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Bulldozed: Strathalbyn Opportunity Shop in Limbo

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While siteworks are well underway for a new $11.4 million Strathalbyn Aged Care Facility upgrade, the Strathalbyn Opportunity Shop is in limbo.

The community-run organisation has raised more than a million dollars for the local hospital and nursing home in its 24 years on High Street and was set to move to the old Kalimna residence by Christmas, but the space is no longer a viable option as it is too small.

Gwenda and George Usher opened the shop in March 1987 with an aim to raise funds for the Strathalbyn and Districts Hospital complex, comprising the Hospital, Nursing Home and Kalimna.

It started with a dedicated band of volunteers in one small room and storage shed where the Appleseed now is, but the shop proved so popular they quickly ran out of room and moved to larger premises down the road to what was 45 High Street in 1988.

Then in 1996, the organisation moved next door to make way for a Nursing Home extension until having a two year 'rest' and reopening in 2015.

The shop has continued to operate and be a much-loved part of the community with the help of 46 dedicated volunteers since then.

President Neil Hissey keen to find a new space for the shop by Christmas time. He said the mothballed Southern Greyhound Raceway (SGR) facility in Strathalbyn could be a good contender as there is plenty of space and parking for visitors.

Story by Jennie Lenman

Photo of old Strath Op Shop location where siteworks are underway for a new $11.4 million Strathalbyn Aged Care Facility upgrade - supplied by the office of Josh Teague MP