Holidaymakers evacuated from Heron Island arrive at Gladstone on Thursday.
Holidaymakers evacuated from Heron Island arrive at Gladstone on Thursday. Luka Kauzlaric

Heron Island set to reopen this month after generator fire

THERE is a light at the end of the tunnel for Heron Island Resort after it announced on Thursday it would be re-opening at the end of January.

A fire which broke out in the generator room of the resort on Christmas night left almost 300 guests having to be evacuated on Boxing Day, as the island was effectively shut down to tourists.

A team of fire assessors landed on the island last weekend and have been working to analyse the damage caused by the fire and what was needed to have the resort operational again.

Heron Island Resort, about 80km north-east of Gladstone, announced it would be opened for business again on January 28, as a team of contactors and resort staff turned their focus to the repair job.

Their task involves a rebuild of the generator, as well as the room in which the generator was located.

This process is required to re-establish power, water, communication and sanitation services which were all decimated by the blaze.

The reservations team was in the process of contacting all guests who are affected by the fire to offer assistance in rescheduling their holidays, as well as rostering the resort's staff on in stages before the re-opening.

Heron Island general manager Ross Greenaway thanked guests for their patience.

"We are extremely grateful for the patience shown by our guests during this difficult period," Mr Greenaway said.



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