HEATHER and Alan Darbyshire have hung up the boots as organisers of the Rochester Town Garage Sale.
After six years at the helm, the couple are ready to pass the baton to anyone who is willing to keep the community event going.
‘‘Once again the recent event had over 100 participating houses, and many visitors flocked into the town for the day,’’ Alan said.
‘‘It was mentioned to us from many visitors that this is a regular item on their annual calendar and they regard it as the template that other towns should follow.
‘‘For many of our local members including the bakery, Caltex, Café 3561 and more this is their busiest day of the year.’’
Alan said the event ticks all the boxes.
‘‘It is a great way to promote recycling within the shire and it is also a good day for the community to meet and greet,’’ he said.
‘‘Heather and I are proud that we were arguably the first town to run a town garage sale of this size and have been copied by many other similar sized towns.
‘‘The event also has been financially sustainable and does not require volunteers, it is such a financial boost to the town and we are hoping it will continue.
‘‘The Shire of Campaspe, the Campaspe News and the Bendigo Community Bank have been great supporters of the event and some of our members including Caltex, Rochester Bakery, Rochester Discounts, CAFÉ 3561 have been the reason we have been able to run the event without the need for volunteers.’’