Welcome to Lockington & District Business Centre
9 - 11 Lockington Road
+61 03 54862683
Hours of business
Mon - Fri 8.00am - 5.00pm
Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm
Launderette is open 24 hours
Imagine a Country town in a Central Victorian Farming community, boasting 2 garages, 1 supermarket - hardware store, 1 takeaway, 1 post office, 1 hotel (pub), 1 bank, 1 bush nursing centre, 1 community hall, 3 churches, 1 school, 1 historical society and a population of approximatley 400!
Suddenly the bank closes its doors!
With no alternative the population now has to travel in excess of 20 klm in either direction to conduct the simpliest of banking needs.
Also along with this of course there is a conservative loss of business to the local shops and fuel sales, as now that people are forced to leave town to bank they are also doing their shopping out of town, with this of course comes the inevitable, due to the lack of fuel sales and on going custom to the garages, one of the garages decides enough is enough and is going to close the doors, with the second one considering the same option.
What the devil are the locals going to do for a fuel supply?
They pool their rescources by raising funds from locals and community clubs, and some government grants then buy out the first garage on the market, pull it to pieces, co-opt the local branch of a community bank to come on board with their plan and totally remodel the building to become the Lockington and Distirct Business Centre.
Which was redeveloped to include, a service station, community bank, Op shop, office space (for hire), class room, meeting room, launderette, and a huge shed cum retail outlet.
they also looked forward and included computers for locals to use for the internet, along with printers and scanners to permit the printing of photos and colour brochures and a fax, all things a small town needs in todays electronic world.
The majority of works in the redevelopment were conducted by locals who volunteered their time, tools and sweat to tearing the dreary garage apart, where qualified tradesmen were used we were fortunate enough to obtain some discounts on either their costs and or materials, and using just the shell rebuilt it to the bright and inviting community hub it is today.
Today the centre is still operated by 30 odd volunteers, who take turns in doing a shift or two each week or month of 2 1/2 hours, selling fuel, and shop sales on a roster system, and they are backed up behind the scenes by a committee of volunteers to oversee the general running of the centre.