Port cy­clone shel­ter in 2012

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

PORT Dou­glas’ pro­posed $6 mil­lion cy­clone shel­ter should be in op­er­a­tion by Novem­ber next year and will be­come an in­door sports fa­cil­ity and com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Stake­hold­ers from the emer­gency ser­vices, the lo­cal disas­ter man­age­ment group, Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and Port Dou­glas State School where the shel­ter will be built, met yes­ter­day with de­sign­ers Pro­ject Ser­vices to dis­cuss the de­vel­op­ment plans in de­tail.

Divi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said ev­ery­one had a good op­por­tu­nity to talk about the dif­fer­ent as­pects of the de­sign and raise any con­cerns about the pro­posal and cy­clone prepa­ra­tions.

“Dur­ing Cy­clone Yasi the coun­cil has to es­tab­lish a cy­clone shel­ter in the Moss­man in­door sports cen­tre and we have since learnt from that ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

The draft de­signs have been based on a sports cen­tre on the Gold Coast, but changes have been made to best utilise the space for the Dou­glas re­gion.

“The de­sign of this fa­cil­ity bet­ter re­flects our ex­pe­ri­ences and takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the needs and re­quire­ments of the emer­gency ser­vices,” Cr Leu said.

All mem­bers of the meet­ing agreed on wooden floors over syn­thetic in case the shel­ter is used for com­mu­nity dances and ac­ro­bat­ics, which re­quire wooden floor­boards.

“The kitchen area needs to be ex­panded so sport­ing groups can utilise the kitchen to sell food and raise money and for com­mu­nity us­age, in­clud­ing an ex­tra serv­ing area,” Cr Leu said.

The main area in the cy­clone shel­ter will also have an area which can be iso­lated in the case of an in­fec­tious disease out­break like gas­tro.

There will be a reg­is­tra­tion area and also PA sys­tems, tele­vi­sions and mon­i­tors to keep ev­ery­one up to date with what is hap­pen­ing.

How­ever, when there is no cy­clone, the shel­ter will be used as a sport­ing fa­cil­ity for the school and com­mu­nity.

“While it is a school fa­cil­ity it is about com­mu­nity us­age and will be run by vol­un­teers,” Ju­lia Lieu said.

The coun­cil is try­ing to make the most of the new in­door fa­cil­ity, which will have mark­ings on the floor for sports in­clud­ing net­ball, vol­ley­ball, and bas­ket­ball and a sports stor­age area.

“It will be a great in­door sports fa­cil­ity, un­til it is re­quired to be­come a cy­clone shel­ter in the event of a cy­clone,” Cr Leu said.

Pro­ject Ser­vices will sub­mit the fi­nal de­sign plans for ten­der by Novem­ber, with a plan to have the con­tract awarded be­fore Christ­mas and a 30-week con­struc­tion to be com­pleted by Novem­ber 2012.

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