Cafes on the beach at Torquay and Scarness review damage
TWO important Hervey Bay businesses - Enzo's on the Beach and Aquavue - must confront the long-term impacts of recent wild weather.
Owner of Enzo's on the Beach, Enzo Andreuzzi, said rough seas had pounded the land in front of his cafe, seeped through pavers and the deck, and damaged the nearby boat ramp during recent weather events
"The whole building got belted and it got flooded inside," Mr Andreuzzi said.
"If we had the same tide on (Monday) as Sunday the sand would have been washed away from underneath the building."
Aquavue Cafe had parts of its dining are washed away and its owner Larry Birch said he was thankful to be open for business.
"It just happens sometimes, you have to put your head down and fix it," Mr Birch said.
"We have had the best holiday season ever."
He said he would take the opportunity to restabilise the building, replan the beach access and get on with running a successful business.
Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president Bernard Whebell said the Fraser Coast Regional Council must consider putting protection measures in place.
"Definitely government has got to provide assistance to a number of businesses like Aquavue and Enzo's," Mr Whebell said.
"I think it's probably time...the council invested in doing up those sites because that's council land."