THE HON. TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SENATOR THE HON JAN MCLUCAS
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
TROPICAL CYCLONE ITA
SUNDAY 13 APRIL 2014
Federal Labor praises the efforts of local government authorities, emergency personnel and other agencies for their preparedness ahead of Cyclone Ita. But communities are urged to exercise caution as Cyclone Ita continues to move south.
“Communities across Far North Queensland have fared better than expected after Cyclone Ita crossed the coast late on Friday night," Acting Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek said.
“Most importantly, there has been no reported loss of life or serious injury.”
"We are incredibly grateful to the SES and other volunteers who are sacrificing time with their families and are away from their own properties to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others.”
“Considering the magnitude of Cyclone Ita as it approached, it appears Cooktown, Hope Vale and nearby communities including Rossville and Wujal Wujal have made it through.”
“Our thoughts, however, are with the business owners, farmers and local residents who have suffered significant property and crop damage.”
Queensland Senator Jan McLucas said the resilience of Far North Queenslanders has again shone.
"Credit must be given to Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott, Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean and Wujal Wujal Mayor Clifford Harrigan and their support teams for their excellent preparation and continued information to residents in the days leading up to Cyclone Ita’s arrival,” Senator McLucas said.
“People in and around Cooktown, Hopevale and Wujal Wujal heeded the warnings, undertook the necessary preparations and bunkered down.
“There is of course a lot of rain and potential flooding to come, but I am confident our region will pull through this testing time and ensure those who need support in the days and months ahead are taken care of.”
People should continue to act on the advice of the authorities, including the SES. As our emergency broadcaster, the ABC is there to help keep communities informed.
Federal Labor will support the Prime Minister and the Queensland Premier in ensuring communities across the Far North are appropriately resourced as the recovery and rebuilding efforts begins.