Red Cross chief praises volunteers

THE Red Cross has been integral in the Whitsundays’ recovery after Cyclone Ului and on Monday the organisation’s Queensland Executive Director Greg Goebel was in town to get an idea of the extent of the damage.

Mr Goebel spent a couple of days in the area to meet with Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker and have a look for himself at some of the worst affected areas.

From there he said he would be in a better position to start to make decisions on how the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal funds would be distributed.

“The aim is to target the most in need – those who are unlikely to recover without assistance,” Mr Goebel said.

“That will include low income families, single parents and families with a lot of kids.”

As well as assessing the damage, Mr Goebel also made a point of visiting the Red Cross volunteers stationed at the various recovery centres.

He was full of praise for their efforts.

“The volunteers have done a remarkable job,” he said.

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