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Sea Hair and Beauty owner to fork out more than $15,000 for repairs after car ploughs into Little Pink Shop at Ormiston

AN Ormiston salon owner has been hit with an expensive damage bill after a car ploughed into the Little Pink Shop in the early hours of Saturday morning.

DAMAGED PROPERTY: A car hit the Little Pink Shop on Saturday morning. Photo: supplied

DAMAGED PROPERTY: A car hit the Little Pink Shop on Saturday morning. Photo: supplied

Sea Hair and Beauty owner Amanda Duignan said the business, which is celebrating its 19th anniversary, would be unable to trade until the shop was repaired.

A Queensland Police spokesman said a vehicle lost control, mounted the curb and took out the building's awning before fleeing the scene about 1.30am.

It has left the salon owner needing to fork out more than $15,000 for repairs during what would normally be a busy time of year.

"To try and keep the awning in line with the heritage look, it costs extra," Ms Duignan said.

"The tiles that have been there forever, they are going to have to be ripped up because they are broken.

"Through the different facelifts and different people that have owned the business over the years, that is one thing that has always remained exactly the same.

EXPENSIVE REPAIRS: A car caused extensive damage at Ormiston's Little Pink Shop. Photo: supplied

EXPENSIVE REPAIRS: A car caused extensive damage at Ormiston's Little Pink Shop. Photo: supplied

"There has been outpouring of support, people saying that it is a such an icon and so tragic that it has happened."

Ms Duignan, who lives nearby the salon, said she was awake when the car hit the building and believed the incident could have been far worse.

"We are thankful that it wasn't during the day," she said. "Luckily for us the shop is OK. There are just a few cracks and things inside.

"But the awning and all the stuff that was out the front were totally cleaned up.

SALON: The Little Pink Shop stood tall before being damaged in a crash which took out the building's awning. Photo: supplied

SALON: The Little Pink Shop stood tall before being damaged in a crash which took out the building's awning. Photo: supplied

"It is the first time this has ever happened but the hooning is getting worse and worse."

Police are now appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to come forward.

Ms Duignan said she felt frustrated because lots of work had been put into keeping the building in good condition, including its original features.

"We have just had three weeks holiday, so it happened during our first week back," she said. "As you can appreciate, we were pretty busy.

"It was always going to be a matter of time before it happened.

"At times we have called the police [about hooning] but obviously they have bigger jobs to do.

"Every now and again they will put a speed camera in or something like that, but it happens at the wrong times. It needs to be late at night, after 7pm or 8pm."

Several locals have complained about hooning in the Redlands, including at places like Wellington Point, Redland Bay and Mount Cotton.

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