Dunk Island could be open to campers by September
CAMPERS could be back on cyclone Yasi-ravaged Dunk Island by September.
This follows the Cassowary Coast securing $400,000 to reconstruct the camping ground and the amenities block, as well as other works.
Mayor Bill Shannon said the Queensland Reconstruction Authority had approved a Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery funding submission for the camping ground and a footbridge on the southern side of the around-the-island walking track.
This was on top of money for a new amenities block and work to connect the block with resort sewerage and electricity systems.
The council, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Dunk Island resort representatives met on the island on Wednesday for an inspection of the old campground area. A site plan is being developed in preparation for calling tenders.
Cr Shannon is expecting work to begin on the new amenities block, campground and footbridge in July. He said there were construction workers already involved with resort reconstruction so it was possible they would be doing the other projects as well.
"Dunk Island is a huge drawcard for the Cassowary Coast region and is extremely important to the tourism industry and businesses in the Mission Beach region," Cr Shannon said.
The council has also secured special Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery funding of $5.5 million for the island’s jetty reconstruction, with work expected to start in September about the same time as the Clump Point jetty project.
Mission Beach Business and Tourism manager Angi Matveyeff said the reconstruction work was "great news".
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Rebuild: Money has been secured for the reconstruction of the Dunk Island jetty, badly damaged after cyclone Yasi.