Back on track: Major step forward in Flagstaff Hill rebuild
It's been a long time coming but now it's expected Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre could be rebuilt in less than a year after a new company was selected to spearhead the project.
At the Whitsunday Regional Council ordinary meeting on Wednesday, Hutchinson Builders was awarded the design and construction tender for the centre, which was damaged during Cyclone Debbie.
In August, the council resolved to reopen a design and construct tender for the project, which was this week awarded to Hutchinson Builders.
Whitsunday Division 6 councillor Mike Brunker said the project should get under way at the end of January and be finished by October.
"It's been a long time coming," Cr Brunker said.
"The previous building up there had an iconic view and it lends itself to a restaurant and cafe."
Cr Brunker said the centre would include a 120-seat function centre as well as a cafeteria.
Girudala Community Cooperative Society will also be involved in the centre to help share knowledge about indigenous culture.
"The public have been very patient, their old centre up there has been demolished for quite some time," Cr Brunker said.
"It should have been started now but the first contractor withdrew and that delays everything.
"When this COVID stuff is over we can go back to cruise ships and conferences etc.
"Now we're back on track and hopefully the public will support it."