New cyclone shelter opens in Tully
Residential property dwellers in Queensland's Tully region are set to benefit from improved emergency services in the area, the state government announced yesterday (February 19).
Premier Campbell Newman attended the opening of a new category five cyclone shelter at Tully State School yesterday - the third of its kind jointly funded by the Queensland and Emirate of Abu Dhabi governments.
The $60 million cyclone shelter program will provide vital protection to Queenslanders in the event of severe weather events - a major boon for those located in storm and flood prone regions of the state.
"Tully was one of the hardest hit centres when Cyclone Yasi crossed the coast and left a trail of destruction," the premier remarked.
"Shelters like this one in Tully are an important part of making sure north Queensland is better protected next time around."
The new shelter, which can accommodate up to 800 people, sprawls over 1,500 square metres and is equipped with several features that will provide safety and comfort in the event of a cyclone.
Mr Campbell said the building, which also serves as a multipurpose sports facility, boasts several amenities such as water tanks, a kitchen and emergency generator.