The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 11 The previous owner used to jack up equipment but this flood was a monster and that wouldn’t have helped. I asked whether the Smiths have plans for any such measures and they said certainly they would try and raise customers goods higher, but they don’t expect a flood like that again for a long time. Does your plant have a “Bushfire” or “Flood Procedure” check list? There has been a recent amusing addendum to theirs! (1. PANIC!) PERFIX CUSTOMERS With a population of 45,000 Lismore is the seat of the Northern Rivers District, and although it has a thriving city centre is quite “alterna- tive” (a bit over an hour from Nimbin, say no more). Green-centric businesses do well, and things like plastic feature in the consciousness of the locals, prompting thoughts of recycling. Perfix encourage cus- tomers to return plastic and coathangers. We discussed the Plastic Police initiative which Pride Drycleaners in Islington have connected with, whereby plastic is collected and turned into benches, tubs and other useful items for the community. http://crossconnections.com.au/ plastic-police-partnerships/ Likewise, the local government reflects the desire to tread lightly on the land as this article reports. https://www.northernstar.com.au /news/amazing-lismore-a-stand- out-in-tackling-climate- ch/3199287/ As we stood talking, a customer parked on the drive-through and Jessie returned with three large plastic orange garbage bags of wash and dry. (This was Friday of the June Long Weekend, not flood related work.) The clean garments are returned in clean plastic bags. Perhaps a side benefit of the flood has been to show locals how easy it is to get their garments cleaned. Jessie said the bag wash and dry business has increased over the past few months but they were busy due to all the wet weather the region was having over May and June. It will be interesting to see if it converts to more regular business as people realise how easy it is to get the weekly wash done. Lismore used to boast 4 drycleaning businesses, today only Perfix remains, and business is sustainable and healthy. This young couple work very hard to stay relevant in their community, and have expanded their range of services, including a Shirt Service that also captures the younger This was the first flood to breach the Lismore CBD flood levee (completed in March 2005) and the highest flood peak since the record floods of March 1974. Locals kept their sense of humour. Carl Smith and Jeht Burgoyne share a lighter moment. Jeht Burgoyne loves sewing, and has been at it since she was 10 years old!
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