CYCLONE RELICS FOUND
HAVE you ever seen flotsam floating in the water and wondered about where it came from or how it got there?
For visitors to the YHA at Bungalow Bay, Magnetic Island, there was no such guesswork needed last week.
On Saturday morning swimmers retrieved a distinctly green/blue National Parks marker from the water with the word “Whitsunday” in white lettering.
Another sign was found indicating Whitsunday Island camping spots and toilets.
The signs, 300km from home, arrived at Florence Bay, Magnetic Island, three and a half months after Cyclone Debbie tore the Whitsundays to pieces.
In the cyclone’s aftermath Maritime Safety Queensland found 78 aids to navigation either damaged or moved, 94 vessels stranded and a host of marine communications infrastructure rendered inoperable.
By the end of May, 29 aids to navigation had been restored and the owners of 56 stranded vessels contacted.
Crucial hydrographic clearance surveys have also been undertaken at key Whitsunday maritime locations including Port of Airlie, Abell Point Marina, Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and Daydream Island, to ensure their navigation channels are safe.
FLOTSAM: A Whitsunday sign found a long way from home.