[Peakoil] Cyclone Tracey was - Important Announcement
tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Tue Feb 28 15:32:31 EST 2006
On 27 Feb 2006, at 10:13 PM, Keith Thomas wrote:
> Remember the magnificent, rule-breaking mobilization to deal with
> Cyclone Tracey?
For those who are too young to remember I compiled this after Katrina
for another list -
I remember it well. I woke up on Christmas morning and Darwin had
blown away. The radio said that a local church was taking donations
so we loaded all the tinned food we had, bedding and other stuff into
the car and drove down there. There was a huge queue of people who
had the same idea. It must have been around midday. Lance Barnard
was acting PM at the time Whitlam being in London. The National
Disasters Organisation headed by Major-General Alan Stretton had just
been set up. Barnard told him to take charge and sort out the
Consulting the "Australian Government Digest" V.2 N.4 and V.3 N1 the
time line goes like this -
Cyclone hits night of 24th
NDO gets sketchy reports early AM that there was extensive damage and
sets up an information centre
Joint Defense Staff put on standby
Detailed report received verifying response needed
NDO advises Acting PM Barnard of resources needed.
Barnard orders Stretton to Darwin and puts the resources of the
Department of Defence at his disposal
Barnard asks Gwynn Howells the DG of Health to look after medical needs
BAC111 leaves Canberra with an ACT medical team and Stretton, Flying
first to Mackay to pick up Rex Patterson the Minister for the
Northern Territory thence to Darwin
C130 Hercules leaves Richmond with medical team.
Dept Health organises another medical team in Sydney as does the Navy.
Dept Social Security starts putting together a team of welfare
workers to go to Darwin.
Dept Transport starts planning to reopening Darwin Airport
PMG looks at restoring communications
RAAF calls all crews to a state of readiness
Red Cross asked to send relief supplies and blood to Air Force bases
and to coordinate voluntary sector. By nightfall some tons of
supplies available at bases.
Evacuation planned and housing needs and availability assessed.
By nightfall a C130 full of tarpaulins was on its way via Townsville.
C130 carrying an Iroquois helicopter for local relief leaves for Darwin
Early am two Navy HS748 aircraft left for Darwin carrying Red Cross
Workers, blood plasma and other supplies
Dept of Repatriation and Compensation assembles a team of 65 nurses
to fly to Darwin. Makes 96 beds available in Repatriation hospitals.
First 40 casualties arrive.
An RAAF Caribou leaves to provide STOL capability in Darwin
During the day 5 Hercules leave with relief supplies
Evacuation of Darwin announced.
First plane of casualties arrives in Sydney via Hercules
Arrangements made to coordinate information about dead and injured.
Special benefit payments to those affected announced.
US Embassy offers use of a Starlifter and this is accepted. Plane
arrives at Richmond in the Afternoon. NZ provides a Hercules.
17 trucks of building supplies leave for Darwin.
4 tons of canned goods made available from Commonwealth Hostels being
shipped to Darwin.
Department of Housing and Construction assembles 227 tradesmen to
ship to Darwin for Reconstruction and arranges accommodation for
PM sends message from London
45 nurses leave for Darwin.
3,000 people evacuated
Work starts on restoring power, water and sewage. Food stock now
PM Whitlam gets back to Australia and announces emergency payments to
be made to those evacuated.
PM issues statement summarising what is being done. 7,000 people had
been evacuated by air via Qantas, Ansett, TAA and the armed forces.
Minister for NT Dr Rex Patterson appointed to coordinate all fund
Darwin Reconstruction Commission announced to be Chaired by Sir
Leslie Thiess. Advisory Interim Commission set up pending enabling
Schedule for the restoration of essential services announced.
Governments with Unions to coordinate volunteers from the Unions.
Emergency ends and NDO passes authority back to the Administrator of NT
Compensation Scheme announced for those who affected.
Special grants announced for Darwin schoolchildren
Workforce needed to restore Darwin announced.
Dept Housing and Construction has 1000 of it's own staff and 1,200
local contractors working in Darwin on reconstruction.
Power restablished to 20 key establishments. Airforce airlifts two
generator 1350KVA to darwin.
Water supply has reached six million gallons per day and sewage
restored to areas where water now available.
NDO ceases its coordinating role.
Cyclone compensation survey started
Full generating capacity restored. 18% of Darwin now has power.
Water available to 80% of Darwin
Darwin Social welfare Liaison Group established
Ship chartered to house 1,500 rebuilding workforce.
All schools repaired
Citizens' Advisory Committee set up.
Over 1000 buildings repaired.
1,400 building allotments cleared of debris
Four telephone exchanges now operational
Crime rate is lower than before the cyclone
$1m worth of free food distributed
Road, rail and air services back to normal.
The last of seven major RAN ships return from Darwin. At their peak
there were 3,000 Naval servicemen deployed
200 more troops sent to Darwin bringing the total to 850. The
contingent is know as Field Force Group Darwin
Planning and development guidelines released
Darwin Relief Trust Fund payments start being made to victims.
Darwin Reconstruction Act 1975 Assented to.
Darwin Reconstruction Commission members appointed.
$58m maid available as compensation to victims.
A concessional home loan scheme set up for those who lost their homes
Emergency furniture assistance scheme set up
Special assistance scheme for car repairs, freight and transport
phone : 02 6241 7659 | mailto:me at Tony-Barry.emu.id.au
mobile: 04 1242 0397 | http://tony-barry.emu.id.au
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Peakoil