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Indigenous community of Palm Island faces cyclone without shelter

Date posted: 30 January 2014

The Indigenous community of North Queensland's Palm Island will be at risk of facing a potential cyclone without a proper shelter.

The island, north east of Townsville, is in range of a tropical storm moving towards the Queensland coast that was predicted to hit this morning.

Mayor Alf Lacey says while residents have been preparing for the storm as winds pick up and king tides move in, if things did get too much to handle, they would have nowhere to go. 'The biggest thing for us is we can't jump in cars and drive to the nearest town or the next couple of towns, you know what I mean?' he said. 'We're surrounded by water and when all of the transport services out of the shire are cancelled - the airlines and the boats - then we're on our own.'

The island's desperate need for a shelter was exposed when residents were left to fend for themselves without one when category five Cyclone Yasi caused havoc in 2011. Mr Lacey said he would be taking the matter to Premier Campbell Newman.

Source: 9 News


Last updated: 31 January 2014
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