MARYBOROUGH COMMERCIAL CITY PEOPLE SHOW APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER FLOODS

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS PEOPLE IN MARYBOROUGH SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR HELP AFTER THE RECENT FLOODS

Maryborough CBD shop owners Julianne Sutcliffe, Kevin Vincent, Anne Proctor, Andrew and Allison Duggan, Lida Nielsen, Claudia Davidson and Darren Smith are postive about their future.
COMMUNITY spirit and the will to work shoulder to shoulder with retailers have Maryborough’s central business district shops back in business.
Most are trading as normal, while others are only days away from doing so.
But all have one thing in common – they want to say a big thank-you to those who helped out during the biggest flood in 60 years.
On Australia Day this year, as the rains came down and the winds howled, business owners, staff and volunteers moved stock and fittings out of shops that were in danger of being inundated with the muddy floodwaters of the Mary River.
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Most of those people were back several days later, along with the army to help clean-up the aftermath.
TSG Tobacco Station owner Kevin Vincent said it took some work.
“The support I received from customers was excellent,” he said.
“We had a metre-and-a-half of water in the shop.
“I had a guy who I didn’t know from a bar of soap offer me a container and storage space for the entire contents of my shop.”
Mr Vincent said businesses saw the community as priority number one.
“I had specially designed cabinets made and fitted within a week after the water subsided,” he said.
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“You can’t beat that community spirit.”
Jane-Ellen Proctor of Anne’s Irresistible Lingerie said the cellar was full and there were a few metres of water in the shop.
“Mum and I weren’t even in Maryborough, we were stranded out of town,” Ms Proctor said.
“Family, employees and total strangers moved all the stock out.
“We came home to mum’s double garage full of bras, undies and dolls.”
Ms Proctor said people came from everywhere to help.
“It has restored my faith in the town,” she said.
“Now it’s just one foot in front of the other – it’s good to see everyone getting back on board.”
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Sourced from the local Chronicle paper & published here by Henry Sapiecha