Dan Murphy’s Lismore has reopened its doors during a ceremony that recognised the continued recovery of the community, 13 weeks after the devastating floods of February 28.

The Lismore floods peaked on Monday 28 February 2022 at 14.4 metres, more than two metres above the previously historical maximum.

Speaking at the opening Dan Murphy’s Lismore store manager Ryan Collin said “Today is about acknowledging the resilience of our team and the wider Lismore community.

“15 of our team members were directly impacted by the floods, with eight of them losing everything. The road to recovery remains long, but the team says they’re glad to be back in the store as it means they can have some structure back in their lives and serving the community gives them a sense of purpose.”

The reopened Dan Murphy’s Lismore has undergone a complete renewal after the store area was almost completely submerged in the flood, and now ranges a wide variety of locally made products including drinks from Two Mates Brewing, Brookies Gin, Seven Mile Brewery and Clarence Distillery who offered customers tasing on the opening day.

“We are proud of how the team has rallied together to support each other and rebuild the store,” Dan Murphy’s NSW State Manager Darren Manning said.

“We feel privileged to be able to reopen in Lismore, and we look forward to continuing to serve and support the local community. Our thoughts continue to be with all our customers, team members and communities that have been impacted by the flood crisis.”

Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg attended the reopening ceremony, and said: “The work that has been done here is absolutely amazing, and I don’t know if you fully appreciate yet what today actually means for our town. It’s anchor businesses like Dan Murphy’s that encourage the smaller businesses to keep going.

“So a day like today, so soon after – you know 12 weeks since this place was under water – and to have it back, a state of the art Dan Murphy’s, the best in Australia, is truly a credit to you. On behalf of the Lismore City Council, I thank you for your trust and your investment in the city.”

The flood crisis devastating New South Wales and Queensland this year has been described as one of Australia’s worst-ever natural disasters.

“We are committed to rebuilding Lismore to be bigger and better than it was, and this is one of the very first steps in the recovery of our city,” Mayor Krieg said.

National Engagement Officer Breannae Thompson from not-for-profit donation platform GIVIT also attended the reopening.

“Thanks to generous customers and corporate donations, Dan Murphy’s have contributed more than $150,000 towards flood relief in Northern New South Wales,” Thompson said.

“Many people impacted by this disaster lost all their possessions, including basic but important items like crockery, towels, frypans and brooms. Thanks to Dan Murphy’s and its customers, 25 pods have now been provided in the Wollongbar Temporary Housing Village furnished with essential items that enable residents to clean, cook, and bathe. They can now enjoy their fully equipped new homes and finally begin the recovery process.” 

“GIVIT has already distributed more than 200,000 essential items to people impacted by this disaster. We will be working with these communities for many years on this recovery,” she added.

In total, Dan Murphy’s parent company Endeavour Group and its brands have, together with customers, raised over $530,000 thus far to GIVIT’s Flood Appeal. In addition the Lismore store will continue to partner with the team behind the local Westpac rescue helicopter, who will host barbecues outside the store every Friday.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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