Lov­ing the Air­lie la­goon

Mile­stone in cy­clone re­cov­ery hit

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Carruthers Peter.Carruthers@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE Air­lie Beach la­goon has re­opened and it’s re­ally made a splash for busi­nesses in the area.

Air­lie Book Bou­tique owner Belinda Har­ris said she was over the moon to an­nounce that last Satur­day af­ter the re­open­ing of the la­goon, the busi­ness recorded its best trade.

“I had my best day ever when the cruise ship was in,” she said.

“I was run off my feet and it’s just ex­cit­ing. In the three months prior to the cy­clone it was pretty sad for us and a lot of us were hang­ing on the Easter hol­i­days which ob­vi­ously never hap­pened.

“So it’s been a long time com­ing. Just to see peo­ple is good. Tow­els are mov­ing and things that have sat for months and months are sell­ing.”

For young mums Tyme Henry and Ma­rina Muf­fett the la­goon open­ing of­fered a place to take their bubs for a spring splash.

“It’s awe­some and now that the weather is get­ting hot­ter. To­day is his first time ever in the la­goon,” Ms Henry said.

Ms Henry’s seven-month-old son, Tanae Find­lay, was hav­ing a ball in the sap­phire-coloured wa­ter of the Air­lie la­goon.

“It gives us more things to do and he loves the wa­ter.”

Carl Parkhill, who is the owner of Splash Pools, the prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor re­spon­si­ble for the la­goon re­fur­bish­ment, said it was “very re­ward­ing for the whole com­mu­nity”.

He said his em­ploy­ees had been work­ing 15-hour days to meet the dead­line set by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

“Nor­mally this job would have taken four to five months; here we have done it in nine weeks,” he said.

Owner of the Wis­dom Health Lab, Bec Way­man, said her busi­ness had picked up since the la­goon opened last Thurs­day.

“We have al­most dou­bled our busi­ness,” she said.

“It has been a mas­sive in­crease... it was a pretty quiet time there for those five months.”

“There was no one down here be­fore and to see them here now here, is a pos­i­tive Ms Way­man said.

I had my best day ever when the cruise ship was in — Belinda Har­ris

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

SWIM TIME: Ma­rina Muf­fett, Seren­ity McIn­er­ney, Tyme Henry and Tanae Find­lay en­joy a swim at the Air­lie Beach la­goon.

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