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Alice's Vinnies closing

The Vinnies shop in Alice Springs is closing and its future is
unclear. Staff were told yesterday and a public announcement was made
today.

Acting CEO Martha Swart says the board of the Society of St Vincent
de Paul in the NT will work with an Alice Springs sub-committee to come
up with a business plan for the future.

Ms Swart said only the shop is closing; the daily emergency relief
program and food van will continue and Christmas hampers for the needy
will be unaffected.

The reason for the shop closing is that the building requires
extensive renovation. It leaks, it needs re-wiring, new
air-conditioning: "We can't have our staff and our customers 
working in a building like that," she says. "It's a valuable property
but it will cost a lot to rebuild."

It's not clear where the money will come from. Ms Swart says the
money raised by the shop goes immediately into the emergency relief
program, which assists up to 120 people a month.

The possibility of the shop operating from other premises is one of
the things the board and sub-committee will examine. Presumably funding
of the relief program is another. – KIERAN FINNANE

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