Goulburn Mission Australia shop shuts down after seven years

Daniel Strickland from Mission Australia at the op shop on Clinton Street.
Daniel Strickland from Mission Australia at the op shop on Clinton Street.

After seven years, Mission Australia has announced its Goulburn op shop will shut its doors.

According to Op Shop Area Manager, Danielle Warner, the store on Clinton Street is “no longer a sustainable social enterprise” for the not-for-profit organisation. 

About 20 staff – divided into two employees, one trainee, two interns and volunteers – work at the store.

Staff, stakeholders and local service providers have been informed about the closure, with a final celebration set for June 29. 

“As a not-for-profit organisation, we operate on limited resources. We must ensure that all resources are used in the most cost effective and sustainable way, so we can continue to deliver strong and efficient services for Australians in need,” Ms Warner said. 

“The Goulburn community have been incredibly generous in the time we have operated here and we are so grateful for every donation received and everyone who chose to shop here, work or volunteer their time”

“We’ve had so many brilliant and compassionate staff members and volunteers come through our doors and we are so grateful for their dedication over the years.”

The op shop bins located on Sloane Street will be removed on Friday. 

Any remaining goods after the closure will be redistributed to other Mission Australia Op Shops.

Ms Warner said the op shop closure will not impact existing Mission Australia services in the Goulburn Mulwaree region.

“Mission Australia will still have a strong presence in Goulburn and will continue delivering our community services. We will ensure every person who seeks assistance at our Goulburn services will be responded to and supported at a continued high standard,” she said.