TOUGH TIMES: Cristal McGrath is upset someone damaged her sign. She has been struggling to get her business back on its feet after Cyclone Marcia.
TOUGH TIMES: Cristal McGrath is upset someone damaged her sign. She has been struggling to get her business back on its feet after Cyclone Marcia. Chris Ison Rokcsign

Vandals target business struggling after Marcia's blow

YEPPOON'S Cristal McGrath says Cyclone Marcia ruined her working life.

But earlier this month she suffered another blow to her income, after, she says, two signs to advertise her business were damaged and vandalised.

"They were definitely keyed or scratched with a sharp object, because they don't look like marks you'd get from a sign falling and hitting something," she said.

"I don't understand why someone would do this. I don't have any enemies to my knowledge. It's a lot of money for to pay for those signs when they're worth about $300 each."

Based out at Rosslyn Bay Harbour upstairs at the Freedom Fast Cats office, the Miri Miri Massage owner said she had to relocate from Yeppoon's James St after Marcia, when the building she was renting became uninhabitable.

"There was water damage, the rewiring had to be done, there was asbestos," she said.

"It's been a year since that happened but I'm still struggling, and this has been the only rent I could afford as a sole trader."

Ms McGrath said she had found it hard to attract a bigger clientele since moving to the harbour.

"People don't know that I'm out here, and council won't let me put a sign up further along the road," she said.

"When I was in the main street, I would get people walking by after having lunch or a coffee. There were a lot more opportunities there. And this area isn't really somewhere that you'd look to get a massage."

Ms McGrath is looking for somewhere more affordable closer to town.