Burdekin receives funding for multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter

Queensland’s Minister for Local Government this morning announced $2.7 million in funding for a multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility to be built at the Ayr Showgrounds.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis was in Townsville this morning for the announcement.

Cr Lowis said the facility would be used for a variety of purposes including as a cyclone shelter where the travelling public, or displaced persons, could shelter during a severe weather event.

“This facility will replace a number of other buildings at the Showgrounds and can be used as an exhibition facility, for community functions and of course for displays during the Burdekin Show,” he said.

“I’m sure the community will find many uses for this building and I thank the Minister for providing the funds to construct it.”

Cr Lowis said that while no final decision had yet been made on the design of the building, it would be constructed next year.

“Council is working on the design of the building, which will consider housing about 80 vehicles inside the building during a severe weather event,” he said.

“This building is not designed to be a place where people stay for any length of time, just somewhere safe for them to ride out the storm before moving on.”

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