We join with the people of Tatura in lamenting the loss of its FoodWorks supermarket.
The closure of any business is a regrettable, and all too common, fact of life for many towns.
But the closure of a supermarket is a particularly unfortunate blow to the social and business fabric of a town.
Tatura is luckier than most smaller towns, in that it does have an alternative supermarket — Ritchies IGA in Walshe St.
Nevertheless, the closure of FoodWorks will leave a gaping hole in the town’s main thoroughfare of Hogan St.
And the closure will mean more than a lack of choice for Tatura shoppers.
It means livelihoods have been lost, which is a heavy blow for any town.
Tatura people have been forthcoming in their praise for the stirling efforts of the King family who have serviced the customers of Tatura for a remarkable 36 years.
We join with them in thanking the King family for their efforts not only in keeping the business afloat for so many years, but also for their generous support for local charities, clubs and community groups.
Country communities are built upon the joint efforts of business owners and customers who form a circle of commitment to each other and to the wider social network.
We can only hope that a buyer is found for the prominent site in the heart of Tatura and that customers will support whatever enterprise takes up the challenge.
There will be a familiar message here to all members of country towns — large or small — to support each other.
The message is a simple one — buy local.
By spending in our own backyard, we keep people employed, we cement our social fabric and we help secure our future.
Despite this recent blow, we are confident that Tatura is a vibrant and positive enough community to maintain its business and social profile as one of the most dynamic towns in the Goulburn Valley.