Is­land boom on the cards in the wake of TC Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

MONEY flow­ing into the Whit­sun­days in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie has Mayor An­drew Will­cox op­ti­mistic about the re­gion’s fu­ture.

Cr Will­cox spoke about the a po­ten­tial boom on the back of a re­de­vel­op­ment slated for Lin­de­man and Day­dream Is­lands at the Re­gional Projects Fo­rum hosted for the first time in the Whit­sun­days.

“It’s a good coup to have the event in the Whit­sun­days this year,” he said.

Cr Will­cox said in the next two years the three coun­cils of Whit­sun­day, Isaac and Mackay would share in up to $400 mil­lion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from earth­works com­pa­nies, and elec­tri­cal, civil, marine and bridge build­ing in­dus­tries were all present at the fo­rum to learn how their com­pa­nies can take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There is a whole lot of peo­ple look­ing to see who they can hook up with... it’s a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity,” Cr Will­cox said.

The pro­posed $583 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of Lin­de­man Is­land by Chi­nese com­pany White Horse will use Shute Har­bour as a launch pad, as will the $65 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of Day­dream Is­land.

“We also talked about the $70 mil­lion we have got from Cat D plus our in­sur­ance. Shute Har­bour is prob­a­bly go­ing to be $20-22 mil­lion build,” Cr Will­cox said.

“The fu­ture of the Whit­sun­days is look­ing very pos­i­tive and very bright.

“We have got a big com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial build as well.

“The only thing we have to keep a good eye on is how we go with ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“We re­ally need peo­ple to come in and re­build our re­gion but if they come in and take our beds they are not ex­actly tak­ing reef tours or spend­ing money in cafes.”

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT: Mayor An­drew Will­cox at the Re­gional Projects Fo­rum.

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