Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters

Construction to commence on Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters next week

Construction on the category five cyclone shelters in Proserpine and Bowen will begin next week, Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business and Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt announced during a visit to the Proserpine cyclone shelter site today.
Ms Jarratt said locals could expect heavy machinery on site mid next week in both Proserpine and Bowen, with work to begin shortly after.
Premier Anna Bligh said these two shelters were among 10 being constructed in North Queensland as part of the $60 million cyclone shelter program jointly established by the Bligh Government and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“The start of construction on these projects represents another huge step forward for our $60 million cyclone shelter program,” the Premier said.
“This government is getting on with the job of building these cyclone shelters for the people of North Queensland – the local community can expect to see these shelters complete by the end of November, weather permitting.”
Ms Jarratt said Paynter Dixon Queensland Pty Ltd won the tender to construct both the $5.8 million Proserpine shelter and the $5.6 million shelter at Bowen State High School.
“These cyclone shelters are extremely important to the people of Proserpine and Bowen,” Ms Jarratt said.
“Not only will these facilities provide safe and secure shelters for the local community in the event of a category five cyclone, but they will also act as a multi-purpose sports facility for year-round use by the locals.
“In addition, it’s an extremely welcome boost for the local construction industry.
“The Proserpine cyclone shelter will support approximately 39 jobs over the life of the project, while around 38 jobs will be created in Bowen.
“By using a select tender process we deliberately targeted local contractors, in turn maximising the opportunities for flow-on benefits to local suppliers, sub-contractors and the local community.
“Having offices in both Mackay and Townsville, Paynter Dixon is very familiar with the local sub-contractors and suppliers in Proserpine and Bowen.
“Through this project they have been able to stimulate the local construction industry and make of use of local resources.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be here today to signal the start of construction on these two cyclone shelters, which will have such wide-reaching benefits,” she said.
Minister for Government Services, Building Industry and ICT Simon Finn said the new buildings would be big enough to include multipurpose halls for sports such as netball and basketball.
“Each facility will be greater than 1,500m2 in size, and will include a multipurpose hall for sports such as netball and basketball,” he said.
“A sports lab classroom is also included as part of the structure for year-round use by the school – this classroom can also be used for refuge during a disaster, similar to the sports hall area,” he said.
“There will also be office space built into the facilities, with the key purpose of providing communication facilities in the case of a cyclone – however throughout the year, it will provide office accommodation and staff amenities for teaching personnel.
“The buildings will have 10 toilets and five showers, and two water tanks in the roof which are gravity fed to the toilets and showers during a cyclone.
“They will also contain a kitchen, a generator room and a storage room for chairs that would be used during a disaster.
“In the case of a cyclone, the town power supply may cease, in which case a generator will be activated – if the generator fails, emergency batteries stored in the cyclone shelter will commence operation,” Mr Finn said.
Ms Jarratt said the shelters would ultimately make the Proserpine and Bowen communities more resilient.
“These cyclone shelters will be constructed in accordance with the Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters and will be capable or withstanding winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour, as experienced in a category five cyclone,” she said.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is managing the delivery of the Proserpine and Bowen cyclone shelters, as well as the shelters in Ingham, Townsville, Port Douglas, Tully, Weipa and Yeppoon.
The cyclone shelter in Mackay is being managed by the Department of Education and Training as part of the delivery of a new Eimeo State High School. The Edmonton cyclone shelter is being designed and delivered independently by the Cairns Regional Council through a grant funding arrangement with the State Government.
“In total, the cyclone shelter projects are expected to support 400 jobs over the life of the program,” Ms Jarratt said.

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