"I'm always on for a chat": Butchery is part of buy local effort

SMILE: Barker's Butchery owner Wayne Barker is happy to promote the Buy Local Oberon 2019 campaign.

SMILE: Barker's Butchery owner Wayne Barker is happy to promote the Buy Local Oberon 2019 campaign.

BARKER'S Butchery celebrated 40 years in business in 2018.

Wayne and Jenny Barker have been providing the Oberon community with the best and freshest cuts of meat for four decades and the husband-and-wife team have become an integral part of the local landscape.

It all began 44 years ago when a fresh-faced Mr Barker did his apprenticeship in the very butchery he now owns.

He worked his way up and went into partnership with the then-owner Ron Bailey. And when Mr Bailey hung up his meat hooks, the Barkers decided the time was right to buy the business outright and start out on their own.

Mr Barker's slogan has always been "pleased to meet you - meat to please you".

"I'm always on for chat - that's how you find out what's going on in the community," he said.

"We have had some really great customers. We have generations of customers who keep coming back."

Mr Barker is on the Buy Local Oberon 2019 committee and he said it's a great idea.

"This campaign is a chance to give back to my loyal customers," he said.

"Some people and businesses are doing it tough.

"It keeps the community together and it will make us stronger."

Mr Barker said even if an out-of-towner won the big one, the $3000 first prize, it would still have to be spent in Oberon because they are local dollars.

"Winners do not have to spend their winnings at any one store, they can spread it across several businesses," he said. "The concept of the campaign is to encourage locals to buy local."

Mr Barker sponsors and supports local sporting groups such as junior league, senior league and soccer clubs and is the major sponsor of the squash club.

"Over the years we have helped local schools with donations to their fundraising efforts such as trivia nights and we are a major supporter of Oberon Can Assist. Now I'm president of the Bathurst Harness Racing Club, we sponsor pace racing as well," he said.

Mr Barker said the Oberon Business and Tourism Association is supplying the prizes so it costs local businesses nothing.