All en­try points to is­land ‘de­stroyed’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE road to re­cov­ery for South Molle Is­land has been “se­verely ham­pered.”

A bird’s-eye view of the is­land (pic­tured) paints a pic­ture of Cy­clone Deb­bie’s wrath at the iconic des­ti­na­tion.

The af­ter­math re­veals wide­spread veg­e­ta­tion dam­age among a range of other is­sues to be re­solved ahead of a clean-up.

A spokesper­son for the China Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment Group, which bought the is­land for $24 mil­lion in Au­gust last year, said only time would tell the full ex­tent of the dam­age sus­tained.

“At this stage we are still as­sess­ing the dam­age at South Molle,” the spokesper­son said.

“This process has been se­verely ham­pered by the lack of ac­cess, with all en­try points to the is­land de­stroyed.

“We will be pro­vid­ing an up­date once we have de­vel­oped a plan for the clean-up.”

While no time­line for fu­ture tourism op­er­a­tion has been re­vealed, a spokesper­son for the com­pany re­cently said they were con­sid­er­ing “var­i­ous op­tions” for re­de­vel­op­ment.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AF­TER­MATH: A bird’s eye view of South Molle Is­land fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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