Neil and Flora Hutley proudly display the award presented to them at their Hutley Brothers family butchery.
Neil and Flora Hutley proudly display the award presented to them at their Hutley Brothers family butchery.

Hutley family thrilled to the bone

IT WOULD be like a 'steak' in the heart for South Lismore residents if Hutley Brothers Butchery closed.

Luckily, thanks to the efforts of three generations of the Hutley family, the business is still going strong after it celebrated 60 years of service to the local community this week.

Yesterday, Neil Hutley was presented with an award by Small Business Minister Joe Tripodi to celebrate the impressive achievement.

The Minister said the longevity of the business was a testament to the family's commitment to their work and their dedication to the Lismore community.

"They take pride in their work, they love their community and the community loves them back," Mr Tripodi said.

Neil and Flora Hutley opened the butchery in 1948, but Mr Hutley said things in the industry had changed a lot through the years.

"Back then everything was cut by hand - we didn't have any bandsaws," he said.

"Also, because refrigeration was poor, we wouldn't have large displays of meat like we do now, usually we just had one big piece of meat cut up."

Neil's son, Graham, who started working at his father's store 43 years ago, said that working at the family business made it easier to 'put a little bit of extra effort in without expecting anything in return'.

Graham Hutley also has the store to thank for his name.

"Before I was born, dad used to ask customers their kid's names and one of them was 'Graham' - so dad thought, that's the one, he said.

While Graham's son, David, wasn't named after a customer of the store, he too became a butcher and now works at Hutley Brothers.

Neil diplomatically refused to say which of the three Hutley boys was the best cook on the barbie at family functions.


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