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Giveaway promotion celebrates 16 years Get ready for your chance to win a share in $30,000 continued from front page SINCE the giveaway promotion began in 2003, The Adviser and GMCU has had 205 winners and over 800,000 paid entries placed at hundreds of local businesses. With the largest shopping local promotion in regional Victoria and possibly regional Australia now underway, the race is on to see which 20 lucky shoppers and one lucky employee will have the chance to walk away with their share of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway, and the best part is, they will be doing it all while supporting local businesses. Simply by spending a minimum of $10 in-store at any of the participating businesses over the coming six weeks, shoppers have the chance to enter the grand giveaway. Each week, three lucky shoppers will be announced as the winners of a GMCU debit card valued at $1,000, with each

weekly entry going in the draw to win the major prize of a GMCU debit card valued at $5,000 and a holiday voucher valued at $5,000 at the end of the promotion. Four lucky shoppers will also be drawn at the end of the promotion and walk away as $1,000 GMCU debit card consolation prize winners and one lucky employee from a participating business will also walk away with a $1,000 GMCU debit card. GMCU general manager, René Deen said, “The GMCU is proud to have been able to boost local business over the past 16 years and encourage locals to shop at the many fantastic businesses we have in Greater Shepparton. “Our dedication to the local community has always been strong and we look forward to continuing the support we provide to local businesses and local residents.” The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams said, “The

GMCU is such a wonderful supporter of local businesses and organisations and we are proud to once again be working alongside them to offer this important promotion to the community and to help locals support their local businesses. “Last year we had a record of 91,128 entries and we are looking at even more people getting in for their chance to win this year. “While employees and owners of participating businesses are not eligible to enter themselves at their own businesses, but can enter at other businesses, we once again have the ‘employee participation categories,’ where $500 each is awarded to the business with the largest number of entries during the six week period, we are again awarding $500 to three businesses under the employee categories of 1-4 employees, 5-15 employees and 16 employees or more.”

THE NEXT BIG WINNER COULD BE YOU... From left, GMCU general manager, René Deen, 2018 giveaway models, Amy Boyd and Isabella Pallegrino, and The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams. Photo: Alicia Niglia.


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16 years supporting How to enter the shopping local 2018 GMCU FOR the last 16 years, GMCU has been showing how important it is for locals to support local businesses, but throwing their support behind the shopping local initiative, the GMCU Giveaway. GMCU general manager, René Deen said, “GMCU puts a lot of emphasis on backing the local community and being a ‘Customer Owned Bank’ we are owned by those who use our services. It’s because of this that we are proud to have supported such an important initiative. “Each winner of the 2018 GMC U $30,000 Giveaway will be given a GMCU Visa debit card to spend their winnings, which is a great way to help us continue to support local businesses and provides even more incentive for the community to get out and about and shop locally.” A BOOST FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY… GMCU general manager, René Deen is proud that the GMCU is helping support the local business community by being the sponsors for the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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FOR your chance to win a share in this year’s 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway you have to be in it to win it, but how do you enter? All you have to do to be in with a chance is visit one of the many participating stores and when you spend $10 or more, you’ll qualify to fill out an entry form. Simply fill out your form on the spot and then drop it into the ‘giveaway draw box’ in-store. It’s important to put your entry form into the box where you made your purchase. Three entry forms will be drawn each week for the next six weeks and the lucky entrants will be notified by phone from The Adviser and receive a $1,000 GMCU debit card. You can enter as many times as you like, but you must have spent at least $10 in a participating outlet and submitted an official entry form. In week six, the final week of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway, all entries received over the previous weeks will go into the major prize draw with one lucky shopper drawn to win the major prize, a $5,000 GMCU debit

IT’S EASY TO ENTER… Enter this year’s 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway for a chance to win a share in $30,000. Just like this year’s giveaway models, Amy Boyd and Isabella Pallegrino all you need to do is spend a minimum of $10 at one of the participating businesses, fill out an entry form and drop it in one of the giveaway boxes. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

card and a $5,000 holiday voucher from Lyn McNaught Travel and four lucky consolation prize winners each walking away with a $1,000 GMCU debit card. One lucky staff member of a participating business, and who has signed one of the winning entries throughout the giveaway, will also take away a $1,000 debit card (drawn after the major prize). All you have to do is shop locally and you’re in for a chance to win. Look out for the participating stores and keep your eyes peeled for shops displaying the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway posters, entry forms and boxes for your chance to win and good luck.


