Cyclone Debbie damage causes Daydream Island resort to close until 2018Wednesday April 12, 2017 - 07:43 EST
Daydream Island in north Queensland will remain closed until mid-2018 due to substantial damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The popular Whitsundays resort sustained widespread damage when .
The island was set to reopen at the end of month, but had also planned to undertake a $50 million refurbishment at the end of the year.
Resort General Manager Dawson Tang said it was not feasible to re-open the island to guests for that period of time and it would now remain closed while the redevelopment was fast-tracked.
"We are determined to bring Daydream Island back to its spectacular best," Mr Tang said.
"The level of support we have received from past guests and the community has been overwhelming.
"This decision for an extended closure has not been an easy one but will enable us to concentrate fully on restoring Daydream Island back to the top of the Queensland tourism industry."
Mr Tang said there may be some redundancies due to the short notice but most staff have found other work and some may be redeployed to Hamilton Island.
© ABC 2017
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