Underwater divers stitch together the foundations of Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie destruction

Imagine diving underwater to connect massive sheets of submerged fabric, loop by loop, while you are at the mercy of ocean currents, water visibility and marine predators.

The $54.5 million rebuild of Shute Harbour in the picturesque Whitsundays is a sewing project like no other.

The seawall, pontoons, and site building, near Airlie Beach, suffered extensive damage during Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

The Whitsunday Regional Council said two factors made reconstruction ‘extremely difficult’: tight timeframes, and poor geotechnical conditions.

The large sheets of white geofabric are laid on the…

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