From the editor's desk
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