Starfish round­about to bring a fresh, new look

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

the coun­cil would not be able to com­plete – in­clud­ing the lagoon.

Dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie the lagoon build­ings and struc­ture were dam­aged and the pool filled with sew­er­age over­flow­ing from the nearby pump sta­tion and toi­lets on the evening of March 29.

The lagoon pool con­se­quently had to be drained and dis­in­fected, but once emp­tied ex­tra is­sues not caused by the cy­clone such as con­crete can­cer and prob­lems with pipes came to light.

Mayor An­drew Willcox said it was very im­por­tant to get the lagoon “fixed up and run­ning as fast as we pos­si­bly can”.

While no-one would agree to the trans­fer of the $3.9 mil­lion from “other re­serves” five of the six coun­cil­lors present last week did vote for the cre­ation of the new restoration re­serve, con­sist­ing of the rev­enue from non-ur­gent 2016/17 projects and op­er­a­tional sav­ings.

At this stage Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s Cy­clone Deb­bie in­surance re­pairs are es­ti­mated to cost $15 mil­lion.

The amount of NDRRA re­pairs is not yet known. WHEN the Air­lie Beach main street round­about was stripped of its starfish one year ago, the ques­tion arose of what would re­place it.

Thanks to Re­becca Ross and Sheila Car of Metro Tiles, and Martin Ross of Cre­ative Tiling, a brand new starfish mo­saic, which prom­ises to bring an ex­tra spark to the main street, will be in­stalled start­ing Mon­day.

“It was a de­sign (Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil) al­ready had and we just mod­i­fied it and came up with the colours,” Ms Ross said.

It was a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non at Glouces­ter Is­land how­ever, which in­spired the colours of the de­sign.

“We saw so many starfish wash up on the shore and there were loads of colours,” Ms Ross said.

“There’s white and beige for the sand and dif­fer­ent blues blend­ing to­gether from the wa­ter com­ing up to the sand as if the starfish was washed ashore.”

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Willcox said the new mo­saic would as­sist in the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the round­about and en­try to Air­lie Beach.

“The new de­sign will be bright, colour­ful and easy to clean so it will al­ways look at­trac­tive,” he said.

“The new starfish is also sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than the al­ter­na­tives and will re­quire less on­go­ing main­te­nance, which will re­duce costs for the com­mu­nity in the long term.”

Weather per­mit­ting, tiling works are ex­pected to be com­pleted within a week of its start date. Dur­ing this time, traf­fic man­age­ment will be in place.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

SHUT: The Air­lie Beach Lagoon was closed due to dam­age from Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie in March.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

COLOUR­FUL: The de­sign that will be in­stalled onto the Air­lie Beach round­about start­ing Mon­day.

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