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WHAT use-to-be an iconic and social meeting ground for the tourists and locals at Cape Trib will soon be nothing more than an empty building.
The Cape Trib Pharmacy will be closing its doors on November 24, after serving tourists and locals for seven years, seven days a week.
Owners and operators of the pharmacy Dr Kelly and Tania Lash have been negotiating prices for over a month.
“We were unable to reach a reasonable agreement with the landlord, the prices are just too high,” Dr Lash said.
“We have up to 1200 residents living up here, four resorts and we get between four and six thousand tourists, and the next pharmacy is almost an hour drive away.”
“We were shattered that we couldn’t keep the pharmacy open but there’s nothing we can do, we can’t run the business at a ridiculous rate,” Mr Lash said.
The Cape Trib Pharmacy is a unique remote pharmacy that is known for having almost everything and anything a tourist or local could need.
The pharmacy sells 85 per cent of most common medicines and offers delivery to locals in Cape Trib.
Together Kelly and Tania provide friendly customer service for prescriptions, health information, tour information, car rentals and hire, accommodation and personal advice from their experience in the tourism industry.
This was also a very important part of the Daintree Jungle Surfing business as it was the central pick up and drop off point for tourists.
Daintree Marketing Cooperative and Jungle Surfing cat Sheena Walshaw said that they are looking at other options for a local meeting point for jungle surfers to fill out paperwork and be picked up.
“I think it’s a real shame to see the pharmacy go. It has been a really important service to the community and it also brings a piece of mind knowing that we have access to a medical service, especially to those who rarely go into town.
“People are not use to being in a remote area that doesn’t have access to medical facilities or products so we are very sorry to see it go. The locals and tourists will need to travel to Mossman until the new pharmacy opens at Wonga Beach.
“That is a long way to travel just for a prescription,” she said
Patients with prescriptions held by the Cape Trib Pharmacy may collect their prescriptions before the closing date or they will be transferred to the new Cane Fire Pharmacy in Wonga Beach that opens December 1, 2010.
“The Cane Fire Pharmacy is all built and ready to go however it is still a good 45 minute to an hour drive down to the store from Cape Trib,” Mr Lash said.
Cane Fire will be a more traditional community pharmacy serving from Miallo to Cape Tribulation, seven days a week with a pharmacist always ready to serve.