Abu Dhabi pays for Yeppoon $5.3 million cyclone shelter
THE next time Yeppoon residents duck for cover from a cyclone, they will be thanking the United Arab Emirates.
A senior representative of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will be in Yeppoon this week for the official opening of a $5.3 million cyclone shelter - bought with money gifted by the United Arab Emirates.
His Excellency Khalid al Ghaith will be joined by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney who will open the shelter, purpose designed to protect 800 people in the event of a Category 5 cyclone.
The shelter, designed to withstand winds up to 300kmh, is one of 10 in North Queensland as part of the $60 million cyclone shelter program established by the former Bligh government. A $30 million gift from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was matched by the State Government.
Alongside cyclone protection, the Yeppoon shelter, located at the high school, will act as a multi-purpose, indoor sports centre with a full-sized basketball court.
A $50,000 grant from the Healthy Schools program also equipped the building with a sports laboratory and enabled the school to extend its physical education program.
Hutchinson Builders constructed the shelter and completed the project on schedule before the 2012-13 cyclone season began.
It will be officially opened on Wednesday.