Disaster Recovery Projects

In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, numerous Council facilities and assets are in need of repairs or improvements to continue providing a great service for our community. 

Funding received from a range of sources including Council, insurance providers and jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) under the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, will generate a wide range of infrastructure projects to rebuild the Whitsunday region. 

Some major works are already underway and completed to get popular facilities back open to the public, such as the Airlie Beach Lagoon Refurbishment. Other projects are currently being planned and waiting on funding approval before going to tender. 

This page will be regularly updated with new information, so make sure you keep checking back here to find out the latest on the following projects.

Airlie Beach Lagoon Refurbishment 

Whitsunday Regional Council has reopened the Airlie Beach Lagoon, after Cyclone Debbie caused major damage to the Lagoon and precinct in March. The project was completed on schedule by the end of August, reopening at noon on Thursday 31 August 2017.
The Lagoon has been refurbished and improved, with a new pebblecrete pool surface, major landscaping and drainage upgrades, including new park facilities and garden beds. 
Splash Pools Constructions completed the pool resurfacing works on behalf of Council, and the landscaping works were completed by Council’s Parks & Gardens team. 

Some minor works around the Lagoon precinct will continue over the next few months, with new shade sails recently installed under Works for Queensland funding, and some park structures to be completed soon under insurance. During this time the main pool will remain open.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Proserpine Swimming Pool
The pool was restored and reopened to the public during the September school holidays. The new Grandstand is currently being reassembled on-site (under Works for Queensland funding), and is expected to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. 

Collinsville Swimming Pool 
The pool was repaired and reopened to the public during the September school holidays. 

Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach sand replenishment
Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach have been replenished with new sand, after Category D funding was granted jointly by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Shute Harbour - Community Consultation
Consultation recently occurred for the long-term future of Shute Harbour. Residents are asked to consider how they want to see the facility used in the future, to ensure the upcoming restoration works will be designed to consider future development. Find out more about the consultation process here

 Whitsunday PCYC
Works have started to repair cyclone damage to the buildings. Due to major roof repairs required, the works are expected to take approximately 6 months, weather permitting.

Bowen PCYC
Works have started to repair cyclone damage to the buildings. The repair works are expected to take approximately 6 months, weather permitting.

Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Works have begun to repair cyclone damage to the PEC. The repairs are expected to take approximately 3 months, weather permitting.

360 on Flagstaff Hill
Works have begun to repair extensive damage caused by the cyclone. The works are expected to take approximately 3  months, weather permitting.

Whitsunday Coast Airport
Works have begun to repair cyclone damage to the terminal building, and are expected to be completed within 3 months, weather permitting.
Upcoming Projects

Please note, the below projects are in no particular order.
Location What will be happening?
Andromache Bridge Replace existing timer bridge with new concrete bridge.
Inverdon Bridge Repair or replace existing bridge. Subject to approval.
Bowen Council Administration Repair cyclone damage. Insurance claim has been prepared.
Shute Harbour Repair cyclone damage to marine and land-based infrastructure. Subject to development of a detailed design for the Restoration Project. Find out more here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we rebuild and restore our Whitsunday region. Council would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by these works.

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries about these works, contact Customer Service on (07) 4945 0200 or email us at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au


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    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    52 Main Street, Proserpine
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