Major Clean-Up

Daryl Baldwin from Eastern Tree Service was one of a number of contractors busy chopping up fallen trees around Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Proserpine this week.
Daryl Baldwin from Eastern Tree Service was one of a number of contractors busy chopping up fallen trees around Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Proserpine this week.

IT IS back to business for Whitsunday residents but the clean up from Cyclone Ului continues.

At the forefront of the clean up is a band of volunteers who have been hard at work cleaning up and offering support to those affected by the storm.

Eco Barge Services have been at the forefront, helping to clean up Boathaven Beach (Port of Airlie) and the area between Abel Point Marina and the VMR Building in Cannonvale.

They have also been busy cleaning up the area around the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the rock walls between Coral Sea Resort and Abel Point.

The group has collected more than nine tonnes of rubbish from these areas since last week.

Other volunteers have been working at Whitsunday Garden World helping to remove rubbish and clean up the site that was hit hard last week by the brunt of Cyclone Ului.

Owner Steve Andrew said he couldn’t have got anywhere without the support of the friends and customers who helped out.

"These people have saved my bacon really," he said.

"We are going to get back into business very quickly [with their support]."

Around the region things are starting to return to normal after the cyclone.

Power has been restored to almost all homes in the Whitsundays.

Parks and gardens are expected to be cleared of most debris by this weekend with council workers and crews out in force with chainsaws and mulchers over the past two weeks.

Council is also aiming to have cleared all green waste from kerbsides by the end of this week.

At the Port of Airlie it is business as usual with the development coming away from the cyclone virtually unscathed.

Meridien’s Development Director, John Warlow, said the Boathouse Apartment building endured its first test of nature with no damage to report.

Construction of the Boathouse Apartments is still ahead of schedule.

Marina construction will start after the Easter period and is expected to be completed in line with the Boathouse apartment’s, in the second half of this year. Hutchinson Builders were back on-site the day after Cyclone Ului hit.

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said he was happy with how the clean up had progressed over the past two weeks. He said electricity, or lack there of, was the major hurdle the region had to overcome after the storm.

"The lesson we will learn from this is that any cyclone we have we should all budget for at least two or three days without power," he said.

"Obviously in preparation, people must do everything to prepare for power being out for a few days."

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