5 Pluses from Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie

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Com­mu­nity spirit

IF there is one thing the Whit­sun­days could reach unan­i­mous agree­ment on, it was the power of com­mu­nity spirit in the face of dis­as­ter.

Lions vol­un­teer Emma Up­ston said she was one of many to see the com­mu­nity spirit up close.

“I vol­un­teered for the Lions at the RSL as well as opened the do­na­tion cen­tre and saw many, many facets of hu­man in­ter­ac­tion ... whether it was a hug, a laugh or a tear.”


THE ex­pres­sive side of the Whit­sun­days opened up.

The com­mu­nity weren’t shy to pen their unique po­ems, in­clud­ing May Lyons who said she “touched over 100 peo­ple”.

Bet­ter views

MANY res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Lyle Rein­bott now en­joy un­in­ter­rupted bay­side views as a re­sult of the clear­ing of trees fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The im­me­di­ate af­ter­math also brought beau­ti­ful starry skies to the re­gion.


THERE is no deny­ing that the he­roes of the com­mu­nity stepped up to the plate.

Lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing SES, emer­gency work­ers, Air­lie Ro­tary, Vol­un­teer Whit­sun­days and the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre de­liv­ered for the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, they weren’t alone, with out­side char­i­ties such as Team Ru­bi­con, Aid­taskers, Or­ange Sky Laun­dry, GIVIT and many oth­ers who came to the re­gion’s aid.


WHIT­SUN­DAY neigh­bours united like never be­fore to en­sure no-one was left be­hind.

Natasha Casey was one to ex­press grat­i­tude for the help she re­ceived the day af­ter the cy­clone hit, with two big trees re­moved from her roof.

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