Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have begun assessment and planning
to clean-up Whitsunday Island’s beautiful Whitehaven Beach.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles said Whitsunday Island took a direct hit from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and was suffering significant vegetation damage and beach erosion.
“There is a significant amount of debris scattered across Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands National Park,” Mr Miles said.
“Whitehaven Beach is often cited as the best beach in Australia and one of the top 20 beaches in the world from a visitor perspective, so it’s vitally important we get it cleaned up as a priority.
“The northern end of Whitehaven and also the beautiful Hill Inlet still offer amazing experiences and will be open again in a matter of days.
“QPWS plans to assist the recovery process by reshaping the beach to protect the exposed vegetation, which will in turn speed up the beach stabilisation process.
“Once the beach shape has stabilised we expect the white silica sands will naturally redeposit due to the geometry of the beach in relation to local currents.
“We also expect the island to green up over the next couple of months, as much of the vegetation is very hardy,” he said.