End of an era for Proserpine Plumbing Works

23rd November 2017 4:35 PM
SAD REALITY: Owner of Proserpine Plumbing Works, Mike Porter, is getting ready to rebuild after the art deco building was condemned. SAD REALITY: Owner of Proserpine Plumbing Works, Mike Porter, is getting ready to rebuild after the art deco building was condemned. Peter Carruthers

BEFORE the touch down of Cyclone Debbie, lifelong Proserpine resident Mike Porter expected a touch up.

He didn't make it through Cyclone Ului or Yasi unscathed either, but he had a feeling Debbie was going to pack a punch.

He was right.

But the owner of the Proserpine Plumbing Works store in Champan St still didn't expect to have his recently re-roofed shop flattened by the storm.

The building was condemned after it was deemed unsafe and last Monday the bulldozers moved on the once (locally) heritage-listed art deco-style building.

Mr Porter started work at the building as an apprentice plumber in 1944 and later bought the business from George Stone in 1964.

Owner of the Proserpine Plumbing shop, Mike Porter.
Owner of the Proserpine Plumbing shop, Mike Porter. Peter Carruthers

Mr Porter said the roof of the building was lifted by the storm and ended up across the street on top of the Metropol Hotel's bottle shop.

He was sad to see what was an old theatre in such a state after the cyclone.

The building was insured and unlike many facing struggles with insurance companies, Mr Porter said his provider was going to finance the rebuild.

"(The dealings) have been as good as can be expected. Not good, but we got over it okay,” he said.

When the Whitsunday Coast Guardian caught up with Mr Porter he was measuring up the new floor of the soon-to-be-rebuilt Prosperine Plumbing Works building.