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$30,000 up for grabs SHOPPING local helps to ensure that a community continues to thrive and over the next six weeks the community has the chance to go in the running to win big just by doing so. Now in its 16th year, The Adviser is proud to continue to be an integral part of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway’s success. The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams said, “The number of entries we have in the giveaway promotion continues

to climb, which just goes to show how many people shop locally and support the hundreds of local businesses we have in Greater Shepparton. “Over the next six weeks “We are often told by business owners, staff and shoppers alike how important they believe shopping local is and how pleased they are that The Adviser and GMCU are working together to help promote the importance of the initiative. “The most important aspect of the giveaway promotion is the ability to generate customer sales. During the 2017 promotion, the giveaway helped to generate over 90,000 individual purchases of $10 or more across a large number of participating local businesses and that certainly is exciting for the community. “There has never been a better time to get behind your local businesses and show your support. You never know, it may just work out that you are one of our lucky winners.” Refer to the back page of this feature for a list of all participating businesses.

SHOP LOCAL AND WIN… The Adviser managing director, Geoff Adams is encouraging the community to shop locally for their chance to win a share in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

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ENJOYING HER WIN… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway’s $10,000 major prize winner, Margaret Opie says you have to be in it to win it. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Major prize winner’s Queensland holiday LAST year’s major prize winner, Margaret Opie from Kialla Lakes was thrilled when she was drawn as the recipient of the $5,000 GMCU debit card and the $5,000 holiday voucher, and 12 months on, The Adviser caught up with Margaret to hear about her holiday and what she spent her winnings on. Margaret said, “I was so appreciative to have been drawn as the major prize winner. I actually just got home from doing some shopping at Finer Fruit when you called, which is where my winning entry was drawn.

“I still have some of the holiday voucher left, but I did fly to Murrumba in Queensland to my visit my granddaughters, which was just lovely. “The money that I won was shared between my family, especially my great grandchildren. I also got myself a little something. “Everybody has enjoyed my win. “The $30,000 GMCU Giveaway is a wonderful initiative. I encourage the community to get out, shop locally and enter. You have to be in it to win.”

PROVIDING ADVICE AND EQUIPMENT… Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World pro-staffers, Nick Hillman, Pip Clement, Rick Seiter, Jaclyn Threlfall, business owners, Steve and Mary Threlfall and prostaffer, Ross Threlfall are joined by Remington the 14 year old Labrador. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

SHEPPARTON is home to one of the most well stocked hunting stores around, with skilled pro-staffers on-hand to offer advice, Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World has built a strong reputation as the place to go for all of your fishing and hunting needs. Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World bu si ne s s ow ner, S teve T h rel fa l l is passionate about hunting and wants to ensure that hunters are equipped with everything they need, including information. Steve said, “ The tradition of duck hunting continues as duck hunting season begins March 18. It is a very important tradition to many country Victorians who enjoy the fruits of the great outdoors. Duck hunting is an environmentally sustainable sport providing organic, freerange, cage free food. We sell steel, non-

toxic shot shells and huge range of hunting equipment. “Hunters would be some of the best conservationists with a primary objective of Field & Game Australia being to preserve, restore, develop, and maintain waterfowl habitat in Australia. Waterfowl hunters are aware of the importance of our wetlands and the biodiversity associated with them.” Drop into Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World at 209 Corio Street, Shepparton and collect all that you’ll need for duck hunting season. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting World is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


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FAIRLEYS SUPA IGA… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway week one winner, Kate Bertoli.

AHS TATURA PHARMACY… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway week four winner, Kim Brewer.

