South Molle ‘off lim­its’

Re­sort too dan­ger­ous, ac­cess de­stroyed

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone

THE Whit­sun­day is­lands were hit hard by Cy­clone Deb­bie and South Molle has copped the full brunt, with its fa­cil­i­ties so un­safe that no one is al­lowed to visit the is­land.

South Molle’s owner, the China Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment Group, ad­vised that South Molle Is­land re­mains closed to all vis­i­tors fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“South Molle’s fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture suf­fered se­vere dam­age dur­ing TC Deb­bie and may present sig­nif­i­cant risks to any­one seek­ing to visit the is­land,” an is­land spokesper­son said last week.

“CCIG is con­tin­u­ing to as­sess the dam­age to South Molle but has fo­cused its re­sources on the nearby Day­dream Is­land and has been un­able to com­plete a de­tailed assess­ment.

“The own­ers would like to ad­vise that the re­sort and fa­cil­i­ties on the is­land are private prop­erty and should not be ac­cessed with­out proper author­ity and re­gard to safety.”

South Molle Is­land was sold to CCIG last year by lo­cal Whit­sun­day iden­tity Craig Ross.

Mr Ross bought the is­land out of re­ceiver­ship 15 years ago and had been liv­ing there for the seven years prior to his de­par­ture in Au­gust 2016.

When CCIG pur­chased the is­land a large-scale rede­vel­op­ment was ex­pected.

Since the cy­clone many lo­cals have taken to so­cial me­dia to rem­i­nisce on their ex­pe­ri­ences of South Molle.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DE­STROYED: South Molle post TC Deb­bie.

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