Main St shops want better times to resurface

Pie and Pastry Paradise manager Danielle Berkhout is hoping customers will support Main St businesses during the roadworks.
Pie and Pastry Paradise manager Danielle Berkhout is hoping customers will support Main St businesses during the roadworks. Alistair Brightman

IGNORE the roadworks and come and support local businesses in a quiet period.

That's the call from a frustrated Danielle Berkhout as her business continues to lose about 50% of its sales.

Ms Berkhout is the manager at Pie and Pastry Paradise on Main St. Since September the usual steady flow of foot and car traffic has been replaced with trucks and graders as the Fraser Coast Regional Council resurfaces the busy road.

"With the road temporarily a one-way street between Torquay Rd and the Esplanade, businesses including Pie and Pastry are suffering.

"We've had to cut staff hours down and things like that so it's a bit stressful for everyone," Ms Berkhout said.

"There's nothing we can do about it - it's just too much of a hassle for people to come down here."

But despite the lack of customers she admits the road was in dire condition and the area would be better than ever when it's reopened in December.

"It does need to be done but it's just not that good for us," she said.

"Support us to try and get through this next six weeks- we have heaps of parking out the back."

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