Pingelly’s business owners and workers came together for the inaugural Business BBQ Sundowner to help form a strong business community within the southern Wheatbelt town. The inaugural event was hosted at the Pingelly Retreat Motel — formerly known as the old Pingelly Roadhouse and Motel — by owners Karen and Pete Eldridge. The couple, who run several accommodation businesses across the State, bought the old motel in November last year to give it a new lease on life. The motel will also provide another short-term accommodation option in the town. Shire of Pingelly chief executive Andrew Dover said there was a great turnout for the inaugural event. “The purpose of the sundowner was to bring all shopfront business owners along the Main Street together to socialise, raise concerns and support each other as well as put names to faces,” he said. “As part of the Shire of Pingelly’s strategic plan, the Shire hopes to hold these business get togethers every 3-4 months at various locations within the Main Street. “The idea is to develop, promote and sustain not only the businesses, but Pingelly as a community.” Business owners and shire workers attended the event where they enjoyed a sausage sizzle and drink from the community barbecue trailer. The Eldridges also gave the guests a guided tour of the motel and showcased the progress they had made.