Cow of a time, but Mooball fights back
By PETER CATON
THE winds of change are sweeping through the tiny Tweed village of Mooball, once dominated by a general store and a pub.
The general store, which until December 2003 was in the hands of the family who built it more than 70 years ago, has closed down.
But a young family from Holland, Peter and Nora Brils with their children Daan 5 and Puk 4, have saved the day for the locals.
The couple took over the legendary Moo Moo Cafe just last August, but since Christmas have added the roles of grocery store, post office and newsagency to their iconic cafe and petrol station.
The cafe, which put Mooball firmly on the tourist map after a large ornamental cow was calf-napped in 2003, is now the business hub of the village.
The Kelly Bros. General Store built in 1934 had been run by the Kelly family until Leo Kelly, who began working there in 1952, and his wife Bernadette, sold up "lock, stock and barrel" in late 2003.
But changing times led to the store closing just before Christmas.
"To be honest it's not good for the village, but for us it was a bit of a bonus," said Nora Brils, who with Peter, spent 15 years working in photography and advertising in Holland.
"We had a bit of extra room so we took over the post office and we also do a bit of the general store _ and the newspapers.
"Now the locals come to pick up the mail. They are happy we have taken it over.
"We like it here and the people seem to like us."
She said the cafe was still doing a good trade with tourists as well.
Mainly to amuse children, the couple recently added a small animal farm in addition to cows at the back of the cafe - with goats and sheep adding plenty of baa baa to Moo Moo.