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