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The Whitsunday Disaster Management Group will be standing down at 5pm today and transitioning to the recovery phase with individual agencies to continue to operate their own disaster response activities.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Local Recovery Group has been established today as the region moves into recovery mode.
“Can I stress that transitioning to recovery does not mean that response activities are ceasing.“It means that Ergon will continue to fix the power, the SES will continue to respond to their task and the Army will continue to help with the clean-up.
“The processes are already established to allow this to continue without the necessity of a disaster coordination centre which was focussed on pre-event planning and safety and immediate post-event response,” he said.
As a result of moving into the next phase Evacuation Centres are also winding down.
Proserpine’s has closed, Bowen’s will close today and Cannonvale/PCYC Whitsunday will close tomorrow.
Mayor Willcox said there will be four Recovery Sub Groups which will focus on Human Social, Economic, Environment and Infrastructure.
“Recovery Hubs have also been set up around the region to ensure residents have access to information about grants, financial assistance, insurance, asbestos and personal support.
“There are three Recovery Hubs, one each in Proserpine, Bowen and Cannonvale and these are staffed by highly experienced personnel who are there to answer the community’s questions,” he said.
Recovery Hubs: Proserpine State High School HallRuge Street, ProserpineOpen daily between 9.00am and 4.30pm.
Bowen TAFEQueens Road, BowenOpen daily between 9.00am and 4.30pm.
Cannonvale TAFEShute Harbour Road, CannonvaleOpen from 1pm today, 2 April. Then open daily from 10.00am and 4.30pm.
If you apply for financial assistance in the hub and qualify, you’ll be given a debit card from the Community Recovery workers. Please keep in mind that these debit cards take 24-48 hours to activate.
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately. If you require Ergon Faults only – 13 22 96. If you require SES assistance, please call 132 500. If you require Whitsunday Regional Council, please call 4945 0200.