Rural supplies store closure

CLOSED: The Statewide Irrigation and rural supply store in Daylesford has closed. Photo: Dylan Burns
CLOSED: The Statewide Irrigation and rural supply store in Daylesford has closed. Photo: Dylan Burns

Small rural businesses are closing in Daylesford as the town changes.

Stefan Nechwatal said he noticed the decline in the businesses stock, but was shocked to see Statewide Irrigation had closed when he drove past last week.

Mr Nechwatal lives on a rural property and bought and serviced his motorised equipment at the store. 

Mr Nechwatal has lived in Daylesford since 1987 and said it was sad to see a successful family business taken over only to disappear.

He said he had been mindful that the owners of the store had taken a long holiday when they closed before Christmas and had not re-opened in February.

When he went to see if the store had a sign in the window indicating when it would open, he noticed that the store had been completely emptied.

The owner of the store declined to comment.

Resident Stefan Nechwatal says residents will now have to travel further to buy their rural supplies. Photo: Dylan Burns

Resident Stefan Nechwatal says residents will now have to travel further to buy their rural supplies. Photo: Dylan Burns