After reading your newspaper article about ‘Pop Up’ summer businesses in our area, I feel I need to enlighten you about what has been really going on in the business district of Inverloch.
Your story featured a photo of the ‘We Love Your Soul’ smoothie and juice bar caravan in the front yard of Offshore Surf School.
Since Boxing Day these businesses have endured harassment and bullying from certain business owners of Inverloch.
They have vandalized and intimidated the shiny new ‘kids on the block’.
During the night vandals have been placing quantities of prawn heads along the fence line obscuring them in the bushes, a concoction of dog poo, fish, prawns was thrown across the Surf Schools decking and promotional material has been stolen.
Bogus claims has been reported to the Health Department and the Local Laws Department at the Shire, which have proven to have no merit.
These incidences have been reported to the police. These disgraceful acts have left the small business owners, teenage staff and patrons feeling vulnerable and threatened.
Food truck businesses are the new norm, highly visible when visiting towns like Torquay, Byron Bay and Meeniyan….get with the times Inverloch!
This year, two new surf hire/schools businesses were given permits to open up in Inverloch. Offshore Surf School has been in business for nearly eighteen years in Inverloch.
Any smart business owner knows that in order to survive the competition they need to implement improvements, be innovative, and adapt.
In previous years, Inverloch has seen a massage tent ‘Pop Up’ business, a ‘Danish waffle’ food truck, and many Yoga businesses set up in town over the summer period.
But a long standing local small business that promotes healthy living, exercise and well-being is the subject of harassment. This is underhanded sabotage and bullying at its worst.
Footnote: ‘We love your Soul’ sells RAW food and NO coffee
Trish Hogan, Harmers Haven.