Council admits shelter necessary
CAIRNS Regional Council decided last week that a disaster evacuation centre in Port Douglas might be a good idea after all.
During February’s alert for Cyclone Yasi, residents of Port Douglas were evacuated to Mossman and further afield.
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu sponsored the resolution “that council investigate an appropriate evacuation centre for Port Douglas”.
“I know we need to identify an appropriate evacuation centre in Port Douglas,” Cr Leu said.
“Do we have any suitable council properties? If not, we need to partner with state agencies to identify a suitable community evacuation centre.
“If we’re ever in that situation again, we need to have something identified.”
Although state MP Jason O’Brien has nominated the Port Douglas State School as the most likely location of a Port Douglas evacuation centre, the Queensland Department of Education and Training said the new federally-funded facilities were not designed as cyclone shelters.
“(All schools in the Douglas region) received libraries and some also received covered outdoor areas, and therefore their main purpose is not considered to be appropriate for use as a shelter,” the department said.