Ipswich helps flood-ravaged Rocky
IPSWICH is playing a key role in the supply of goods to flood-ravaged Rockhampton, with food and vital supplies being collected and flown out of RAAF Base Amberley.
Supermarkets in Rockhampton were restocked yesterday after the State Government called in the assistance of the Australian Defence Force.
Premier Anna Bligh said the resupply of essential non- perishable items would help meet the immediate needs of Rockhampton residents facing a long period of isolation.
She said the supplies were collected at RAAF Base Amberley and flown by C-130J Hercules aircraft to Mackay Airport due to the Rockhampton Airport being closed.
“Trucks laden with essential non-perishables including toilet paper, nappies, long-life milk, bottled water and canned food have already started arriving at the RAAF Base at Amberley,” Ms Bligh said yesterday.
“From Mackay, Toll Transport is again providing support by transporting the goods on road freight to Rockhampton.
“It is anticipated there will be up to four trips today, with each trip transporting 15 pallets of goods.”
Roads between Mackay and Rockhampton are expected to close either today or tomorrow, meaning the supply mission had to be carried out quickly.
Acting Defence Minister Warren Snowdon said another supply mission would be flown out today if the roads remained open.
He said there may be grounds for an expanded defence force role as the flood crisis continued, but that would depend on the weather and the scale of the damage.
Mr Snowdon said there was an on-going assessment process under way to look at what contingencies might evolve in the future. Three Blackhawk helicopters were being redeployed from Emerald to Rockhampton yesterday afternoon as part of the defence effort.
Rockhampton's Fitzroy River reached nine metres yesterday with further rises up to 9.4 metres expected tomorrow.
Premier Bligh said everyone was appreciative of the hard work done by the defence force.
“On behalf of all Queenslanders, I thank the Australian Defence Force for their support on the ground across our state,” Ms Bligh said.