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26 September 2011

Goodna News is back

BACK by popular demand, a much-needed newsagency at Goodna will finally resume its normal services today, eight months after the floods hit.

Chris and Joy Lees are opening the Goodna Newsagency in St Ives shopping centre.

BACK by popular demand, a much-needed newsagency at Goodna will finally resume its normal services today, eight months after the floods hit.

When the previous owners of the St Ives Shopping Centre newsagency were unable to reopen the store after the floods, Chris and Joy Lees stepped in to fill the void.

The couple, whose son Paul owns a newsagency at Gailes, will have the Goodna shop back in business bright and early at 6am today after months of rebuilding, retraining and preparation.

"We decided to put the service back where it was most needed," Mr Lees said.

"People were phoning us asking us to open the newsagent. Local businesses were screaming, actually. Some were saying they were down 30%-plus due to the lack of a newsagency."

Although the decision was made in April, Mr and Mrs Lees had a significant amount of work to do to realise their dream.

"There were many, many challenges," Mr Lees said.

A former avionics technician, Mr Lees worked on the F-111s at Amberley for 14 years up to December last year, when he was made redundant.

He said he had picked up a fair bit of knowledge of the newsagent business working part-time alongside his son at Gailes over the past two years.

The Lees family is now looking forward to a new challenge.

"I have absolutely no fears at all," Mr Lees said.

"We've got good flood insurance as well and we've got a plan to get all the fittings out quickly if there is ever another flood."

The new shop is located in the same position as the old newsagency, except occupying less space.

It will be open seven days a week.

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