Casino?s pub with no cheer
By JANE GARDNER
BRIAN CONDRAN wishes last Saturday's storm had waited until after the Christmas presents had been unwrapped before deciding to blow the roof off his pub.
The owner of the Oxford Hotel in Casino is facing a long wait before he can get repairs under way, because of the holidays.
"We want to get the roof back on as soon as possible, but it might be a problem because everyone is away," he said.
Fortunately, Mr Condran has found a team of builders willing to sacrifice their holiday time to lend a hand.
But having the materials fabricated may prove a hassle.
"The blokes from Wade and Wotherspoon have organised a work crew over Christmas and New Year," he said.
"But it might not be until February until we can get the steel made up.
"Everyone has been so great and I'm very thankful to the SES who have tarped up the roof in case we get more storms," he said.
Customers who were at the hotel on Saturday night also lent a hand with the clean-up by bringing around their utes and trucks to clear out the mess.
"I wish it had never happened, but the help I've had from everyone has been really good," Mr Condran said.
Despite having no roof the pub is still open, and patrons have been swapping storm stories over a nice cold beer.
They will continue to trade until building repairs start in around a week.
Assessors will be in today to assess the full extent of the damage.
"I just hope the insurance comes through because then I can get on with it, otherwise I'm stuffed," Mr Condran said.