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20 Mar 2007 description


Marking the first anniversary of Cyclone Larry, Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd today acknowledged the tremendous recovery effort that has helped people in far north Queensland affected by the disaster.

"Cyclone Larry had a devastating effect in far north Queensland many homes, businesses and buildings were either damaged or destroyed.

07 Jul 2006 description

The Australian Government has provided $222 million to assist the people of Far North Queensland to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclones Larry and Monica. Through Centrelink, the Australian Government has provided over $162 million to individuals, businesses and farmers including:

  • $117 million paid to businesses and farmers under the $10,000 and additional $15,000 tax-free grants;
26 May 2006 description

In late April, Cyclone Monica crossed Cape York before moving northwest across the Gulf of Carpentaria and then crossing the coast of the Northern Territory. Cyclone Monica caused widespread damage to Far North Queensland as a result of heavy rain and flooding.

26 Apr 2006 description

The community of Maningrida in Australia's Northern Territory has suffered extensive damage from Cyclone Monica.

25 Apr 2006 description

Goulburn Island residents are itching to return home, now the threat to their community from cyclone Monica has passed.

The community had been moved to a caravan park at Pine Creek, 220 kilometres south of Darwin.

The 337 people were evacuated yesterday, as then category 5 cyclone Monica headed straight towards the island, north-east of Darwin.

It is the first time many of them have ever been to the mainland.

Allen Gebadi says it has been all right.

"The Army boys have been looking after us," he said.

The Army is not sure when the island's dirt airstrip will …

25 Apr 2006 description

Northern Territory Chief Minister Clare Martin says the community of Maningrida has been substantially damaged by cyclone Monica.

The cyclone cut power and telephone lines in the community and Ms Martin says she is still waiting for more information on the extent of the damage.

But she says she has been told the community school where people were sheltering lost part of its roof during the cyclone.

She says emergency teams have flown out to Maningrida to assess the damage.

"Power and Water has those teams out this morning but Emergency Services also out as well," she …

24 Apr 2006 description

Small clusters of people remain on Northern Territory islands due to be hit by the most intense cyclone Australia's ever seen.

Cyclone Monica is a category 5 system and is expected to hit near the Coburg Peninsula later today.

Weather bureau spokesman Mike Bergin says Monica could be the most severe tropical cyclone seen anywhere along the Australian coastline.

Mr Bergin says that judgment is based on satellite images because there has been no "ground truth" yet.

"Whether or not the wind gusts are at 300 kilometres, or exactly what they are, is going to be …

24 Apr 2006 description

The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Monica has maintained strength in the last few hours and is still moving west south-west along the Northern Territory coast at 12 kilometres an hour.

A cyclone warning continues for coastal and island communities between Cape Wessel and Daly River mouth, including Darwin, the Tiwi Islands, Cobourg Peninsula and Jabiru.

Monica which remains at category five is on track to reach the Darwin region on Tuesday.

Senior Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Bergin predicts Monica will weaken as it crosses the Cobourg Peninsula later in the …

21 Apr 2006 description

Counter Disaster and Rescue Services (CDRS) continue to operate in areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Monica.

While floodwaters appear to have levelled in areas around Cairns, CDRS remains in close contact with regions of Cape York Peninsula. Hundreds of tasks will be carried out by CDRS today with assistance of Queensland Rescue helicopters, the State Emergency Service (SES) and fixed wing aircraft.

Queensland Rescue helicopters have been activated to several remote communities throughout the Cape region.

20 Apr 2006 description

The Bureau of Meteorology says torrential rain in far north Queensland has eased but there is still more to come.

A number of places around Cairns have received more than 100 millimetres of rain since yesterday morning as cyclone Monica makes her way across the Cape York Peninsula.

The cyclone hit far north Queensland yesterday afternoon, with winds of up 180 kilometres-an-hour.

In her wake, Copperlode Dam has received 340 millimetres of rain and Cairns itself has broken its April rainfall record of 550 millimetres.

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says the flooding is expected …

14 Apr 2006 description

The cyclone Larry relief effort has switched its focus to reconstruction, with the announcement of a coordination centre for rebuilding and the provision of kit homes for some families.

Premier Peter Beattie yesterday toured Innisfail, the far north Queensland town which has been worst-hit by the disaster.

He officially launched the building coordination centre, which will give builders and the community advice on building regulations and costs.

Mr Beattie says that is the best way the Government can prevent any profiteering.

"By ensuring we've got this …

12 Apr 2006 description

The Australian Defence Force will provide catering facilities and food supplies for 327 people who have been evacuated from the flooded Daly River region to Pine Creek in the Northern Territory.

07 Apr 2006 description

Emergency services in the Northern Territory town of Katherine have acknowledged several houses in the town could have water up to their roofs.

Last night Counter Disaster Commander Kate Vanderlaan said she had no reports of severe damage to homes.

Today she acknowledged as many as 12 houses in the north of the town could be covered up to their roofs.

"We had a look at it and there's probably a dozen in that area but that's all I can confirm ...

06 Apr 2006 description

CANBERRA, April 6 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Australians fled their homes in the remote outback town of Katherine after days of rain on Thursday as floodwaters started to inundate the town and the nearby Katherine River threatened to burst its banks.

06 Apr 2006 description

Thank you to all those who have donated to the Cyclone Larry Relief appeal. The appeal has now raised more than $12.9 million.
Major donors include:

Commonwealth Government $1,100,000
Queensland Government $1,100,000
Commonwealth Bank of Australia $1,000,000
Westpac ($500k now, $500k for infrastructure) $500,000
BHP Billiton $350,000
NT Government $250,000
NAB (plus matching donations up to $250,000) $250,000
Clubs Queensland $200,000
UBS Global Asset Management $200,000
ANZ $100,000
Macarthur Coal Limited $100,000
RACQ $100,000

06 Apr 2006 description

Volunteers needed urgently!

People are urgently needed to help carry out a survey which will give General Peter Cosgrove essential information to help him co-ordinate the recovery effort.

Volunteers are also needed to help with administrative tasks while people able to operate a chainsaw or experienced electricians are also urgently needed.

If you can help, please contact FNQ Volunteers Inc. on 4041 7400. FNQ Volunteers Inc. can also supply teams of volunteers to assist people or organisations affected by Cyclone Larry.

04 Apr 2006 description

People whose homes are uninhabitable due to the damage inflicted by Cyclone Larry will the first considered for funds to be distributed soon from the Prime Minister and Premier's Cyclone Larry Relief Appeal.

First round grants of up to $2000 in cash will go to eligible applicants whose homes are uninhabitable and further assistance will be available soon for others who have suffered loss and damage.

03 Apr 2006 description

Almost $4.5 million has been distributed in government financial assistance in the wake of Cyclone Larry, with 12,000 applications to replace essential household contents and repair dwellings in the process of being assessed.

About 200 staff from the Department of Communities, which leads the disaster recovery role, have been deployed from around the state to assist with various facets of the disaster recovery effort.

The Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Warren Pitt, has said the Government is focusing on "getting the community to rebuild and getting …

31 Mar 2006 description

After having left a trail of damage down Western Australia's Pilbara coast, tropical cyclone Glenda has been downgraded to a category 2 storm.

30 Mar 2006 description

A powerful cyclones has made landfall in Western Australia.

Authorities say Cyclone Glenda, a category-four system, reached the shore hours earlier than expected.

Our reporter Leonie Harris says the mining town of Karratha has escaped major damage, but the cyclone remains a threat as it moves south over the mainland.

The State Emergency Service says the more southern town of Onslow is now its major concern.

At nearby Mardie station, wind gusts have reached almost 200 kilometres an hour.