South Molle ‘off limits’
Resort too dangerous, access destroyed
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.
DESTROYED: South Molle post TC Debbie.