GREAT interest has been shown in the work taking place at the old Autopro site in Maybe Street, with many onlookers wondering if Nolan Auto Parts & Industrial Supplies are preparing for a rebuild of their shopfront.
The original premises was completely destroyed by a fierce fire in April of 2012, and Nolans were forced to move their operations to a rented shop at the other end of the main street.
At the time the company hoped to be able to rebuild a shopfront on the site, but business has since dropped off in Bombala, and Kevin Nolan said that it was now highly unlikely they would start up again.
Having said that, Nolans are still decommissioning and remediating the site to ensure that it meets EPA guidelines, using contractors specially licensed for such a task.
The process has involved removing eight large underground fuel tanks, despite the fact that Nolans themselves did not sell fuel from the site during their time there.
The tanks were still required to be removed as they will rust with time, with a very small amount of fuel and some water left in each.
This was the most important step in the decommissioning project, and the site is now being levelled, with the soil to be tested to ensure the tanks have caused no contamination.
And for Nolans, that will be the completion of work at the site.
“We have some good and loyal customers here, and we are still able to deliver to them daily from our coastal shopfronts, but it is no longer viable for us to rebuild and run a business from here,” Kevin said.
“We just didn’t get the support we thought we would when we moved to the other end of the street and can’t continue operations in Bombala.
“I’ve made a lot of friends and renewed old friendships, and am very happy that I came here with Autopro, but we can’t rebuild with the support we have.”
So what becomes of the site now? Kevin said it was unlikely Nolans would do anything with the block once the remediation was complete, but said he would consider selling it if reasonable offers were made.
Nolans reminds the community that daily deliveries are still available to Bombala and encourages anyone with auto part or industrial supply needs to call them in Pambula on 6495 6657 and Eden on 6496 1345.