Dunk Is camping 'open for business'By Kirsty Nancarrow, Friday December 21, 2012 - 11:20 EDT
Cassowary Coast Mayor Bill Shannon says he is relieved a popular tropical island will reopen to campers for Christmas.
Parts of Dunk Island have been off-limits since it was hit it by Cyclone Yasi in February last year.
Work has been carried out throughout the year to rebuild infrastructure and rehabilitate the island's natural features.
Councillor Shannon says overnight camping will resume tomorrow, with nine sites available.
"I'm very pleased," he said.
"We've been trying for a long while for this to occur, after a long, drawn-out process we got the money and we've had the work done and completed.
"When I say it's completed, the grassing of the area in a couple of areas is still to occur and that will only occur when the turf from the turf farm can be actually picked up.
"If they tried to pick it up now when it's been so dry it will literally fall apart, so there'll be some turf-laying as soon as it rains.
"Up to 50 people I think they can take in nine sites, the nine sites are all set out.
"The facilities are there, tables, chairs, the ablution block, barbecue areas, everything is in place and we've got the work site, which is the construction of the jetty, appropriately barricaded so there's no safety issues there and the whole of the spit is now open for business."
© ABC 2012
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