News

Work to fix town is in full swing

Daddows sales manager Neil Dwyer inspects the premises’ damaged roof as the big clean-up continues in Cooroy.
Daddows sales manager Neil Dwyer inspects the premises’ damaged roof as the big clean-up continues in Cooroy. Geoff Potter

CLEAN-UP efforts are continuing but some damaged businesses face months in exile from their roofless stores and offices.

A string of small businesses along Cooroy's Maple St had their shared roof peel off from over their heads and fly across the road during the height of Tuesday afternoon's severe thunderstorm.

The town's business district was the centre of attention for crews in clean-up mode, with firefighters, police, council workers and SES crews from all over the Sunshine Coast having converged there.

While the street was cleared of debris, fallen powerlines and trees, and reopened to traffic on Wednesday, the clean-up has just begun for some.

Cooroy Newsagency owner Laurie Kendall said he would have to shut his doors for up to a month and halt his morning delivery run until he could get the store functioning again.

"I think it's a long-term closure for us. The extent of the damage is incredible," Mr Kendall said.

"Times are tough for small businesses at the moment so I'm trying to get this all going pretty quickly."

Hinternoosa has temporarily relocated into an empty office space about 50m away.

Principal Murray Brown said it was proving to be a logistical nightmare.

"It's difficult to get everything hooked up. We won't have phones until Friday afternoon," he said on Wednesday.

"We expect to be out of our usual address for up to two months or even more."

Mr Brown, who also owns the building occupied next door by Chinese Cooroy, said the recently renovated restaurant, in particular, was a terrible loss.

"We just spent $50,000 renovating the property. They were meant to reopen this week," he said.

Endeavour Foundation spokesman Patrick Pollock said all stock in the store had been destroyed.

"At this stage a possible reopen date is unknown," he said.

Sunshine Coast Council's local disaster management coordinator Alan Rogers inspected the damage in town.

"We're incredibly lucky that no one was injured or killed," he said.

Christian College students baked muffins to deliver to tired shop owners.

Topics:  clean, rebuild, storm


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Travellers take advantage of 'free camping' spot

A van parked at Noosa Junction bowls club.

Empty bowls club has become free camping spot out of council control

Waving the way to better mental health

STRONG: Noosa OneWave group would love to see more people join their supportive community.

ONE wave, one conversation, one hug is all it takes - to save a life

Future for Cambodian kids shaped by Noosa gifts

The Cambodian school kids could do with some Noosa caring - and your old laptops.

Noosa asked to help poor students

Local Partners

Future for Cambodian kids shaped by Noosa gifts

Noosa asked to help poor students by former councillor

Fresh bid for market in Cooroy

The Noosa Farmers markets are a model for the new Cooroy concept.

Cooroy markets pitch

MP and Mayor tuck into 'meaty issues'

Noosa MP Glen Elmes and Mayor Tony Wellington.

Noosa MP and Mayor's tasty meeting

Be fabulous with the Queens this long weekend

QUEEN BEE: Melony Brests brings you an evening of razzling, dazzling fabulousness this long weekend at the Noosa Arts Theatre.

Join local icon Melony Brests for a fabulous show this long weekend

Peregian littlies have big hearts for the homeless

HELPERS: C and K Peregian Springs Kindergarten pupils started a donation basket for the homeless. Archie is pictured here with a recreation of Orange Sky Laundry.

Peregian Springs kindy kids start a donation basket for the homeless

Noosa surf lifesaver dives in to graduate position

TOP JOB: James Ghent has landed a graduate position with Arup.

USC student lands position with top engineering firm.

Capturing our Noosa from high

NEW LOOK: Local photographer Dave Gleeson's work can be seen on a Melbourne tram.

Dave Gleeson's freelance photography has taken off

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

6 top tips for getting approved for a rental property

Follow these top tips to better your chances.

Real estate agent shares what you can do to get approved to rent

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.