Jobs at stake as council works cut bakery dough
OWNERS of the French Bakehouse at Scarness have cut one job and may shed more while their trade is being blocked by council works on the Esplanade.
Road closures and works have had a significant impact on trade and access for local businesses and were the topic of discussion at the Scarness Action Group meeting on Wednesday night.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Division 9 representative Stuart Taylor said he had been on the ground this week talking to affected businesses to hear their concerns.
He said timing for the works was never going to be easy.
"If you worked out when we couldn't do it, you'd have been left with a very small window," Cr Taylor said.
"We've tried to be mindful of the busy tourist times, that's why we squeezed it in between the Whale Festival and September school holidays."
But for French Bakehouse owner Barry Dawson, it's been a hard slog.
"These quiet times are killing me," Mr Dawson said.
"We've already got rid of one of our staff - she's been laid off permanently and we're going to be looking at letting go of more people if things don't recover.
"If I don't sell my product, I have to throw it away."