Burdekin cyclone shelter’s walls go up

The concrete wall panels of the Burdekin Shire’s multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility are going up quickly.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis said the contractors had a large crane on site to lift the 59 concrete wall panels into place.

“The walls are supported by steel struts as they are erected and a steel portal frame will be constructed on the interior of the facility,” he said.

“These panels weigh from 10-25 tonnes and are 200-250mm thick, so they should withstand anything nature can throw at them.

“There have only been minor delays in the project with some time lost due to wet weather.”

Cr Lowis said the $2.7 million facility would be completed by mid-November this year.

The Burdekin multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility measures 65m x 26m and will have an internal open area of about 50m x 26m. It is designed to withstand a Category 5 cyclone.

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