Business remain closed as more rain threatens region
FIVE businesses in Mary St have not re-opened since the January flood and with heavy rain forecast over the weekend and possibly into Monday, owners of flood-affected businesses are nervously considering staying closed until next week.
Another flood could be the nail in the coffin for many.
Gympie Sari Sari Asian mini-mart is one of several stores just holding on. Owner Stuart Williamson had plenty of help to restock the shelves yesterday, but was worried the family business could not survive another flood.
He said business was going backward due to regular flooding, which had stalled any progress planned when they took over nearly four years ago.
"We are surviving on less than the dole because of these floods," he added.
He said Local and State Governments needed to make a quick decision to come up with a sensible action plan, "because this wet season is not over yet".
"Council should be supporting and protecting the community, but instead this community has been supporting council," he said.
"The talk needs to stop and money needs to be put into prevention. As meek and mild as we might appear, businesses have had a gutful and demand something be done."
Across the street at Billy's Hotel, Lesley Mitchell said the same thing.
"Council and the State Government need to do something about the lowest point in Gympie to protect it from regular flooding," she said.
"Local businesses can't get insurance like national chains... Mary St is going to become a ghost town if nothing is done."
But even with buying power, insurance agencies are starting to refuse renewal of stores in flood prone areas.
Wayne Clarke, of Wayne's World, said he feared the Gympie store would not be insured next year, as his Rocklea store was refused following the Brisbane floods.