Yeppoon cyclone shelter at high school
A MULTI-PURPOSE public cyclone shelter for the Capricorn Coast will be built at Yeppoon State High School.
Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan yesterday announced the shelter would serve as an evacuation centre for Yeppoon, south to Emu Park, and communities in the north.
He said it would likely be built in time for the next cyclone season, and would be located where the tennis and basketball courts currently
The centre would include a new indoor basketball court, and Mr Hoolihan said the tennis courts would be relocated elsewhere in the school grounds.
The school site was deemed to be the best as it was outside of potential storm tide inundation areas and was not at risk from flooding, landslides or other hazards.
“This cyclone shelter will make the Yeppoon and Capricorn Coast region more resilient and safer than ever before,” Mr Hoolihan said.
“Cyclone Yasi showed us just how destructive Mother Nature can be, and we need to be prepared for future events of similar intensity.”
Mr Hoolihan said the centre would be designed to hold 500 people, and capable of withstanding winds up to 300kmh and located away from large trees, electricity or communication towers and potential sources of windborne debris.
The Yeppoon centre is one of 10 to be built in North Queensland via a joint $60 million fund by the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the State Government.
It will bring Queensland's total number of shelters built to withstand category 5 cyclones, to 14.