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The redevelopment of Rotary Park, situated at Wongaling Beach one of the villages that make up the locality of Mission Beach, is a project designed by Cyclone Yasi.  When Yasi crossed the coast in early February 2011, Rotary Park was heavily impacted by the wind and associated surges.

The main picnic shelter was severely damaged and subsequently demolished. In addition large areas of the foreshore park were lost. With the aim of creating a more resilient park, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council has been working with Mission Beach Rotary Club to revisit the 2007 master plan in light of the damage sustained and to explore funding options to upgrade some of the facilities damaged by the cyclone.

The Rotary Club of Mission Beach has had a long association with this reserve and to date has:

• constructed the original (now demolished) picnic shelter
• funded three picnic shelters
• contributed to fencing one playground area, and
• established a garden around the sewerage pump station.

On February 28th 2013, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) unanimously approved the adoption of a new Master Plan for Rotary Park at Wongaling Beach. This project will result in the implementation of all facilities identified on the new plan. The following recommendation was also approved:

“That Council endorse the revised Master Plan for Rotary Park, including the water play area, and that the Plan be implemented in stages as funding becomes available, subject to the following conditions:
  • That the Rotary Club of Mission Beach is responsible for funding the design, construction and installation of the water play area and any associated infrastructure;
  • That the water play area is zero depth and does not contain height elements; and
  • That all plans for final design and construction, including final full-life costs be submitted to Cassowary Coast Regional Council for approval.”
The project has been planned in such a way that facilities which provide greatest community benefit will be funded first and are grouped into earlier phases of the project. The Water Play, pump station and toilets are proposed to be funded by the Rotary Club of Mission Beach.

The first funded stage of the Rotary Park upgrade will include the replacement of the main picnic shelter, which was badly damaged during Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and later demolished. A new shelter, to be built on higher ground, will double as a stage and will have a landscaped amphitheatre below it.

The staged upgrade will also include a new public amenities block, the smaller picnic shelters and covered barbecue areas, shade sails for the skate park area, landscaping and new pathways.

The first stages of the park revamp will be funded by Council and Rotary with Council reserve funds, Cyclone Yasi insurance money, the Federal and State Government's cyclone recovery funding, Rotary fundraising money and contributions from other organisations. Mission Beach Rotary's past president Ru Carslake said the water play area initiative was one of the club's most significant projects.

"The response from the community has been fantastic,'' Mr Carslake said. "We've prepared a project schedule and have been out talking to various community groups and community members about how they can be involved, either through donations or in-kind support.''

"We are seeking assistance from the community, potential partners and sponsors for the project so if you want to be part of the rebuilding of the project let us know!" Mr Carslake said.