Lagoon re-opening date still months away
THE Airlie Beach lagoon will not be open for two of the region‘s biggest events with Whitsunday Regional Council announcing repairs would not be complete until late August.
The Whitsunday Reef Festival previously used the lagoon for its Recyclable Regatta and Airlie Beach Race Week is another of the two major events held in early August that reel in an abundance of tourists to the region. The lagoon buildings and structure were significantly damaged when Cyclone Debbie crossed the region on March 28.
On the night of March 29 sewage from the Cannonvale pump station and nearby toilets overflowed into the pool.
After it was drained, however, further issues such as concrete cancer were discovered.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said recent reports showed the structural integrity of the lagoon had been compromised and it was therefore unsafe to open to the public.
Facebook users expressed their frustration including Michelle Baker who believed smaller tasks could wait.
“Maybe the starfish round bout should wait.” she said.
Others believed it was not a quick fix: “$400k of repairs needed, including concrete cancer, who is kidding who with the August dateline?” Peter Clarke wrote.
LENGTHY WAIT: The Airlie Beach Lagoon has been closed since Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit.