New home to with­stand cy­clonic con­di­tions

Townsville Bulletin - - News - John An­der­sen

WHEN Rob and Toni Trask build their new home at Hull Heads near Tully, it will re­sem­ble a pier.

Their home at the mouth of the Hull River was se­verely dam­aged in Cy­clone Yasi and has been writ­ten off by in­surance as­ses­sors. The sea washed into the un­der storey of the home and even the top floor was left awash with sand and sea wa­ter. They were in New Zealand when the cy­clone formed and be­gan track­ing it on the in­ter­net. They knew Hull Heads, just north of Tully Heads, was go­ing to take a se­ri­ous whack. They headed for home and ar­rived back on Fe­bru­ary 4.

They own two houses on the beach­front at Hull Heads and both have been writ­ten off.

The new house, to re­place the one in which they live, will be built 2m off the ground.

‘‘ It’s go­ing to be built out of the big­gest con­crete blocks we can find,’’ Mr Trask said.

‘‘ We’re us­ing a Gold Coast ar­chi­tect we know and the con­cept we have in mind is to de­sign a house where the liv­ing ar­eas are pro­tected and where non-liv­ing ar­eas are sac­ri­ficed in the event of a cy­clone and ac­com­pa­ny­ing surge. The garage area and the un­der­neath will be sac­ri­ficed so that the wa­ter can just pass through un­der­neath.

‘‘ The house it­self will stand on heavy foun­da­tions, like you’d see on a pier. It will be se­ri­ously overe ngi neer e d i n t e r ms o f t he foun­da­tions.’’

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