JB JEWELLERS… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway consolation prize winner, Bernadette Loudon.

HARVEY NORMAN… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway week two winner, Theresia Natalizio.

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BIG W SHEPPARTON MARKETPLACE… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway employee prize winner, Neil Despotellis.

OVER the last 15 years, the GMCU giveaway promotion has seen 205 lucky winners walk away smiling after having shopped at participating stores. Last year, with a huge 91,128 entries, 19 lucky locals each took home a $1,000 GMCU debit card, once lucky

APCO SERVICE STATION… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway week three winner, Steve Geisler.

BIG W SHEPPARTON MARKETPLACE… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway week five winner, Terri-Lea Anderson.

FINER FRUIT… 2017 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway major prize winner, Margaret Opie.

employee from a participating business scored a $1,000 GMCU debit card and one incredibly lucky local took the grand prize of a $5,000 GMCU debit card and a $5,000 holiday voucher. This year, you could be drawn as one of our next winners.


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Back-to-back awards for Colin FAIRLEYS SUPA IGA has done it again! Actually, more specifically, Fairleys SUPA IGA Freezer Department manager, Colin Scott has done it again! Colin has been bestowed the honour of winning Dairy Freezer Department of the Year for Retail Excellence in the Victorian State Awards. Colin said, “I am so proud to have been given this recognition. I’ve worked here at IGA for 30 years now and I always tell the juniors that no matter what you do in life, to do your best and that’s what I’m most proud of. I finish each work

day knowing that I’ve done my job to the best of my ability.” Fairleys SUPA IGA manager, Craig Bramley said, “I’d like to congratulate Colin for his achievement. Colin should be very proud of himself for his dedication and hard work, especially in winning this award two years running. His dedication over 30 years has been impeccable and his work ethic exceptional.” Good luck to Colin and Fairleys SUPA IGA for the National awards coming up in July this year. Visit Fairleys SUPA IGA Freezer Department

to see why Colin has earned this award. The range of brands and products, cleanliness and presentation along with excellent customer service will have you going back for more. Visit Fairleys SUPA IGA, located at the north end of Shepparton on Numurkah Road or phone 5822 1555 to see if they have what you’re after. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Fairleys SUPA IGA is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.

30 YEARS OF DEDICATION… Congratulations to Fairley’s SUPA IGA Dairy Freezer Department manager, Colin Scott for his award in Retail Excellence. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Make your bedroom a sanctuary A BIG WELCOME TO MORGAN… Take a wander through Harvey Norman Bedding to be inspired by some of the possibilities. Harvey Norman Bedding manager, Damian Cassidy and franchisee, Morgan Pearson can help you out. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

SOME people are naturally, creatively gifted and manage to make their homes look showhome beautiful with seemingly little effort; which often provides others with inspiration. Harvey Norman Bedding Shepparton has a brand new franchisee who seems to have that natural flair for creating beautiful spaces. Harvey Norman Bedding franchisee, Morgan Pearson has recently moved to Shepparton and is creating a fantastic showroom in store to share with the locals. Morgan said, “I want to inspire people to create bedroom spaces that provide a personal sanctuary. The bedroom is the one place you’d expect to really relax each day and it’s important that however big or small your space is, that it’s designed to feel really pleasant. There’s nothing like climbing into your bed knowing also that you’re going to sleep well.” Harvey Norman Bedding has a huge range of beds, bedding and bedroom furniture as

well as a great range of respected brands at great prices. Morgan said, “We can customise a design to suit your needs, including custom fitting beautiful Australian made timber and upholstered suites.” Drop in to say hi to Morgan and take a look at some of the wonderful bedroom ideas in store now. Morgan said, “I’m absolutely loving living in Shepparton and would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome and I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the locals.” Visit Harvey Norman Bedding at Riverside Plaza, 8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla or for more information call 5820 2900. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Harvey Norman Bedding is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


