No fairy­tale end­ing for th­ese mer­maids

Iconic Day­dream Is­land mer­maids back in the sea

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

TWO of Day­dream Is­land’s iconic mer­maids have been washed into the sea as Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie ham­mered the Whit­sun­day Is­lands un­leash­ing cat­a­stroph­i­cally strong winds and heavy rain through­out the day.

“Day­dream Is­land Re­sort and Spa has along with sur­round­ing ar­eas borne the brunt of Cy­clone Deb­bie [yes­ter­day],” a state­ment from the get­away des­ti­na­tion read.

“Con­di­tions were ex­treme with heavy rain­fall and strong wind gusts caus­ing dam­age to the re­sort and sur­rounds.

“Whilst con­di­tions are still dan­ger­ous out­side we aren’t able to as­cer­tain the full ex­tent of dam­age, how­ever we can ini­tially ad­vise the fol­low­ing has oc­curred.”

The re­lease then went on to list a num­ber of items which have been dam­aged in­clud­ing the re­sort’s jetty and pon­toons, its spa, the main atrium, ac­com­mo­da­tion wings and a sec­tion of board­walk and two of the three iconic mer­maid stat­ues which have been swept away.

“The re­sort’s pri­or­ity at the mo­ment is the on­go­ing safety of on-is­land guests and staff who will need to be taken off is­land as soon as prac­ti­cal,” the state­ment read.

“Day­dream Is­land is en­deav­our­ing to con­tact all guests ar­riv­ing on Day­dream in the near fu­ture.”

The dam­age comes just two months af­ter a re­fur­bish­ment of the re­sort was an­nounced in Jan­uary.

There is presently no word on whether or not the planned $50 mil­lion makeover will be im­pacted by the dam­ages.

❝Whilst are still con­di­tions dan­ger­ous out­side we aren’t able to as­cer­tain the full ex­tent of dam­age...

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