Council offers cyclone aid

Date published: 29 March 2017

Townsville City Council stands ready to assist its neighbouring councils in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Townsville Local Disaster Group Management Group chair Cr Jenny Hill said council was willing and able to deploy staff and equipment should it be required.

“I understand the affected towns and cities will still be assessing the damage but as the largest council in the northern region, we stand ready to help if and when we’re called upon,” Cr Hill said.

“We have officers with significant skills and expertise in areas including water, sewage and health as well as equipment and heavy machinery that may be of use in the areas that have been hard hit.”

Cr Hill said residents wishing to assist could make a donation direct to one of four nominated charities:

“The Townsville community is notoriously generous and we know many locals have a close connection to the communities that have been affected.

“These charities are trained to respond to the needs of communities hit by natural disasters and can provide food, equipment, shelter, and other support.”

Goods and services can also be donated to GIVIT through their website

Other key points

  • The TLDMG has been stood down
  • The Disaster Coordination Centre phone line has been deactivated. People should phone council on 1300 878 001 with questions or concerns
  • Council services, including bin collection, have returned to normal. Staff will work extended hours today to collect bins not emptied yesterday
  • The Rockpool is expected to reopen tomorrow