Whitsunday shows signs of recovery

31 May 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad visited the Whitsunday region to inspect recovery efforts following Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Debbie, and to meet with locals at several Proserpine small businesses and not-for-profit organisations to discuss community resilience and collaborative approaches to recovery.

Locals were determined the 105th Show Whitsunday would go on, despite STC Debbie destroying buildings at Proserpine Showgrounds and leaving a dangerous mess of powerlines, building materials and shattered glass.

Show Whitsunday President Donna Rogers was thrilled when the not-for-profit organisation successfully obtained a joint Commonwealth-State funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category C grant of $25,000, and a one-off $18,000 contribution from Whitsunday Regional Council.

“The NDRRA Category C funding has helped restore power to the main showgrounds, while generators provided by the Showman’s Guild will ensure we have Sideshow Alley and the camp grounds up and running. Without the support from Ergon Energy, QRAA, Whitsunday Council and the local community to help restore power, the show would have been cancelled,” Ms Rogers said

"It's the one weekend a year that people in the area have come together for over 100 years and the collaborative support will ensure the family tradition will continue this year," she said.

Ms Rogers thanked the 50 local volunteers who attended last weekend’s working bee at the showgrounds to help clean up before an estimated 10,000 people attend Show Whitsunday on June 23-24.

 

**Cover Photo: Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox, Helen Wright, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad, Show Whitsunday President Donna Rogers and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Glenn Butcher.