Local community groups were strongly represented at the official opening of Victor Harbor’s new Bunnings Warehouse on Tuesday, July 31.
Complex manager Danny Leach outlined the company’s policy of a partnership theme – using the skills and materials of Bunnings to support the work of, for example, Whalers Housing in both Goolwa and Victor Harbor, kids’ breakfasts and gardening projects in local primary schools, recyclable timber for Encounter Centre and help for dugouts at the Breakers soccer field.
“Bunnings is always on the lookout for opportunities to contribute to local projects and we invite Victor Harbor community groups to get in touch,” Mr Leach said.
“We will also assist in raising funds for a variety of causes by hosting our famous Bunnings sausage sizzles.”
The star of the official opening of the new $25.3million warehouse was, without doubt, AFL legend Malcolm Blight who coached the Crows to two premierships and scored 786 goals during his AFL career.
Quizzed by 18-year-old Bunnings team member Tahnee Thatcher, Mr Blight chose two career highlights – one was playing with his mates in the local Woodville footy team while the other was taking out two premierships as coach of the Crows.
“Football is a team game so success is shared,” Mr Blight told a captive audience.
“People are the common ingredient in success. If you act enthusiastic, then you will be enthusiastic!”
And, as a footnote, he added, “No, the Crows probably won’t make the finals this year. Injuries …”
A sea of more than 90 local red shirted team members took Mr Blight’s words to heart, as customers queued with loaded trolleys at the many cash exit points of Victor Harbor’s newest shopping venue.
The store welcomed its first customers on Monday.
Main pic: Malcolm Blight congratulates complex manager Danny Leach at the official opening of Bunnings Victor Harbor on Tuesday.
Story: Meredith Cunningham.
See also: Bunnings Victor Harbor now open