Shel­ter re­claim aim

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE ten­der is out for the Port Dou­glas cy­clone shel­ter but de­bates are still rag­ing over the lo­ca­tion and size and also the fact an eleventh cy­clone shel­ter has been an­nounced.

Lo­cal busi­ness­men Rus­sell Jean and Steve Hull have been con­sult­ing with Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’brien, LNP can­di­date David Kemp­ton, peo­ple in the build­ing in­dus­try and any­one who will lis­ten to con­vince the State Govern­ment to re­turn the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process to the com­mu­nity “and get more bang for our buck”.

But so far their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

“This is for the com­mu­nity, we can see a need in the com­mu­nity and we re­ally need a fair dinkum sit down - give us our com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion,” Mr Jean said.

The State Govern­ment has ear­marked $6 mil­lion for the Port Dou­glas cy­clone shel­ter out of $60 mil­lion al­lo­cated to build 10 cy­clone shel­ters through­out the state - although it is be­lieved up to $11.5 mil­lion will be spent on the Weipa fa­cil­ity.

The United Arab Emi­rates do­nated $30 mil­lion to the fund af­ter dev­as­tat­ing floods and cy­clones ear­lier this year.

Mr O’brien was in Hope­vale re­cently to hand over the deeds to the tra­di­tional own­ers and pledged $4.5 mil­lion to build a multi-pur­pose cy­clone shel­ter but said the fund­ing is not com­ing out of the United Arab Emi­rates fund.

“The Hope­vale cy­clone shel­ter is $4.5 mil­lion from the state, $700,000 from fed­eral fund­ing and $500,000 from the lo­cal au­thor­ity,” he said.

“It’s more ex­pen­sive to build in Weipa than in Port Dou­glas, that’s the na­ture of build­ing in very re­mote ar­eas - but they’re go­ing to get the same thing, it’s all es­sen­tially the same de­sign.”

Mr Jean and Mr Hull had the cy­clone shel­ter plans an­a­lysed and costed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Gary Hunt, who be­lieved the Port Dou­glas de­sign is based upon a sports hall and does not have “sup­ple­men­tary spa­ces ca­pa­ble of al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties or uses apart from the sports lab”.

Based on the de­signs, he es­ti­mated the cost of the Port Dou­glas shel­ter to be $3-3.5 mil­lion for the build­ing exclusive of ex­ter­nal works, ser­vice con­nec­tions and con­sul­tants’ fees.

Mr Jean and Mr Hull want the $6 mil­lion set aside to be bet­ter utilised to in­crease the ca­pac­ity and use of the shel­ter and have it built on a larger coun­cil-owned site on Old Port Rd.

Mr O’brien be­lieves the Port Dou­glas shel­ter - which will fit 500 peo­ple - is big enough.

“This is a great project for Port Dou­glas, largest cap­i­tal works project to be built in Port Dou­glas and ul­ti­mately it’s go­ing to be a great re­source for the com­mu­nity and a great story for Port Dou­glas,” he said.

LNP can­di­date for Cook David Kemp­ton would not com­mit to re­vers­ing the ten­der and hand­ing the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process back to the com­mu­nity if he is elected at next year’s elec­tion and the LNP wins of­fice but said he sup­ported the con­cept and would look at it if he does win of­fice.

Con­tentious: an artist’s

im­pres­sion of the Port Dou­glas cy­clone shel­ter

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