Busi­ness re­opens to Port of Air­lie bounty

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

IT’S eight days af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of Cy­lone Deb­bie has turned your life up­side down.

You still have no elec­tric­ity or run­ning wa­ter.

Out of nowhere, the clouds roll in and more rain comes tum­bling down.

What do you do?

If you’re Mered­ith Moloney you re­joice, take off your clothes, and have a ‘nat­u­ral’ shower on your bal­cony.

On Satur­day Ms Moloney got to re­joice again – this time to mark the re­open­ing of her busi­ness, Aimer Fash­ion & Ac­ces­sories.

From 10am she hosted a morn­ing tea to of­fi­cially launch a new be­gin­ning.

The oc­ca­sion was held along­side the big draw for a ma­jor prize in the $10,000 in Trea­sure at Port of Air­lie event.

Ms Moloney said she would es­pe­cially like to hon­our the lo­cal tradies who worked so hard on restor­ing her shop, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cian An­drew Pear­son, To­tal Seal­ing Works, and Plants Whit­sun­days.

“Please use lo­cal ser­vices, butch­ers, farm­ers mar­kets and elec­tri­cians,” she said.

“Buy as much as you can lo­cally. We need to put money back into our busi­nesses. If you want th­ese shops to stay open in Air­lie, we need to sup­port them.”

Af­ter flood wa­ters re­ceded, Ms Moloney was left with ru­ined car­pets.

“It’s the trop­ics, and af­ter 15 days of no air­con­di­tion­ing, the car­pets were just mould,” she said. “The stock was de­stroyed.”

Like many oth­ers, her busi­ness has been closed for three months, but through the chal­leng­ing times Ms Moloney has made new com­mu­nity con­nec­tions.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS: Port of Air­lie prize win­ners Damian, Carter and Te­gan Pen­nisi, with Leah Hesse (Var­tar­mani Yoga & Spa), Vin­cenzo Trombi (La Ma­rina), Tolita Dukes (8 Sec­onds), Dan McLeod (Den­man's Beer Cafe), Brad Wil­liams (The Cof­fee Club), Natasha Beven­stock (Mantra Boathouse), Clay­ton Matthews (Port of Air­lie), Mered­ith Moloney (Aimer Fash­ion & Ac­ces­sories) and Kristy Cun­ning­ham (Port of Air­lie).

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