A unique and modern structure is emerging on the construction site for the new Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
In an update which included some stunning imagery, Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd said the new centre was well under way with the complex timber structure currently being erected.
The Queensland Government, which has contributed more than $16 million towards the Mon Repos redevelopment, engaged local contractor Murchie Constructions to build the new turtle centre.
Bundaberg Regional Council has delivered essential infrastructure for the facility.
Council has already supplied the site with water services and has built a new sewer pump station, which will be commissioned when power is connected.
Details on the locally sourced materials also featured in the update from Murchie Constructions.
“The glue laminated timber structure is locally grown, certified Spotted Gum. The structure is known as a ‘diagrid' (a framework of diagonally intersecting metal, concrete or wooden beams that is used in the construction of buildings and roofs) and is believed to be the largest diagrid in Australia.
“A diagrid presents an innovative resistance against cyclonic conditions. Spotted Gum was chosen for its durability, strength, density and appearance to suit the corrosive, coastal environment.
“All the timber beams were manufactured by Hyne Timber at their GLT Plant in Maryborough.”
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch has said the new centre will be an exciting step forward for turtle conservation efforts and regional tourism
“Not only will the new centre bring extra tourism dollars into Bundaberg for years to come while promoting the importance of turtle conservation, but the fact that we are working with a local company means this project will benefit the local economy,” she said.