Emergency services show school site support
LOCAL emergency services support plans for the proposed cyclone shelter at the Port Douglas State School after negotiating with the Department of Education to shelter their vehicles in the event of a natural disaster.
Initial concerns raised by the emergency services in the recent community consultation phase included the lack of parking available and access to the facility.
Port Douglas ambulance Officer-in-Charge Craig Downing said after discussions with the department, he is satisfied with the outcome.
“The Department of Education walked with the fire and ambulance services and they are quite prepared to make structural changes to the entrance way of another building which could easily fit two fire trucks, two ambulances and police cars in there,” he said.
“Also, we were allocated a room in the current shelter design for a consultation room to be able to talk to people in private and assist them and treat them.”
For the rest of the community, there will be parking for 25 vehicles provided next to the shelter, 55 at adjacent churches and 200 on-street car parks nearby, according to Cook MP Jason O’Brien.
“Car parking areas are available at the school, neighbouring churches and in the adjoining streets,” he said.
Other community concerns raised relate the size of the shelter, but the designs will not be modified anytime soon and once built, the infrastructure cannot be extended.
“The Port Douglas cyclone shelter will be a free-standing building with no ability to extend on to this particular facility,” Mr O’Brien said.
“If a further need was established in the Port Douglas region for another cyclone shelter, an additional shelter site would need to be investigated at that time.”