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JOIN IN THE FUN TODAY… Cheap as Chips team members, Louise, Brendan, Julia, Lorraine and Tory, assistant store manager, Nick, team member, Chelsea, assistant store manager, Kathy, team member, Myah, store manager, Ben and team members, Brodie, Maria, Susanna, Tyler, and Julie. Photo: Alicia Niglia

Today all will be unveiled ONE of Shepparton’s favourites is having a facelift. Cheap as Chips will be unveiling their new look store today and invite everyone along to join in the celebrations. Cheap as Chips manager, Ben Hill said, “We’re really excited about our all new totally refurbished store. Customers will enjoy a bigger, brighter, and better shopping experience. To those who come along today, use your receipt to enjoy a free sausage (12pm to 1pm) or face painting (12pm to3pm). “Mr Chippie will also be in store today and over the weekend giving away ‘Chippy Dollars’ to be used for in-store purchases.

There will be some fantastic specials on offer and over the next week I’d strongly encourage everyone to come in and grab a bargain.” Visit Cheap as Chips at 197-205 Corio Street, Shepparton (next to SPC Factory Sales) or call 5821 6049 for more information. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Cheap as Chips is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


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2018 GMCU $30,000 GIVEAWAY | THE MORE YOU SHOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES! SHOP AND WIN‌ Shop at participating businesses in Tatura during the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway for your chance to win a share in $30,000. Photo: David Lee.

Tatura; a winning shopping experience awaits TATURA is quite a beautiful little town just outside of Shepparton and has a great range of shopping options available to suit the fussiest of shopaholics and foodies. From picking up something delicious for breakfast, lunch or just a snack to ensuring your health and wellbeing, shopping in Tatura can be a winning experience.

This year, you can shop at any of the following businesses to enter the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway; Lagozzinos Top Pub, Tatura Bakery & Lunches, Tatura Pharmacy, Tatura Doctors, Tatura Hotbread, Tatura Massage Shop, Tatura Top Pub and Tatura Family Butchers.


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WIN, WIN, WIN… Shop at participating businesses in Mooroopna during the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway for your chance to win a share in $30,000. Photo: David Lee.

Discover shopping in Mooroopna and win MOOROOPNA has a unique and fantastic range of shopping options that can see you spend hours at one of the city’s many businesses. From businesses that can help you celebrate that special occasion, offer you a fresh beverage or fresh local produce, give you a range of options and products to carry out a DIY project, provides you with a place to sit and enjoy a nice meal or catch up with

friends, be pampered, have your health checked or get enjoy a beauty treatment, Mooroopna has it all. This year, you can shop at any of the following businesses to enter the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway; Lyn McNaught Travel, Pampen’s Boutique, Verdure Naturopathy, Mooroopna Pizzeria, Cellarbrations Mooroopna, Mooroopna Hardware and Mooroopna Family Dental.


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Get to know the faces Amy Boyd

Job Title: GMCU member service officer

What are some hobbies you have outside of work and which is the one you enjoy the most and why? My main hobbies include playing netball and going camping and fishing. I enjoy going camping on the river the most and fishing with my family. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I am very happy living in Australia‌ maybe Geelong. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up? Professional athlete (like most kids I think!). If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be and why? Phone, car, house, scrapbooking and boat. If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do? Travel around the whole of Australia with my dog, Woody. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Skydive. How would you spend the $1,000 weekly prize? Buy some more camping and fishing gear at BCF.

How would you spend the $10,000 grand prize and where would you go on holiday using the $5,000 holiday voucher? The money would go towards travelling around Australia. My dad took me fishing in the Northern Territory last year and I would love to take him this year. What is your favourite thing about shopping in Shepparton? I love the variety of shops.


