Port cyclone shelter in 2012
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.