Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Chalet Back in Business

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Chalet Back in Business

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ONE of the Pioneer Valley's greatest tourist attractions, the Eungella Chalet, is well and truly back in business after a six-month closure caused by Cyclone Ului.

The historic chalet was one of the worst casualties during the March 21 cyclone, with parts of its roof torn off and significant structural and water damage.

But the disaster provided the opportunity for chalet owner Tony Murray to renovate the iconic building, which re-opened on September 21.

He extended the eating area and dining room, added a new kitchen, new bars and big glass windows, revamped the toilets, repainted, changed the entrance and crafted the chalet's tables and chairs from Eungella timber.

Mr Murray's colleague Tess Ford said the closure had been difficult but worthwhile.

C[pounds sterling]It's a very long time for a business to be closed, though we were still running the cabins during that time,C[yen] Ms Ford said.

C[pounds sterling]It's been a very big challenge to get it reopened. …

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