IN BRIEF

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

Er­gon sup­port

ER­GON en­ergy cus­tomers have been given a rea­son to breathe a sigh of re­lief. Peo­ple still re­cov­er­ing from Cy­clone Deb­bie will have ac­cess to sup­port pro­grams and can re­quest es­ti­mated bills in order to avoid mul­ti­ple pay­ments at one time. Er­gon En­ergy ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Ch­eryl Hop­kins said some cus­tomers with un­in­hab­it­able homes could dis­cuss hav­ing their bills and debt waived on a case-by-case ba­sis.

Open doors

ST VINNIES is back. Fol­low­ing sub­stan­tial wa­ter dam­age and roof re­pairs, the St Vin­cent De Paul shop on 102 Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non­vale re-opened its doors last Tues­day, April 18. The store has re­turned to nor­mal trad­ing hours Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am–4pm and Satur­day from 9am–1pm.

Peo­ple af­fected by the cy­clone and in need of as­sis­tance are en­cour­aged to call 1300 633 343 to get sup­port with re­build­ing lives. St Vinnies re­cently re­ceived a $4000 do­na­tion from Cairns band Drew­boy and Sax Ad­dicts which will all be used for cy­clone re­cov­ery.

Coun­selling

THE Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity will have an op­por­tu­nity to heal next week at the Cy­clone Deb­bie Work­shop. Whit­sun­day Psy­chol­ogy coun­sel­lor Suzanne Carmichael will hold a group ses­sion at Villa Botan­ica on Tues­day, May 2 from 6–8pm for res­i­dents still re­cov­er­ing from Cy­clone Deb­bie. Any­one with en­quiries can call 4946 6554. A gold coin do­na­tion is all that is re­quired.

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