Heart Ho­tel busi­nesses keep on pump­ing

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

FLOOD-PROOFING Airlie Creek is the key to keep­ing Heart Ho­tel busi­nesses out of grief.

This is the view of The Deck owner Greg Lange who said it needed to be flagged as a fu­ture pro­ject.

“As a busi­ness lo­cated in the cen­tre of town that con­tin­u­ally gets flooded by Airlie Creek when­ever there is a weather event, I would love to see it ad­dressed,” he said.

“I (have) ex­pe­ri­enced half a dozen flood events... and it seems so un­nec­es­sary, it seems ex­tra­or­di­nary that rec­ti­fi­ca­tion works haven’t taken place.”

LiveLife phar­macy chemist Al­lan Milostic said he would like to see some­thing done.

“I’ve thought long and hard about how it could be done, I don’t know what can hap­pen short of dig­ging out the chan­nel a bit more,” he said.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said if any busi­nesses were in­ter­ested in run­ning the is­sue by him, he would be happy to have en­gi­neers look at the creek.

Two months on from Cy­clone Deb­bie, the Heart Ho­tel-based busi­nesses have come a long way from hav­ing to mop mud off the floors with creek water.

Mr Lange said ev­ery­one had “rolled up their sleeves”.

“We live in a pos­i­tive area and peo­ple who live here have done a great job mov­ing for­ward,” he said.

Mr Milostic re­called the scenes played out in the cy­clone’s im­me­di­ate af­ter­math and said sig­nif­i­cant progress had been made. “We were pulling car­pets out and the floor was cov­ered in a very thick layer of mud,” he said.

“(But) op­er­a­tionally we are back to nor­mal - the water and power is back on, we are still miss­ing car­pet and need to do some re­pairs but func­tion­ally it’s nor­mal.”

SLEEVES ROLLED UP: Katelin Gor­don, Mayka McDon­ald, Karen MacGregor, Di Bates, Karen Milostic at LiveLife Phar­macy.

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