Gail Steele is waiting for the Fitzroy St roadworks to finish up so business can get back to normal.
Gail Steele is waiting for the Fitzroy St roadworks to finish up so business can get back to normal. Georja Ryan

Dough down thanks to work

GAIL Steele appreciates council needs to carry out roadworks on Fitzroy St but it doesn't bode well when it comes to Steele's Bakery's dough.

"I know for a fact that my daily business is down 65% since these roadworks started, so yes it's definitely affected us," Mrs Steele said.

Loyal customers didn't let the heavy machinery deter them from their regular purchases, with many walking the distance.

"Some customers are even parking up at Aldi or at East School and walking down," Mrs Steele said.

"A lot of people have been quite annoyed that they can't get down here."

Mrs Steel said it was parking issues that let customers down.

"You'd be flat-out having 5% of the parking spaces available."

She said it was hard to determine how many customers would walk through her obstructed shop front, and preparing stock each day was a "guessing game".

Once she noticed the lack of customers, Mrs Steele reached out to the local radio station to let people know the bakery was still open for business.

"I even got on Rainbow FM and said we are still open," Mrs Steele said.

"It brought back memories of what it was like last year after the floods."

Despite the dent in her business' intake, Mrs Steele said the council workers had all been extremely helpful and courteous despite slogging it out in the heat the past few days.

"They were all very nice and let us know what they were doing before they did anything."

A council spokeswoman said council had taken all necessary steps to alleviate traffic issues through Fitzroy St.

"At this stage the main pavement works and initial prime are completed, with minor kerb works being finalised between now and Friday, weather permitting," a council spokeswoman said.

But, they will be back in a couple of weeks.

"As planned, crews will return in around two weeks to apply the final seal, which will take only a few hours," she said.


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