NINETEEN people registered their interest in moving to Nhill during the town’s open weekend.
Nhill Alive with Business Opportunity committee chairman Alex Graham dubbed the inaugural event a success.
“We are extremely pleased with that number,” he said.
He said families travelled from Melbourne, Sale, Adelaide, Bendigo and Rosebud to participate in the weekend.
One visitor secured a job on Sunday.
Mr Graham said he believed the man would relocate as early as next week, with his family to join him later.
Two other families said they were keen to move to Nhill when suitable employment became available.
“Obviously there are significant flow-on effects of even one family moving to town, when you think of the impact of a few more kids at our schools, another couple of jobs, house sales, local spending and so on,” Mr Graham said.
Two people living in Nhill on short-term placements took a two-hour guided tour of the town.
Mr Graham said they were considering applying for permanent positions.
He said the committee would keep in touch with those who registered, to maintain the momentum generated by the event.
“We will also start making plans for future events, given the significant level of interest we have received in the open weekend from near and far,” he said.
Mr Graham said the open weekend was likely to become an annual event.
Hindmarsh Shire Mayor Rob Gersch said the community rallied behind the event.
“We had a group that cleaned some of our empty shops and windows and put up displays and spruced them up,” he said.
He said the displays would stay up.
West Wimmera Health Service had its inaugural fun run at the weekend, which drew more than 110 participants and raised money for the service.
A golf tournament also attracted about 100 people.
Cr Gersch said art-lovers appreciated a gallery opening.
“One of the things that came out of the open weekend was that it made the Nhill community very aware of what can happen,” he said.
The 129th annual Nhill Show is at the town’s showground tomorrow.
Nhill Fire Brigade will celebrate its 125th anniversary, with a plaque presentation and an exhibition of fire trucks, past and present.
They will also celebrate with a torchlight procession, leading up to a fireworks display at 8.30pm.