Island boom on the cards in the wake of TC Debbie
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.