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MAIN STREET DECLINE
Today's Jewellers manager Bill Kover and Kevin O'Connor Menswear operator Harry
Statos close the doors on 150 years of retail history.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Historic stores set to close
Two of Queanbeyan s most historic retail stores
are closing their doors this Christmas.
Kevin O Connor Menswear and Today s
Jewellers have been operating on Monaro Street
for 50 and 100 years respectively but both will
shut up shop on Christmas Eve.
Bill Kover has run Today s for 30 years.
He said it was established in 1912 and was the
oldest continuously operating jewellers shop in
He has seen the ups and downs of trade but
said he knew it was time to go.
"There has been a steady exodus of small
businesses," Mr Kover said
"It started with the post office, followed by
the Commonwealth Bank then the newsagent
and the chemist too from this end of town."
Without staple businesses drawing people
into the precinct, the 67-year-old said it was
hard to attract foot traffic.
"You used to come down here on a Thursday
night and there were people everywhere," Mr
Kover said. "Now you can see from one end of
the street to the river and there is no one."
Harry Statos has lived in Queanbeyan for 40
years and managed Kevin O Connor Menswear
for the past five.
"It s really fallen apart," Mr Statos said.
"Initially we would have had 20 or more
customers a day and recently it s been about
two. It really wasn t worth my while to renew
While the plans to revitalise the city centre
were positive, he feared businesses may not be
able to hold out.
"They have just started drawing designs up so
it will be another few years at least," Mr Statos
said. "It s been pretty tough. I think a lot of
people can t hang out that long really."
Both operators will be clearing their stock
before closing a chapter of Queanbeyan main
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 8
School puts on rides, stalls, food and dance
Queanbeyan West Primary School students
Muhumad Moaz, 10, Tameeka Logg, 10,
Amaya Vae Vae Maki, 9, and Mathew Pito,
8, prepare for their school fete.
Photo: Matt Bedford
It s not typical for primary school students to
want come into school on a Saturday but this
year s Queanbeyan West Primary School Fete
has everyone excited.
Principal Vicki Muscat said students and their
families were busy preparing for a big day of
"It s a real community day, she said. There
are so many highlights. We will have a jumping
castle, dunking machine, tea cup and saucer
ride, face-painting and glitter tattoos.
Tameeka Logg, 10, said the fete would be
"It s my birthday that day, she said.
Looking forward to spending the day with so
many friends and family, she said the fete would
be like a ready-made party complete with oodles
of fairy floss, popcorn and treats.
The Cook Island Dancers and Bom Funk
Dance Studio will perform high energy dances
to get everyone on their feet and in the mood to
The jam-packed day of activity begins at
10am and wraps up at 2pm. Mrs Muscat said she
had put together a wheel of fortune -- a stall she
proudly runs annually.
One of the prizes on Mrs Muscat s Wheel will
be a ticket to dunk the principal on the dunking
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