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70 jobless after Evan

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, February 21, 2013

SEVENTY hotel workers are without jobs following the closure last month of a popular island resort in the Mamanuca group.

Treasure Island Resort general manager Scott Walton confirmed the 70 workers had to be laid off because of costs incurred after Tropical Cyclone Evan.

"The resort suffered quite a bit of damage last December during Tropical Cyclone Evan," he said.

"We're an island resort and like many others in the Mamanuca were left exposed to strong winds that came with the cyclone.

"As a result, most of our facilities suffered a lot of damage.

"We have laid off about 70 of our staff due to the closure and right now we are still trying to repair the damage.

"Unfortunately, most of these staff were made redundant. We had to let them go."

Mr Walton said 70 other workers would remain with the resort.

"The staff members that are still with us are basically involved in the general cleaning of the resort.

"There are small projects they are currently engaged in to ensure the resort is back to its former look but right now we are closed and no guests have been staying with us."

Mr Walton said contractors tasked with repairing damaged facilities have been working round-the-clock.

"What we are focusing on right now is facilities like our chapel, some of our bure and accommodation sites.

"We had hoped to open after our major clean-up efforts after the cyclone but upon closer inspection, we found that some of the foundation was a little shaky, so that is something we are looking at."

Mr Walton said they hoped to reopen before December 1.