What remains of the Kandanga Hotel after fire ravaged the historic building at the weekend.
What remains of the Kandanga Hotel after fire ravaged the historic building at the weekend. MPS75

Cold beers still being poured in Kandanga

KANDANGA pub owner Carolyn Greensill's son-in-law Greg Rendell drove from Tin Can Bay on Sunday to help with the clean-up.
"We did an assessment to get water to the site and check the drains," he said.
The hot water unit was salvaged from the ruins and with a donated sink, Mr Rendell hoped to have the shed pub fitted with a fully functional sink by last night.
"We had at least 20 blokes here yesterday (Sunday) from SES and different tradies," he said.
"We had blokes putting down the gravel and building the rock wall and putting the tarps up."
It also took less than a day to erect two sturdy bars inside the shed.
Garry Steward and John Mulcahy are retired posties from the Sunshine Coast and were riding through Kandanga yesterday when they stopped into the makeshift bar for a drink.
"I was only here on Thursday last week," one said.
"It's changed a bit since then. But the beer's still cold."
Janita Smoothey is one of the kitchen staff and used to clean the accommodation rooms at the pub and said its destruction was a big loss to the community.
"We'll get through," she said.
Charles Kilpatrick is another local who popped into the pub on Monday for a quick soft drink and said he was happy to see it up and running.
"It's great,' he said.
Karen McRae helps with the book-keeping but on Monday she was helping out as bar maid. She said the actions of neighbour Suzie Wright early Saturday morning probably saved the Greensills' lives.
"She knew exactly where they were and where they were sleeping," she said.
Suzie is very humble about what she did.
"It was Jan really (another neighbour)," she said.
"She woke me up and then went around waking other neighbours. She wouldn't give up."