Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cyclone Can't Stop Business

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cyclone Can't Stop Business

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Byline: Zarisha Bradley Zarisha.Bradley@dailymercury.com.au

AFTER nine months out of business and out of pocket, Sarina family business Ventons Tropical Blooms has rebuilt and is ready to resume trading.

The tropical flower and crop farm copped a hard blow after Cyclone Debbie but has come out on top, since doubling in size.

Sisters and owners of the business, Lyn Palmer and Christine Pitts, have worked hard over the past year and are glad they have their bananas, paw paws and passion fruit growing again.

"The business was going great until we got wiped out by Cyclone Debbie," Mrs Palmer said.

"We lost everything, so we started again."

Determined to "replant and start afresh" the sisters used the enforced downtime as an opportunity to expand and now hope their efforts will pay off.

Yesterday, after a long wait for their plants to recover and finally produce fruit, Ventons Tropical Blooms made its second appearance for the year at the Greater Whitsunday Farmers' Market on Bluewater Quay. …

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