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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    State delivers Burdekin Cyclone Shelter

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Friday, December 13, 2013

    State delivers Burdekin Cyclone Shelter

    The Burdekin community will have its own cyclone shelter with a new multi-purpose exhibition hall to be built at the Ayr Showgrounds.

    Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the $2.7 million building, funded entirely through the Newman Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, would be able to withstand a Category Five cyclone with wind gusts in excess of 280km/h.

    “The Newman Government is committed to delivering better infrastructure for regional Queenslanders as we promised at the election,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “We were determined to build a cyclone shelter in the Burdekin that was practical and could be used all year round, not just in the event of a natural disaster.

    “Locating it at the showgrounds means it will deliver the best bang for its buck, doubling as a pavilion during the annual show and able to host a large variety of community functions like equestrian events and machinery displays.”

    Burdekin MP Rosemary Menkens said locals had waited far too long to have a dedicated cyclone shelter located in their region.

    “The Burdekin Community quite rightly felt cheated by Labor when it missed out on a cyclone shelter in the wake of Cyclone Yasi,” Mrs Menkens said.

    Mr Crisafulli said North Queenslanders knew all too well what it’s like to huddle in fear as a cyclone bares down on them.

    “This means those who don’t feel safe during cyclonic weather will finally have somewhere safe to ride out the storm,” he said.

    The multi-purpose facility will be able to accommodate around 80 cars, campervans or caravans, providing shelter for tourists and the travelling public.

    [ENDS] 13 December 2013

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