It’s now time for the Whitsunday Tourism Industry to re-build with assistance promised from local and state councils and governments.
Tourism Whitsunday’s chief executive officer Craig Tuner released a statement today saying he had been receiving “a constant flow of messages from stakeholders throughout the past 48 hours.”
These were from Tourism Minister, Kate Jones and Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Leanne Coddington.
Mr Turner said these stakeholders “are committed to helping the Whitsundays get back on our feet.”
He said the first priority was to determine the damage in areas of need and to re-establish power and communication lines.
“Please note that we are also in communication with Whitsunday Regional Council, State Development and the Queensland Tourism Industry Council,” Mr Tuner said.
“In parallel to these efforts we will also be ensuring that the financial support required to get the Whitsundays back on its feet will be forthcoming from all levels of government.”
One Whitsunday business is already looking ahead, post Cyclone Debbie.
Ocean Rafting said their six little ducks were tucked away from the wind and rain in its recently constructed cyclone shed so all vessels were protected and undamaged.
However, without power, some damage to the marina and road closures, Ocean Rafting will not be operating again until this Saturday, or at the very earliest on Friday, if the weather improves remarkably and services and infrastructure are restored.
The Ocean Rafting team sends its best wishes to all of the local Whitsunday community and industry partners and will work hard together to ensure this beautiful region is up and running as normal in the very near future.
For more information phone 49466848 or for updates.
Source: Whitsunday Times.