Dual Woopi business under the weather



IT may be sunny where you're sitting, but one local business has been under the weather in every sense for nearly five months.

Woolgoolga Laundry and Woolgoolga Home Brewing Supplies have been closed since October, when torrential rain damaged the roof of the Nightingale St building.

The owner of both outlets, which share one shop, said gloomily that every time it rained, water came right through the roof, which is still covered by tarpaulins, and into his shop.

"We can't have the power on because it's too dangerous." he said.

With more than $60,000 worth of machinery and equipment sitting idle, he said he and his wife, who operate the shop, were losing between $2500 and $3000 a week.

"I'm covered for loss of (my) income. But now we have to turn around and pick up the business we have lost," he said.

Rain usually means business for laundries, dry clean- ers and home brew shops as people amuse themselves with home projects and struggle to rescue muddy clothes. But for the Woolgoolga business, which supplies all these services, this week's wet weather just meant another 8cm of water on the floor and trying to cover up machinery to protect it from dripping water.

While the business owner said his own insurance company, GIO, had been helpful, he said repairs to the building were a matter between the landlord and his insurer.



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