


Twenty-two teams from many areas rocked up to contest Mathoura Bowling Club’s latest winter tournament, and again it was the locals who claimed the prize.

The Mathoura Millewa Open 2 Bowl Triples event was sponsored by the Tongala District and Community Branch of Bendigo Bank and Mathoura Bowling Club.

There were two teams on three wins at the end of day one, with day two producing a five-game win for local combination, Skip Lindsay Vallance, Third Paul Clear and Lead Barry Ireland. Runner-up was R Buckley’s Kyneton team.

Highest Winning Margin prizes were won by Joe Murphy in Game 4 with +16 and W Turner with +26 in Game 5.

Next tournament on the club’s winter calendar will be the Red Gum Classic Open 2 Bowl Triples on August 12 and 13.


Mathoura Football Netball Club hosted a My Kitchen Rules Q & A Session in a marquee at the game on Saturday afternoon.

Special guests were Ros and Karen, the show’s popular midwives from the latest season.

The women talked freely about their various experiences, the sometimes hectic recording sessions and their fellow competitors.

They were also happy to answer questions.

Honours in the Great Sausage Roll Bake-Off went to Rae Carlin, while Betty Murphy was the Cup Cake Queen.


Locals have been shocked to learn about the passing of former local, Karen Saines, who died late last week.

Karen was the mother of local identity Todd Duggan who, with his partner Zowie Crump, presented her with a new grandchild, Billy Jack, only recently.

Condolences are extended to the couple and to Karen’s extended family.


Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to local Under 17s footballer, Dalton Emery.

Dalton suffered a broken leg during the game on Saturday.

A dedicated young player, he often plays more than one game on a Saturday when needed and rarely misses training.

The club and all his mates are hoping he is back in the game really soon.

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