From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT WAS dev­as­tat­ing to come home to the ruins of the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre’s west­ern­most block on Sun­day, a week af­ter the fire that de­stroyed nine busi­ness premises on the site.

My heart goes out to the busi­ness own­ers, the staff and their fam­i­lies – and the wider com­mu­nity mem­bers af­fected by the blaze.

Nonethe­less as the say­ing goes, ev­ery cloud has a sil­ver lin­ing, and this one is cer­tainly start­ing to shine through.

Al­ready lo­cals have ral­lied to the aid of those out of work, do­nat­ing to go­fundme ac­counts and as­sist­ing prac­ti­cally wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Our jour­nal­ist Rory Sheav­ils’ story about Kim and Sharon from Ur­ban Vil­lage Home­wares, the re­cov­ery of their four ce­ramic pots through the kind­ness of de­mo­li­tion crews on site and fi­nally the news that they’re able to re-lo­cate, is heart­warm­ing to say the least.

Also, while the sights, sounds and smells of the con­tin­u­ing de­mo­li­tion con­tinue to con­front us ev­ery day, they are a nec­es­sary part of the “heal­ing” process and the first step on a road to re­cov­ery.

Man­age­ment at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre should be com­mended for the ef­forts they have made to en­sure the court­yard ad­join­ing the block the fire de­stroyed is far from an eye­sore.

Hats off also to the team at Com­mbank, whose “pop-up” bank has en­sured cus­tomers are catered for with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.

Our thoughts are still very much with those who can­not yet re-open – Marino’s, Art Whit­sun­day and the team from Glambox among them.

Please con­tinue to sup­port these peo­ple who are an in­te­gral part of all our lives.

Sharon Small­wood Edi­tor

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