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14/09/2018
QLD Energised after Cyclone
This article first appeared in the May / June 2105 edition of Energy Source and Distribution.

On 20 February Tropical Cyclone Marcia battered the central Queensland coast with torrential rain and wild winds. Rockhampton and Yeppoon were hardest hit, with widespread damage to homes and community buildings.

In response to this disaster, Zinfra sent three volunteer employees Hai Nguyen, Trent Colquhoun (from NSW) and Sheik Khan (from Queensland) to assist with 'Operation Energise' in Queensland.

Set up by the Queensland  ETU to help the local community recover,  volunteers from Zinfra, Electro Group, Powerlink and the ETU spent two weeks conducting electrical safety checks and remedial connections for community clubs, not for profit organisations, pensioners, sole parents and uninsured.

Over the period ‘Team Zinfra’ reconnected people affected by the Cyclone  with a basic power supply – a power point and light in each building – to allow them to begin the process of cleaning up and rebuilding their community.

The generosity of the volunteer organisations who contributed to the ‘Operation Energise’ program meant 83 homes and 10 community groups were reconnected.  The efforts of all volunteers were well received and appreciated by both network owner, Ergon Energy, and the local community.

In addition to the donation of employees to assist with 'Operation Energise', Zinfra also mobilised 24 employees to the area in response to a request from Ergon Energy. Cutting short their break between rotations, the Zinfra electricians and linesmen helped restore the network and brought with them six EWPs, work trucks and other support vehicles and equipment as part of Ergon’s overall restoration response.

Well done to all the teams and volunteers who helped to restore power, hope and normality to the communities in Central Queensland.