Cy­clone shel­ter work to start in Fe­bru­ary

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

QUEENS­LAND com­pany North­build Con­struc­tion has been awarded the con­tract for the $5.5 mil­lion Port Dou­glas cy­clone shel­ter and aims to start by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

North­build, which has five of­fices from its head of­fice in Bris­bane to Cairns, will be call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est later this month for lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers.

Project Di­rec­tor Mark Hamill said they are in the early stages and plan to com­plete the shel­ter by the end of Oc­to­ber.

“Our in­ten­tion is to wait un­til the end the cur­rent cy­clone sea­son be­fore start­ing on site, there’s no point com­ing up and get­ting rained off in the first four weeks, that’s why we’re look­ing at the end of Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

“The de­layed start al­lows us more time to en­gage the lo­cal mar­ket, it’s ben­e­fi­cial to utilise lo­cal re­sources on any con­struc­tion project and cer­tainly on re­gional projects.

“The lo­cal re­sources typ­i­cally have been there for some time and have the ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity to make things hap­pen and we are very ex­cited to be start­ing the New Year with such a sig­nif­i­cant project in such a fan­tas­tic part of our state.”

The shel­ter will ac­com­mo­date 780 peo­ple to ser­vice all of Port Dou­glas, Moss­man, Oak Beach, Cooya Beach, Newell Beach, Wonga Beach, Lower Dain­tree and Cape Tribu­la­tion.

“The Queens­land Govern­ment has been work­ing closely with us over the last two months and in­vested sig­nif­i­cant time and money in the de­sign of the shel­ters so they are fit for the pur­pose and also value for money,” Mr Hamill said.

“The con­cept is to not only pro­vide a place to pro­tect the com­mu­ni­ties in cy­clonic re­gions but also pro­vide multi func­tion build­ings that can be en­joyed all year round.

“Each of the shel­ters will be the same in struc­ture and will vary only in ex­ter­nal works, land­scap­ing and ac­cess re­quire­ments.

“The de­sign was stan­dard­ised to en­sure they all met the cri­te­ria but also pre­vent the need for un­nec­es­sary ex­pen­di­ture.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ex­press your in­ter­est in sub­con­tract­ing on the cy­clone shel­ter project, email all in­quiries to cairns@north­

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