Disaster Recovery Projects

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, numerous Council facilities and assets need repairs or improvements to continue providing a great service for our community. 

Funding received from a range of sources including Council, insurance providers and jointly funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) under the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, have generated a wide range of infrastructure projects to rebuild the Whitsunday region. 

View the map below to see all the NDRRA projects underway in the Whitsunday region. This information is updated regularly.

Please note - click the icon in the top left-hand corner of the map and tick the boxes to show all work programs.


 Airlie Beach Lagoon Refurbishment 
Whitsunday Regional Council reopened the Airlie Beach Lagoon on schedule at the end of August 2017, after Cyclone Debbie caused major damage to the Lagoon and precinct in March. The Lagoon has been refurbished and improved, with a new pebblecrete pool surface, major landscaping and drainage upgrades, including new park facilities and garden beds. Some minor works also took place around the Lagoon precinct, with new shade sails installed under Works for Queensland funding, and repairs to park structures completed under insurance. 

Proserpine Swimming Pool
The pool was restored and reopened to the public by the September 2017 school holidays. The new Grandstand was installed under Works for Queensland funding during October 2017. 

Collinsville Swimming Pool 
The pool was repaired and reopened to the public by the September 2017 school holidays. 

Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach sand replenishment
Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach have been replenished with new sand in October 2017, after Category D funding was granted jointly by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Boathaven Beach sand replenishment
Boathaven Beach near the Beacons in Airlie Beach was replenished with new sand in December 2017, after Category D funding was granted jointly by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). 

Shade Sails and Structures
With long awaited insurance approval being granted, council replaced the following shade sails around the region by early May 2018:

  • Bowen - Hansen Park, Bowen Town Square, Bowen Foreshore and Col Leather Park 
  • CannonvaleCannonvale Foreshore, Tropic Road Park and Galbraith Park
  • Collinsville - Collinsville Pool and Darby Munro Park
  • Proserpine - Renwick Road, Halpannel Park, Keith Johns Estate Park, Pioneer Park, Proserpine Swimming Pool shade sails and Proserpine Skate Park
Bowen PCYC
Works to repair extensive cyclone damage to the buildings were completed in late May 2018, and the building has been handed back to the Bowen PCYC. 

Whisper Bay Seawall
Works to repair the cyclone damage to the rock seawall were completed in late August 2018.

Whitsunday PCYC
Council completed the repairs and handed back the building to the PCYC in mid September 2018. Further repairs to the roof over the sporting hall will be carried out later this year, as Council is still liaising with the insurers regarding the extent of damage.

Bowen Administration Building
Work was undertaken to repair the roof and internal cyclone damage to the building, and was completed in November 2018.

Whitsunday Coast Airport
Cyclone damage repairs to the terminal building and lighting were completed.

Damaged Signs
A total of 1538 damaged signs were replaced around the region.

Cannonvale Beach sand replenishment
Over 4000 tonnes of new sand was delivered to Cannonvale Beach from mid September 2018, to restore the beach under Category D funding.

Marine Vessel Retrievals
Several damaged marine vessels have been removed from Whitsunday waters, from various locations including Shute Harbour and Muddy Bay in Airlie Beach. The removals began in September 2018 and were completed in January 2019.

Shute Harbour Road lighting
Lighting repairs have been completed along Shute Harbour Road in Cannonvale and Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Bicentennial Walkway lighting
Council completed the replacement of lighting and poles along the Bicentennial Walkway, between the Airlie Beach Lagoon and the Whisper Bay boat ramp, in mid January 2019.

Conway Beach Seawall
$1.8M in NDRRA Category D funding was approved for the repair of the Seawall. Construction began in January 2019 and was completed in June 2019, weather permitting. Council has also completed additional landscaping along the Conway Beach foreshore.

Culvert Repairs
Around 300 culverts across the region will be repaired after damage caused by the cyclone. 

Road Repairs
Road repairs were completed across the region, in areas around Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine. 

Andromache Bridge
The timber Andromache Bridge was replaced with a new concrete bridge. Construction began in November 2018 and was completed in June 2019.

Inverdon Bridge
The existing timber bridge was replaced with a single lane concrete bridge. Construction began in December 2018 and was completed in July 2019.

Bowen Front Beach Seawall 
$2M in NDRRA Category D funding was approved for the repair of the Seawall. Construction began in May and works were completed in July 2019.


Shute Harbour Restoration Project
Eligible joint funding from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments will see the restoration of the Shute Harbour facility, badly damaged during Cyclone Debbie. Community consultation occurred in late 2017 for the long-term future of Shute Harbour.  Demolition of the damaged buildings and jetties began in April 2018 and was completed in mid July. A detailed design for the restoration works was approved by Council in December 2018, with construction of the seawall expected to begin in 2019. Find out more about this project here

Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Works have begun to repair cyclone damage to the PEC. Some significant fire issues and structural issues have been uncovered during the repairs, which Council is working to resolve as quickly as possible. We will keep the community updated regarding the expected reopening of the Centre.


Contact Us

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we rebuild and restore our Whitsunday region. Council would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused by these works.

 If you have any enquiries about these works, contact Customer Service on (07) 4945 0200 or email us at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au


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