Keep­ing food on ta­ble

Big com­mu­nity event will be held at the Sail­ing Club

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

IT TAKES a spe­cial kind of re­silience to be ‘open for busi­ness’ days af­ter a Cat­e­gory 4 cy­clone makes im­pact.

But for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Gen­eral man­ager Troy Jones said while every busi­ness was go­ing through a tough time, it was im­por­tant to keep mov­ing for­ward.

“We opened from Sun­day morn­ing and our reg­u­lars and lo­cals have been pretty ap­pre­cia­tive,” he said.

“We are just try­ing to get word out that we are open.”

As the re­cov­ery ef­fort con­tin­ues, lo­cals can still ex­pect a de­cent meal with food op­tions in­clud­ing cala­mari salad, ham­burg­ers, chicken kiev and steak avail­able.

Mr Jones said it was a pri­or­ity for the club to be avail­able for the broader com­mu­nity.

“We are a non-profit com­mu­nity club which is here for the town, not just sail­ing,” he said.

“We are open for busi­ness and we need lo­cals to em­brace every busi­ness at the mo­ment.

“Gam­ing ma­chines are open and the bistro is open, all we need is the peo­ple to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Peo­ple will also have a chance to re­lax with a Re­lief Ben­e­fit Con­cert or­gan­ised by Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, Tourism Whit­sun­day and Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic to be held at the Sail­ing Club on May 27.

Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic or­gan­iser Gavin But­lin said he was look­ing to at­tract “big names” to the event.

OPEN: Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club gen­eral man­ager Troy Jones stressed the im­por­tance of be­ing open for busi­ness.

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