WE’VE GOT THE POWER
Yellow army of 900 volunteers lights up Whitsundays again
ERGON Energy is reporting that all homes in the Whitsundays have power restored after Cyclone Debbie touched down 16 days ago.
More than 900 Ergon workers on the ground have successfully restored power to 65,000 homes ahead of schedule.
Zone co-ordinator Geoff McGraw said staff from Cairns to Stanthorpe had heeded to call to restore electricity to the Whitsundays.
All have chosen to forgo being home with their families at the end of the day.
“We don’t force people to come on these things, they all volunteer to come down here,” he said.
Mr McGraw said the people of the Whitsundays had “overwhelmed” workers with their generosity.
“We have got members of the community delivering cookies and biscuits to the guys on the side of the street.
“There was an ice cream truck that stopped and said ‘hey guys have an ice cream’.”
Keisha McEwan, from Proserpine, was up at 4am last Saturday to make sandwiches for the Ergon workers.
She works for Westend Cash Store, who began supplying workers with their lunch last week.
Normally Ms McEwan gets paid but instead she donated her time in gratitude for what Ergon is doing.
“It was for the Ergon workers, they have been copping so much negativity and I wanted to see a smile on their faces,” she said.
Workers at Wilmar’s Proserpine mill also expressed the community’s gratitude by dropping Easter inspired goodies on Monday.
The only houses now without power are buildings with structural damage, and where home owners will need to employ an electrical contractor to undertake repairs and make the property safe. Ergon then needs to be advised the property is ready to receive power.
Master Electricians Australia has activated a free hotline to help affected home owners find the nearest available contractor to repair damaged properties.
The number of the hotline is 1300 889 198.
TEAM EFFORT: Ergon Energy's Whitsunday zone co-ordinator Geoff McGraw and his team muster at Club Croc in Cannonvale on Sunday morning.
ALL FIXED: High voltage line repairs near Proserpine.
Proserpine apprentice Luke Riley EO.