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Whitsunday Regional Council would like to advise residents that evacuation centres are now open in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Proserpine.
Residents who have damaged homes are asked to seek refuge with friends and family in the first instance, before utilising the evacuation centres.
• Airlie Beach evacuation centre is located at the Whitsunday PCYC at 105 Shute Harbour Road in Jubilee Pocket.• Bowen evacuation centre is located at the previous cyclone shelter, at Bowen State High School on Richmond Road.• Proserpine evacuation centre is located at the previous cyclone shelter, at Proserpine State School (Primary) on Renwick Road.
The Department of Communities is also working on establishing Community Recovery Hubs throughout the region to provide support for residents.
The Bowen Community Recovery Hub is open from today between 9am – 4.30pm at Bowen TAFE on Queen’s Road.
Community Recovery Hubs are a one-stop-shop for information and advice, financial assistance, grants, referrals and counselling services.
It is expected the Recovery Hubs at the Proserpine State High School and Cannonvale TAFE will be in operation soon.
An outreach program is also being established in Collinsville to provide support, with officers doorknocking residents in the area over the next few days.
For more information on Community Hubs, please contact the Department of Communities on 1800 173 349 or visit the website at https://www.qld.gov.au/communityrecovery
To hear the latest up-to-date information and official advice, listen to your local radio stations and follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Important phone numbers:
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately.
If you require SES assistance, please call 132 500. The SES’s priority after the event will be providing access to residents (eg. Clearing trees from driveways etc.)
If you need to contact the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre, please call 1300 972 006 and provide information as requested by the telephone operator.
Red Cross has now opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people that may be affected by Cyclone Debbie to get in touch with their families and friends. Please visit www.redcross.org.au to register, or look for someone.