Lessons to learn from Cyclone Ului

IMPROVING the power supply system and ensuring that mobile phone towers are working in the aftermath of a storm are the lessons that should be taken from Cyclone Ului according to Shadow Emergency Services Minister Ted Malone.

Mr Malone, who visited the Whitsundays last week, was full of praise for emergency service workers and their work during and after the cyclone but said that the government needed to work with electricity and phone companies to ensure services were as strong as they could be in readiness for a cyclone.

“The lessons from Cyclone Larry have not been learned,” he said.

“One of the big lessons out of Larry was that the mobile phone towers failed very quickly.

“Within hours of this cyclone, mobile phones and landline phones were out.

“It is vital that phone companies can keep their systems operating during and after a cyclone.

“If things had been worse we might have had people who were hurt who couldn’t call an ambulance.”

Mr Malone said that now as also a good chance to review the electrical supply system.

“There should be a reliable bulk supply to Airlie Beach,” he said.

“I have been an advocate for a long time for clearing effective corridors for power supplies.

“Vegetation has been allowed to grow over prudent heights making power lines hard to get too.

“If this has been a category 5, power would have been out for a month.”

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