New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires

Alex Rea7 January 2020
Les and Shawn Gehrig

Les and Shawn Gehrig at The Parlour. Photos: Alex Rea.

Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel.

Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having purchased The Parlour at Moruya. He opened for business on Boxing Day.

Throughout the chaos of last week, Shawn has kept the business open from early to late, using generators to keep the stock cold.

With the help of his parents Les and Lorraine Gehrig, they have been one of the few eateries to keep trading with meals, hot and cold food, as well as ice creams.

Shawn Gehrig and his Mum Lorraine

Shawn Gehrig and his Mum Lorraine at the Ice Cream Parlour.

Situated just beside the Moruya Bridge they have been at the forefront of the evacuations throughout town and road closures.

With the water-bombing aircraft roaring in low over the bridge and refilling in the river, the family say they will stay at the shop and be available for any firies who need a feed.

The Parlour

A sense of humour remains for the predicted baby boom. The centre of town is filled with caravans and campers and goodwill is evident between the residents. While the town was in black out earlier last week and services could well be cut, Shawn has kept his sense of humour with a sign welcoming September baby shower, nine months hence.

What's Your Opinion?

21 Responses to New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires

Kathy Eyles Kathy Eyles 5:48 am 09 Jan 20

Looks like we are back on the ice cream Sue Sutton

Neale Oxley Neale Oxley 11:25 pm 07 Jan 20

Good one.We'll be there. Used to be our favourite place. We support people doing a great job. Better times ahead.

Annette Hermens Annette Hermens 8:29 pm 07 Jan 20


Chris Griffin Chris Griffin 6:15 pm 07 Jan 20

When I’m in Moruya next I’ll visit and buy from your parlour. 👍

Susan Catherine Bailey Susan Catherine Bailey 4:36 pm 07 Jan 20

Looking forward to trying some ice cream in happier times

Shelagh Ingram Shelagh Ingram 3:59 pm 07 Jan 20

Thank you Shawn. We'll get an ice cream when next in town.

Amanda Robyn Amanda Robyn 3:10 pm 07 Jan 20

Alison Bailey. Look here. We can have ice cream. !!! Well done to Shawn and welcome.

Tammy Hedger Tammy Hedger 9:23 am 07 Jan 20

Shane Merton this place!!!

Jo Barron Shah Jo Barron Shah 9:21 am 07 Jan 20

We were stuck with the fires, up from Sydney. Moruya was a ghost town, no electricity or anything, was a welcome sight to at least see the icecreamery open, fired up with generator. Welcome sight just to see others about!!

Cindy Harrison Cindy Harrison 9:07 am 07 Jan 20

Love the September Baby Shower bookings! 😋

Laurel Sorensen Laurel Sorensen 9:00 am 07 Jan 20

Good job the way for you to help 👍

Susanne Page Susanne Page 8:58 am 07 Jan 20

Welcome to the Eurobodalla,loved your chips that turned up at Moruya Evac yesterday!

Heather Jones Heather Jones 8:47 am 07 Jan 20

Well done

Linda Hayward Linda Hayward 8:33 am 07 Jan 20

Thank you ...

Kylie Patterson Kylie Patterson 8:21 am 07 Jan 20

Great job mate!! I think the town will love having you...

Mary Grealy Mary Grealy 8:02 am 07 Jan 20

I’m pretty sure that expedites you to local status!

Nardene Hawkins Nardene Hawkins 7:52 am 07 Jan 20

Good on you for being the only place to open while bush fires raged around us. Hope your loyalty to this community will come back to you.

Bernie Richards Bernie Richards 7:52 am 07 Jan 20

Thanks guys!

Krystle Lollback Krystle Lollback 7:37 am 07 Jan 20

Well done Shawn 💖

Erna Gaynor Erna Gaynor 7:31 am 07 Jan 20

Love your sign 😝