Port Hinch­in­brook re­sort op­er­a­tors in cy­clone re­cov­ery phase Easter with­out guests

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Martin Rasini martin. rasini@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TOURISM op­er­a­tors at Port Hinch­in­brook, a pop­u­lar re­treat for Townsville res­i­dents, are in the re­cov­ery phase in the wake of Cy­clone Yasi.

Its Inspiration Re­sort has many of its 26 apart­ments in o p e r a t i o n , a l t h o u g h hol­i­day-let 10 houses re­main out of ac­tion.

Mean­while bou­tique re­treat Rip­ples on the Ma­rina, is fac­ing an Easter hol­i­day break with­out guests, and Port Hinch­in­brook Re­sort and Ma­rina is un­der­stood to be largely with­out power sup­ply.

Inspiration man­ager Peter But­ler said ac­com­mo­da­tion had sus­tained bro­ken win­dows and doors, and wa­ter­dam­age to in­te­ri­ors – and was pro­gres­sively be­ing made op­er­a­ble.

‘‘ We have peo­ple re­pair­ing the dam­age and ex­pect to have about three quar­ters of our apart­ments op­er­a­ble in time for the Easter hol­i­days,’’ Mr But­ler said.

Apart­ments have two bed-

LUX­URY: Port Hinch­in­brook’s Inspiration Re­sort op­er­a­tors hope for a busy Easter hol­i­day break rooms and two bath­rooms, while the two-level houses, which re­main out of ac­tion, have three, four and five bed­rooms and in­di­vid­ual pools.

Mr But­ler said the nearby 18-unit Plan­ta­tion build­ing, which in­cluded short-stay apart­ments, had sur­vived the cy­clone rel­a­tively un- scathed.

How­ever, Rip­ples owner Terry Lang­ford said her re­sort’s four two-level hol­i­day homes and own­ers’ res­i­dence needed white­goods and a num­ber of other items re­placed as well as gen­eral re­pairs.

Also, a pon­toon – a moor­ing for guest’s boats – and a walk­way were lost in the cy­clone, which tossed a 40m yacht like a twig on to the board­walk, caus­ing sub­stan­tial dam­age.

Mrs Lang­ford, who de­vel­oped the re­sort with her hus­band, also Terry, said the ear­li­est book­ings she had dared to ac­cept were for mid-May, and cus­tomers had been un­der­stand­ing.

‘ ‘ O u r r e g u l a r g u e s t s un­der­stand we can’t make prom­ises,’’ she said.

Port Hinch­in­brook Re­sort and Ma­rina could not be reached for com­ment but its web­site says it sus­tained ex­ten­sive dam­age and does not ex­pect to re­turn to nor­mal trad­ing for some time.

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