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Paralympian breaks down on-air after having to shut his chocolate shop

A blind chocolatier has closed his store in Brisbane’s CBD, saying the Cross River Rail has already devastated his business.

Gerrard Gosens represented Australia at three Paralympic Games and was a Young Australian of the Year finalist before opening his store Chocolate Moments.

His business has taken a $100,000 hit in earnings this year due to dwindling foot traffic, as businesses were shuttered.

And he believes, as construction begins, his chocolate will be destroyed altogether.

Gerrard broke down in tears as he told Alan Jones about losing everything he’s worked for over the last decade.

“I closed my store on Sunday. That’s it, I’m done and dusted.

“It’s taken 10 years to get here.

“I’m not asking for anything much. Just the help. That’s it.

“I lost my house and I lose my business.”

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has met with Mr Gosens several times and offered just $1000 to help with relocation costs.

He says that wouldn’t begin to fix his issues.

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Image: Nine newspapers/Felicity Caldwell