Business reopens to Port of Airlie bounty
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.
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).