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Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said with this morning’s high-tide receding and the cleanup around the region underway, we want to get the message out both nationally and internationally that the beautiful Whitsunday region is business as usual.
“Our council crews are already out there clearing debris off our streets, footpaths and beaches,”Mayor Whitney said.
“We anticipate the marinas will open this afternoon or this evening and tourist cruises will recommence over the weekend.
“The Whitsunday Coast Airport, in Proserpine is open and commercial flights are planned toresume tomorrow.
“All the resorts, restaurants and bars on the mainland are open for business and ready for tourists.
“We want to let everyone know the beautiful Whitsundays is business as usual and anyonewanting a tropical escape should head here to paradise knowing all the usual services are running and unaffected,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said there has been minimal infrastructure damage considering we experienced a Category 2 Cyclone.
“It shows how well prepared the residents of Whitsunday region were, that there was little to nostructural damage experienced and very few calls for assistance,” she said.
“The Whitsunday region has shown once again they are incredibly resilient when it comes topreparing and managing natural disasters.
“We would like to thank everyone for being prepared and doing the right thing during this event.
“Residents are reminded that Cannonvale Transfer Station, Bowen Landfill Site and Kelsey Creek Landfill are open and free to dump green waste.
“We expect reports of damage to our road network to begin filtering in this afternoon and over the weekend.
“Some erosion has been experienced on our beaches and foreshores through the region, withBowen beach experiencing 5m of erosion.
“Premier Campbell Newman and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli have inspected thedamage this morning and they have assured us they will help provide any assistance for cleanup and recovery required,” she said.
This afternoon the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group will stand down and hand allresponsibility back to the Whitsunday Regional Council for resumption of normal operations.
To keep up to date with information relating to current disaster events, residents are encouraged to ‘Like’ the Whitsunday Disaster and Emergency Information Facebook page, which will provide a direct link to information from the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group.
People requiring assistance from the SES should call 132 500.
Information on the latest road closures can be found at 131940.qld.gov.au
The Whitsunday Coast Airport remains open and passengers should contact their airline for thelatest information.
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