Airlie Beach La­goon fix be­gins

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CONSTRUCTION has be­gun to fix Airlie Beach’s La­goon.

Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil be­lieves they are on track to fin­ish the re­pairs of the la­goon by the end of Au­gust, with works be­gin­ning last Thurs­day.

The re­fur­bish­ment works will in­clude re­mov­ing the dam­aged peb­ble­crete pool sur­face and resur­fac­ing the en­tire pool area with peb­ble­crete, ad­dress­ing drainage is­sues by chang­ing some land­scap­ing around the pool edge, and up­grad­ing some fa­cil­i­ties and gar­den beds around it.

Coun­cil orig­i­nally re­ported in April that the la­goon would be closed for a month but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the full ex­tent of the dam­age and in May it was an­nounced the la­goon’s re-open­ing date would be months away and would cost up­wards of $400,000.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox said coun­cil’s ef­forts would fo­cus on fin­ish­ing as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We know how im­por­tant the la­goon is for Airlie Beach busi­nesses, our com­mu­nity and our vis­i­tors,” Cr Wil­cox said.

“Last week we asked for sug­ges­tions for land­scap­ing im­prove­ments from lo­cal busi­nesses lo­cated near the la­goon, and there were some great ideas put for­ward.”

Lo­cal com­pany Splash Pools Con­struc­tions have been en­gaged for the re­pairs, and the land­scap­ing will be done by coun­cil’s Parks and Gar­dens team.

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

ON THE WAY: Re­pairs be­gan on the Airlie Beach La­goon last Thurs­day.

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