You can al­ways rely on ma­rina’s qual­ity

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IT’S the boatie dream – a high qual­ity ma­rina with all the ameni­ties, qual­ity din­ing and a team that will go the ex­tra mile to make sure ev­ery­one that sails away doesn’t for­get the name, Abell Point Ma­rina.

The five gold an­chor ac­cred­ited ma­rina was hit hard by Cy­clone Deb­bie, but you wouldn’t know it by walk­ing along its fore­shore.

The team have worked tirelessly over the last seven weeks to en­sure that ev­ery­one knows the Whit­sun­days is open for busi­ness.

Abell Point Ma­rina gen­eral man­ager Luke McCaul said all re­pairs were ex­pected to be com­pleted by the start of July.

“I think there’s a re­ally strong feel­ing of op­ti­mism and con­fi­dence across the op­er­a­tors which is the rea­son peo­ple come to the Whit­sun­days to visit the is­lands and the Great Bar­rier Reef,” Mr McCaul said.

“We’re get­ting on with the job and that’s what’s go­ing to get peo­ple back to the re­gion. Busi­nesses are able to get out and op­er­ate as nor­mal.

“The win­ter is a prime time to be in the Whit­sun­days and it’s a big in­vi­ta­tion for peo­ple to get back here and ex­pe­ri­ence it.

“As far as our ten­ants went through Cy­clone Deb­bie, our bare­boat op­er­a­tors were back on the wa­ter days after the cy­clone which is an in­cred­i­ble ef­fort from their teams and guys like Ocean Raft­ing, Red Cat and Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours have worked re­ally hard to re­pair what­ever dam­age they have.

“It’s im­por­tant for the whole re­gion to know that we can bring peo­ple here and that nor­mal­ity is be­ing re­stored as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Bo­hemian Raw Cafe owner Kather­ine Har­ri­son said they had ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced a boom in busi­ness since the cy­clone hit.

“We have no­ticed a spike in peo­ple com­ing through,” she said.

“We were able to open a week after it hit and I think with our healthy op­tions, peo­ple were keen to get a taste of that food.

“The team here at Abell Point are al­ways amaz­ing and all help each other and busi­ness has got­ten back to nor­mal quickly.”

Pop­u­lar lo­cal spot Sor­rento were closed for 10 days but owner Julie Is­togu said the sup­port from ev­ery­one had been amaz­ing.

“Abell Point have been re­ally good and sup­ported and kept us safe,” she said.

“We just want to thank ev­ery­one who’s been sup­port­ing us and for be­ing pa­tient and con­tin­u­ing to be pa­tient.”

The up­stairs of Sor­rento’s re­mains closed due to re­pairs but they’ve just fin­ished re-paint­ing the in­te­rior and have in­tro­duced a new menu.

“We’ve al­ready had some re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back on it and would love peo­ple to come and try it,” she said.

With Hem­ing­way’s restau­rant hold­ing their grand open­ing last Fri­day and Abell Point’s new Ocean Club open­ing in June, busi­ness isn’t just back to nor­mal, it’s ready to boom.

❝im­por­tant It’s for the whole re­gion to know that we can bring peo­ple here.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

BACK TO BUSI­NESS: Abell Point Ma­rina man­ager Luke McCaul and owner Paul Dar­rouzet (front) with the Abell Point team.

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