$5.3m shelter a step closer
HUTCHINSON Builders has won the tender to construct a category five cyclone shelter at Yeppoon State High School, Minister for Government Services and Building Industry Simon Finn announced yesterday.
The $5.3million dollar shelter is one of 10 cyclone shelters being built across the state as part of a $60million program jointly established by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the State Government.
The Yeppoon shelter, which will be constructed in accordance with the design guidelines for Queensland public cyclone shelters, will be able to withstand winds of up to 300km an hour and will service an evacuation area of Yeppoon, south to Emu Park and immediately to the north.
Mr Finn said the shelter would also provide a huge boost to the school, which will have the benefit of a new multi-purpose sports complex.
In addition, the project will support about 36 jobs during construction.
President of the Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club Bill Cumming said the shelter was a great thing for the community.
"It will be good to have a specific area that people know to go to," he said.
"People often come down to the beach and stickybeak when there's rough weather.
"It's a good move for the area, there's no doubt about it."
The shelter is expected to be completed in time for the 2012-13 cyclone season.