Bird’s-eye view of ru­ins

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

“RAW” is the word Kate Tulett of Th3rd Di­men­sion Me­dia would use to de­scribe the dev­as­ta­tion left by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Ms Tulett and her part­ner, Pablo Hauber-Six, have been sur­vey­ing the scenes over com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Shute Har­bour, Air­lie Beach, Can­non­vale, Proser­pine, Dingo Beach, Hy­de­away Bay and Bowen us­ing drones and can hardly be­lieve what they have seen.

“Ba­si­cally Air­lie and Shute and the is­lands have been the worst hit,” Ms Tul­let said

“We went pretty much over the en­tire Whit­sun­days this week, we’ve seen a good chunk of the dev­as­ta­tion and of all the main­land com­mu­ni­ties Air­lie Beach was the worst.

“Ev­ery­where there’s trees down and leaves down but Air­lie Beach and the older build­ings in Proser­pine and Shute Har­bour – that’s where we’ve seen most of the dev­as­tat­ing dam­age – win­dows bro­ken, roofs off, whole walls gone.”

Ms Tulett said she was now “emo­tion­ally pre­par­ing my­self to go over to the is­lands” and com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Con­way and Wil­sons Beach.

“Raw is the word I would use to de­scribe it – there’s no bound­aries,” she said.

“Mother Na­ture has done her worst.

“But on the up­side the com­mu­nity has come to­gether and we’ll all be help­ing each other.

“If we were to go up next week and do the same sites so much would have changed be­cause we’ve got the re­sources now to get ev­ery­body back up on their feet.”


DE­STROYED: The bat­tered and bruised ferry ter­mi­nal in the af­ter­math of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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