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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.

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