Reef Min­is­ter takes visit to White­haven Beach

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

NA­TIONAL Parks Min­is­ter Steven Miles toured the Whit­sun­days last Thurs­day to as­sess the dam­age of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Along the way he vis­ited White­haven Beach and also checked out Man­taray Bay and Stone­haven.

Dr Miles con­grat­u­lated the crews of Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice rangers who worked day and night to clean up White­haven Beach.

“De­spite the dam­age, we re­sponded im­me­di­ately to make sure the re­gion’s pri­mary tourist at­trac­tion was open for busi­ness,” he said. “QPWS crews, as­sisted by con­trac­tors, took ad­van­tage of the low tides day and night, and moved 10,000 cu­bic me­tres of sand to cre­ate 350 me­tres of beach and a fore­dune to pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble veg­e­ta­tion from fur­ther dam­age.

“Up­rooted veg­e­ta­tion was re­moved from along the fore­shore and used to cre­ate 650–700 cu­bic me­tres of mulch.

“About 150 cu­bic me­tres of mulch was spread on the is­land’s in­fra­struc­ture and walk­ing tracks and the re­main­ing ma­te­rial was trans­ferred off the is­land.”

Mr Miles said re­pro­fil­ing the beach had cre­ated a fore­dune for vis­i­tors to spread their tow­els and re­lax.

“The re­pro­filed beach has also im­proved tourism op­er­a­tors’ abil­ity to land their ves­sels di­rectly onto the beach, and has mit­i­gated fur­ther im­pacts on the frag­ile fore­shore veg­e­ta­tion,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

QUICK WORK: The clean-up at White­haven Beach was praised by the Min­is­ter for Na­tional Parks.

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