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AUS­TRALIAN com­pany So­journ Prop­er­ties late last month snapped up the lease at Par­adise Bay on the south­ern tip of Long Is­land for an undis­closed sum.

The is­land re­sort, which in­cludes 10 bun­ga­lows, a day spa and a li­censed bar, has been aban­doned since 2015 when it suf­fered storm dam­age in the wake of Cy­clone Mar­cia.

In 2017 the re­sort was hit again by Cy­clone Deb­bie and the Aus­tralian Is­lands web­site had it listed for sale at a heav­ily re­duced price of $1.5 mil­lion.

Though the bun­ga­lows are in quite good shape, the re­cep­tion, bar and swim­ming pool have been badly dam­aged by TC Deb­bie.

So­journ Prop­er­ties’ Wayne Rum­ble said a lot of the dam­age had been “cos­metic” and hoped to wel­come vis­i­tors back to the re­sort be­fore Oc­to­ber this year.

“You have got gut­ters, hot wa­ter sys­tems and so­lar pan­els that need to be looked at,” he said.

“It looked re­ally bad but when we got the pro­fes­sional out there to look deeply into it, (we de­cided) it’s def­i­nitely work get­ting up and run­ning again.”

Mr Rum­ble said there was a team of peo­ple on the is­land now clear­ing the de­bris and land­scap­ing the grounds and prob­lems of ero­sion from tidal surges would need to be ad­dressed.

“We will need to get land­sca­pers and en­gi­neers to help us come up with a plan to pro­tect that,” he said.

So­journ Prop­er­ties has also owned the lease on Pump­kin Is­land since 2013.

NEW OWNER: The lease for the re­sort at Par­adise Bay has been ac­quired by So­journ Prop­er­ties.

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