It's so important to keep the money in the community

SUCCESS: Some of the team from Oberon Smash Repairs, Aidan Shepperd, Luke Hopson, Lachie Svocak, Julie Melchers and owner Andrew Yeo.

SUCCESS: Some of the team from Oberon Smash Repairs, Aidan Shepperd, Luke Hopson, Lachie Svocak, Julie Melchers and owner Andrew Yeo.

OBERON Smash Repairs owner Andrew Yeo thinks the Buy Local Oberon campaign instigated by the Oberon Business and Tourism Association leading up to Christmas is a great initiative.

"The prizes are wonderful, but there is not much in my smash repair business that would benefit any of the winners," he said.

"But we are glad to fill out coupons for our customers in the hope that they win and can spend the money as they wish.

"It's all great for the community as it keeps the money in town."

Mr Yeo said it was a "win-win for everyone".

"We jumped on board as we wanted to be part of the community event.

"We're also involved in sponsoring local footy and hockey teams as we realise how hard it is for sporting clubs to raise funds to field teams."

Mr Yeo bought Oberon Smash Repairs in May 2017.

"When I took over, the business had been servicing the Oberon community for over 40 years," he said.

"I worked alongside Julieanne Rowlandson for over two years and with her experience and her father's experience, I was excited by the new challenge."

Ms Rowlandson's father Norm Brown started the business in the early 1970s as he worked out of his garage at home. He bought a garage in 1974 in Carrington Avenue from Len Williams and the business still operates from the same location.

Mr Brown learnt his panel-beating skills from Snowy Baker.

"We not only do repairs, we also do a lot of restoration work," Mr Yeo said.

"With over 50 years' combined experience between the staff, no job is too big or too small.

"As a repairer for all insurance companies, and warranty on all of our work, you can feel comfortable that repairs to your vehicle can be done locally.

"If you have an accident, you have a choice of your repairer.

"Some insurance companies have the preferred repairers throughout the Central West.

"But Oberon is quite isolated and it can be inconvenient to travel.

"So shopping local helps keep us in business."