Saturday sausage sizzles sorely missedMACKSVILLE community groups are up in arms with the loss of one of their most lucrative fundraising options – the Woolworths barbeque option.
For years groups have held sausage sizzles outside the busy supermarket at Macksville on Saturdays feeding hungry shoppers and their even hungrier offspring.
Macksville Lions Club member, Tony Vine, told the Guardian that with few fundraising opportunities in the town for local sports clubs, service groups and charities, the Saturday ‘barbies’ had proven invaluable.
Woolworths and Subway branches have also expressed their disappointment.
Local Subway owner Dean Pierce said he’d have the barbeques “back tomorrow”.
“They brought me business – people bought coffees plus we put charity tins next to our cash register to help raise more funds,” Dean said.
“We sponsor a number of different shire sports and I have offered to be part of charity events.
“This decision to cancel the barbeques had nothing to do with us – I understand it is the owner of the complex and that insurance is the issue.”
Macksville Woolworths manager Tracy Saul said she too was disappointed.
“We were big supporters – we offered the gas and the gear and gave groups a discount on bread and sausages,” Tracy said.
“I contacted the complex owner and offered to cordon an area off but had no response.
“We’d love to get them back – they were such good fundraisers for the groups.”
The Guardian understands the decision to stop the barbeques was made by complex owner Shopping Centres Australasia because the presence of fats, oils and gas bottles presented unacceptable insurances risks.
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