Aussie Tender Centre owner David Hiscox (right) with his new landlord Maurice Binstead who takes over ownership of the premises next month allowing the centre to continue trading.
Aussie Tender Centre owner David Hiscox (right) with his new landlord Maurice Binstead who takes over ownership of the premises next month allowing the centre to continue trading. MEGAN LEWIS

Aussie Tender Centre saved

JUST weeks after announcing his beloved Aussie Tender Centre would close next weekend, businessman David Hiscox has reached an agreement that will allow it to carry on trading for years to come.

And it’s all thanks to his new landlord, former cattle farmer Maurice Binstead.

Maurice will officially become the owner of the Alexandra Street premises on December 14 after buying the huge warehouse from the receiver.

And he’s already drawn up a leasing package that offers the tender centre a home for the next six years.

“It’s just fantastic,” said David yesterday. “It’s all happened out of the blue and if Maurice had not bought the property, we would have been closing the doors on Sunday.

“I can’t tell you what a relief it is to know that we can continue. We had reached a heartbreaking decision that had caused a lot of grief, but under the terms of the previous lease, we simply couldn’t afford to stay in business,” he said.

The centre, which has held auctions by tender every two weeks for the past eight years, has helped thousands of Rocky residents to sell items and also raised an estimated $175,000 for various charities including helicopter rescue, flying doctor, cancer care and sporting groups.

He said he and his wife had been in tears over what he had described as the most difficult decision of his life.

But it was all smiles now.

“The staff have been celebrating and it’s great for them, and for us. They have been great and understood why we had to close,” he said.

Maurice said he had come to Rocky to dabble in real estate after he had to stop riding on his cattle properties out west.

“I had both hips replaced, so it was time to do something else,” he said.

“I didn’t know David’s business, but now I’ve met him, I’m pleased to have played a part in keeping the tender centre open.”

And David said he had been overwhelmed by the response of people.

“I was in danger of getting repetitive strain injury from shaking hands with people last week and I don’t know how many calls we had from people wishing us well.”



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