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of this year’s giveaway Isabella Pellegrino Job Title: GMCU Member Service Officer

What are some hobbies you have outside of work and which is the one you enjoy the most and why? Outside of work I enjoy photography, travel, dancing, reading and catching up with friends. I enjoy photography most because it allows me to be creative and to capture happy moments in time that I can always look back on and smile at. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Italy. I come from an Italian background and I’ve grown up with a love of good Italian food. If I could spend every day eating endless amounts of pasta surrounded by beautiful Italian countryside, I would be a very happy woman! When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher - I used to happily spend hours with my younger sister, Paris, marking assignments and teaching dolls how to write. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be and why? My camera, my laptop, a ring my family gave me for my 18th birthday, a family photo and my Bible. If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do? I would travel overseas and explore Europe. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Experience a solar eclipse. How would you spend the $1,000 weekly prize? I would buy a new camera lens.

How would you spend the $10,000 grand prize and where would you go on holiday using the $5,000 holiday voucher? I would probably spend the $10,000 on more camera gear, clothes and some presents for my friends and family. With the $5,000 holiday voucher, I would travel to New Zealand– the scenery alone would make me very camera-happy! What is your favourite thing about shopping in Shepparton? I can nearly always find something that I love on sale.

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SOME OF THE FACES AT RIVERSIDE PLAZA… From left (back), Riverside Plaza KFC shift supervisor, Kiarra Justin, Copulos Group marketing coordinator, Laura Dunn, Chemist Warehouse dispensary technician, Jane Murray and Muffin Break franchisee, Jennie Chen. (Front), Kiddie Culture manager, Jenny Hoxha, Bakers Delight manager, Ronda Simpson, News Xpress owner, Chris Georgopoulos, Howard’s Storage store manager, Cheryl Powles and Kebab Boyz proprietor, Timmy Aktas. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

Shop for your chance to win WHAT makes for a pleasant shopping ex p er ienc e? E a s y pa rk i ng , a w ide selection of stores, cafés, a family-friendly atmosphere and everything you’d need under the one roof. Shopping has always been easy at Riverside Plaza but with the added incentive of the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway, now’s a great time to shop at Riverside Plaza. Riverside Plaza marketing co-ordinator, Laura Dunn said, “The 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway is a great incentive for locals to shop within the community and support local business. We had such an overwhelming response during the promotion last year with over 10,000 entries received at Riverside Plaza, and

three shoppers taking away a $1,000 debit card each, so we’re very excited to be taking part once again this year.” From food, medicine, arts and crafts, a new hairstyle or a massage, to storage solutions, gifts and cards, furniture or a great day out with the kids, Riverside Plaza covers all bases. Visit Riverside Plaza at 8025 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla or follow them on Facebook. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Riverside Plaza is home to many participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


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REEPING THE REWARDS OF HARD WORK… Goodyear Autocare Shepparton franchisee Rod Poliness with his sons Denver (left) and Bailey (right) at the 2018 Goodyear Autocare National Conference. Photo: Supplied.

Goodyear Autocare Shepparton named Franchisee of the Year GOODYEAR Autocare Shepparton, recently won the highly regarded ‘VIC/TAS Regional Franchisee of the Year’ award at the 2018 Goodyear Autocare National Conference. The biennial conference (for period 2016 - 2017) was held in Hobart, Tasmania, in late February 2018. It brought together 250 licensees, partners, company employees and suppliers from across Australia to celebrate and recognise business excellence. Goodyear Autocare Shepparton took home the accolade, which was announced at the conference’s gala dinner held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart. The award was accepted by Goodyear Autocare Shepparton franchisee, Rod Poliness, who was honoured to receive it. “We’re so proud and happy that our hard work and devotion to the business has been recognised. We always try to maintain the highest standard of service and business

performance and this award reflects that. “It is a great achievement but I know it wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of our dedicated team. It’s been so rewarding growing the business into what it is today. “Our customers will be so excited to find out they’re being serviced by the VIC/ TAS Regional Franchisee of the Year!” Mr Poliness said. In accepting the award, Mr Poliness paid tribute to his business partner, Geoff Wright acknowledging the effort that Geoff contributes daily to help build the business and support the local community. Spend a minimum of $10 and fill out an entry form for your chance to win a share of $25,000 or a $5,000 holiday voucher. Goodyear Autocare Shepparton is a participating business in the 2018 GMCU $30,000 Giveaway.


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