Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli, Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens joined Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis this morning to announce the successful tender for the construction of the $2.7 million multi-purpose exhibition hall/cyclone shelter facility at the Ayr Showgrounds.
Cr Lowis said the designs and plans for the facility would be finalised this month and Malas Constructions Pty Ltd were expected to start work in April.
“This facility will be a great addition to the Burdekin and I thank the State Government for providing the funds to construct it,” he said.
“It will not only provide the shire with a cyclone shelter for the travelling public, but can also be used by the community as an exhibition facility.
“The building will have an internal open area of approximately 50m x 26m and an external size of 65m x 26m, will be constructed of concrete panel walls and is designed to withstand a Category 5 cyclone.
“It also will include an office and rest rooms, be equipped with stand alone power and should be able to accommodate up to 80 vehicles inside the building during a severe weather event.
“This building is not designed to be a place where people stay for a length of time, just somewhere safe for them to ride out the storm before moving on.”
Cr Lowis said the facility would be completed by mid-November this year.