Tender awarded for cyclone shelter
THE tender to construct a category five cyclone shelter at Proserpine State School has been awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland Pty Ltd.
Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt said Paynter Dixon had an established office in Mackay and had developed relationships with local subcontractors and suppliers.
"This is excellent news for those local subbies and suppliers - it will provide a welcome opportunity for work to flow to them," Ms Jarratt said.
She said the project would support about 39 jobs during construction.
Minister for Government Services and Building Industry Simon Finn said the shelter would make the Proserpine community more resilient, as it would be constructed in accordance with the 'Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters'.
"The shelter will be capable of withstanding winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour experienced in a category five cyclone," Mr Finn said.
"However, the shelter will not only be a place of refuge during cyclones - it will also deliver lasting benefits to the people of Proserpine as it will be constructed as a multi-purpose facility that can be used year-round by the community," he said.
"In particular, this shelter will provide a huge boost to Proserpine State High School and Proserpine State School who will have the benefit of a new multi-purpose sports centre."
The $5.8 million cyclone shelter at Proserpine is one of 10 cyclone shelters being constructed as part of the $60 million program jointly established by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Bligh Government, ahead of the 2012-13 cyclone season.