Closing roads, closing doors: Queen Street businesses say they will be affected by the closure of Queen Street between Mason and Gladstone Streets this weekend. Photo: William Kulich.
BUSINESSES on the closed section of Queen Street say they will be unable to open or are expecting reduced business this weekend because of the closure.
Queen Street was closed between Mason and Gladstone Streets today after an emergency order was placed on the former Petersville Milk Factory.
The former “Bonlac” site is considered at high risk of losing tin cladding in strong winds, and the road is not expected to reopen until checks are made Monday.
Lorraine Davis of Out There 4×4 told The Warragul Citizen the shop will be unable to trade tomorrow because of the road closure.
“We’re going to lose a day’s trading,” Ms Davis said.
“Saturdays are our busiest day.”
Sales parked: The Commercial Hotel is losing business due to the partial closure of its car park. Photo: William Kulich.
The Commercial Hotel had over half of its car park, which abuts the largest building in the factory, closed as a precaution.
Owner Daniel Murnane said business dropped immediately after the car park was closed.
“Our numbers have already halved,” Mr Murnane said.
“From the time [the car park was closed] our bottle shop alone has dropped income by nearly half.
“Tonight’s quiet. Who knows, could be cold weather but I wouldn’t think so, people think we’re probably closed.”
The only other business affected by the closure is Retravision.
VIDEO: Wind damage at Petersville Milk Factory
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Optus apologises for service outages; blames damaging winds
Warragul area hit hardest by damaging winds in Gippsland; more to come
More on the Petersville Milk Factory:
Warragul: A town cut in two
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