Cyclone Debbie | Our Road to Recovery

Wednesday 28 March 2018 marks one year since Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the Whitsunday Region and we acknowledge that many in our community are still dealing with ongoing issues from the Cyclone.

As the one year anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Debbie approached, WRC felt it appropriate to recognise the journey that has affected so many in our region, by creating a video titled ‘Cyclone Debbie – Our Road to Recovery’.

We have seen some inspiring examples of community spirit, resilience, strength and courage. This is something that we should celebrate and encourage in our communities. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

We hope this video helps show you are not alone or been forgotten. Tough times don’t last forever, Tough north Qlders do!

The stories told have helped piece together a historical account of some of the different ways that Cyclone Debbie impacted the Whitsunday Region. WRC realises that the depth of the impact felt by our community extends further than the content contained in this video. We appreciate the time taken by all those who participated in the video and understand that for some it meant reliving a difficult time.

The shoot took place over two full days in Bowen and Proserpine by Council’s Communications & Marketing Team in partnership with Tropical Exposure who generously donated their time for the benefit of the Whitsunday community. Whitsunday Regional Council would like to thank the following people for their contribution to the making of this video:

Fred Quod
 Peta Smail
Adam Hagy  Renee Faust
Katy Ward  Dave Thicker
Madeline & Cynan Hughes  Mark Connors
Nathan Blain  Nicola Young
Troy Pettiford  Sandra Black
Gavin Cousens  Jess Yuskan
Jason Raiteri  Lester Nichols
Monique Stevens  Danielle Layton
Neil Edgerton  Mayor Andrew Willcox

Check out the video below:


To accompany the video, Whitsunday Regional Council published a four-page feature in all local newspapers.

To download a copy, please click here.


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