Aid for Agriculture

Hurricane Matthew-damaged squash crops in Northeast Florida

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says his department is working closely with industry and agricultural producers to ensure assistance is available for those impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. “It could be some days before we have a clear picture of the scale of the damage to crops, stock and … [Read more...]

Happy Ending – Search and Rescue, Whitsundays

whitos boat rescue

Two men stranded after their vessel ran aground on rocks near Whitsunday Island have been located. At the height of Cyclone Debbie, the pair were able to send an SOS E-mail message to loved ones in NSW who alerted local Police and authorities. As conditions allowed, Rescue operations swung … [Read more...]

Cyclone Debbie Update

Fooding

As the eye wall of severe tropical cyclone Debbie continues to impact the Whitsundays this afternoon the BoM Cyclone Warning Zone now shifts inland to Charters Towers, Mount Coolon, Moranbah, and Pentland. Townsville to St Lawrence and extends to include Townsville, Mackay. Areas to the south and … [Read more...]

Debbie Makes Land

storm winds

Cyclone Debbie is making landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach…Homes have lost roofs and tress have been uprooted. Residents are being told to stay indoors and to take shelter. The destructive core is now expected to hit slightly north of Airlie Beach within the next hour, a little further … [Read more...]

Debbie Moves In

debbie 6-0950-28

Cyclone Debbie is battering the Whitsunday Islands and is on track to cross the coast at around 2pm near Bowen. BoM says Debbie is at Category 4 and moving at 6 kph and has winds gusts of up to 260 kph with gusts at the Centre at 175 kph. As a Category 4 Debbie is the worst cyclone to hit us … [Read more...]

Cyclone Debbie – Hours off The Coast

cyclone debbie 5-0700-28 march

The eye wall of severe tropical cyclone Debbie is soon to pass across the Whitsunday Islands as it thunders towards the Coast as a category 4 Cyclone. Hamilton Island is already reporting gusts of up to 175 kph and locals are being urged to stay indoors. Multiple agencies – and in partnership … [Read more...]