Real es­tate team moves back home

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

AF­TER months of ma­jor ren­o­va­tions, staff at PRD­na­tion­wide Whitsundays are cel­e­brat­ing a re­turn to their up­dated, re­fur­bished of­fice.

PRD­na­tion­wide Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Christie Leet said the dev­as­ta­tion from Cy­clone Deb­bie had been ex­ten­sive, with com­put­ers, desks, car­pets and walls all de­stroyed.

“We were flooded out and we needed a com­plete of­fice re­build,” he said.

“(But) now we’ve got a beau­ti­ful, brand new of­fice space and it’s as good as it was in 2006 when we moved in.”

Mr Leet said when he first in­ves­ti­gated, all ground-floor ten­an­cies in his of­fice build­ing had been flooded and the water in his of­fice was about 15cm high.

PRD­na­tion­wide Whitsundays man­ages around 550 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and 100 hol­i­day book­ings which, at the time of the cy­clone, each had about 20-30 book­ings con­firmed.

Mr Leet said he was im­pressed with the ded­i­ca­tion of his 30 staff, who turned up the day af­ter the cy­clone, work­ing from the pave­ment out­side the ru­ined of­fice, charg­ing mo­bile phones in their cars, and in­form­ing clients of nec­es­sary can­cel­la­tions.

Over past three months, the busi­ness re­lo­cated to a smaller of­fice.

Mr Leet said his staff had coped well and had also been very em­pa­thetic to their many cus­tomers and ten­ants who were se­verely af­fected dur­ing and af­ter the cy­clone.

“There’s still some res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties that will be out of ac­tion un­til Christ­mas as they need roof­ing fixed and full struc­tural re­builds,” he said.

Mr Leet said the team had “a ma­jor func­tion” be­fore mov­ing back in to the of­fice “to let our hair down and say good­bye to try­ing times”.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

BUSI­NESS RE­TURN: The team at PRD­na­tion­wide Whit­sun­day re­turned to their Can­non­vale Busi­ness Cen­tre of­fice last week.

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