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Two popular beaches in Airlie Beach will be rejuvenated with new sand over the next fortnight, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
When Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsundays in March, some sandy beaches were eaten away by the strong winds and high tides.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Category D beach replenishment funding was received just in time to fix up the beaches before summer.
“We are getting back to business, and this beach replenishment funding will help restore our beaches for all of our Airlie Beach locals and visitors,” he said.
The new sand to replenish the beaches will be taken from the Don River, in the north of in the region.
Work began yesterday to renourish Shingley Beach with 1100 cubic metres of sand, and is expected to be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.
Council will then move on to the main Airlie Beach near the foreshore where 1250 cubic metres will replenished next week.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the QRA Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk Government had been working closely with council to get work underway as quickly as possible.
“Cyclone Debbie caused enormous damage in the Whitsunday region and I’m delighted we are able to get this work underway and restore the beaches before the full impact of summer,” Ms Trad said.
“We will continue to work closely with council to support the Whitsunday community as the recovery continues.”
Federal Member for Dawson, Mr George Christensen, said the Federal Government recognises that these popular beaches are a key tourism attraction for North Queensland and in particular for local communities.
“I am pleased that the Federal Government is supporting our local economy and contributing funding under the NDRRA for this important environmental project,” Mr Christensen said.
“We will continue to work closely with the Queensland and local governments to continue supporting recovery efforts following this natural disaster,” he said.
To find out more about all of the Disaster Recovery projects currently underway in the region, visit our website here - http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/569/Disaster-Recovery-Projects
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