On the move: Animal Welfare League op-shop manager Tania Rankine and Mary Hay are pleased to open the doors of the new premises.
On the move: Animal Welfare League op-shop manager Tania Rankine and Mary Hay are pleased to open the doors of the new premises. CRYSTAL SPENCER

Animal welfare op-shop re-opens

IT took 1001 trips to move everything, but the new Currumbin Animal Welfare League op-shop has finally opened its doors.

After being the target of thieves and vandals, the league was forced to relocate two blocks down the street on Currumbin Creek Road last month, when the previous owner did not renew the lease.

Currumbin AWL manager Tania Rankine said although the circumstances of the move were not ideal, their new home was starting to feel like just that.

“It’s been a bit hectic, a lot of people thought we just closed down,” Ms Rankine said.

“Some didn’t know where we moved, so the first week has been a bit slow. But hopefully it will pick up a bit.”

With staff working overtime to move all the stock and furniture, Ms Rankine said the best thing was having air-conditioning and carpet.

“We have never had air-conditioning before, but now that summer is over it’s not much use,” she said.

“We had a few dramas with the internal stairs and moving the furniture up; we kept knocking all the fixtures.

“But the shop is looking good now.”

AWL public relations manager Gabrielle Wheaton said after the Labrador warehouse fire last month, it was good to see the shop finally back up and running. Miss Wheaton also announced the address of its first new temporary storage facility on Currumbin Creek Road, the same street as the op-shop.

Miss Wheaton said the community’s response regarding donations of goods, food, bedding and financial assistance had been forthcoming.

“So far about $80,000 has been raised for the Fire Recovery Appeal,” Miss Wheaton said.

Donations can be left at the Currumbin op-shop, Gold Coast City Council library or council’s administration centres.



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