Starfish roundabout to bring a fresh, new look
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.
SHUT: The Airlie Beach Lagoon was closed due to damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March.
COLOURFUL: The design that will be installed onto the Airlie Beach roundabout starting Monday.