Cyclone Debbie downgraded, threat is now due to flooding and continuing rains

further information

nbn Community Service Announcement

nbn reminds residents and businesses in North Queensland that equipment connected over the nbn™ network will not work during a power blackout.

A number of factors influence the resiliency of the nbn™ network to continue to provide uninterrupted services during a power outage. Even with network power resiliency and in-premises battery backup, power outages may last longer than the battery life. Therefore, we recommend you are always prepared to be without internet and telephone services for some time.

nbn recommends that you put together an emergency kit, which includes equipment that can be used in the event that there is a power outage, or your connection to the nbn™ network is disrupted (for example a charged mobile phone).

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Additional useful information for those affected include:

  • outage finder
  • generator use
  • roof damage and reconnecting solar Photo voltaic (PV) system)

Cyclone Debbie update

from Ewan McPhee

The Queensland Museum, Museum Development Officer Program is waiting to hear from groups that are located within the region where Cyclone Debbie has caused damage.

This information may take a few days or even up to a week to come through as volunteers and staff stay safe within their own homes and look after families and friends.

Further information available at:

Damage from Cyclone Debbie has cut all roads to the north Queensland towns of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, but there have been no reports of serious injury from the Whitsunday Islands

An update from Ewan McPhee Qld Museum Museum Development Officer

Update 30/3/2017   – Bowen Museum and Historical Society are ok.  No structural damage to building, collections and volunteers are all intact!

more information at:

M&G QLD eNews 29 March 2017

Museums & Galleries Queensland extends its thoughts to the communities affected by Cyclone Debbie and subsequent weather events.

M&G QLD is working with the Queensland Museum Network, Museum Development Officers to see if museums, galleries and cultural heritage organisations have been affected and require assistance.

Please visit the Queensland Museum Network - Museum Development Officers blog for updates.

As we are beginning to see, flooding may also affect collections in ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie's path.

While power and internet are unavailable in some areas, those who are still connected can access valuable information and resources about disaster planning, recovery and salvage through the Museum Development Officer blog, State Library of Queensland and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM).

M&G QLD is also working with the Queensland Disaster Information Network (Q-DIS). We encourage you to join Q-DIS to connect with colleagues across regional and metropolitan Queensland. For more information on Q-DIS please visit

Should any museums, galleries or cultural heritage organisations require assistance, please contact M&G QLD on freecall 1800 866 101.




Donations for Disaster Recovery
To support the recovery of Queensland’s movable cultural collections impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, M&G QLD is accepting donations to its Donation Fund. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

To make a donation please download the donation payment slip at or contact M&G QLD on 07 3059 9740, freecall (within Queensland) 1800 866 101, or email

Donations can be made by EFT (bank account details are on the payment slip) or cheque or money order. Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. M&G QLD will issue updates on how donations are being used.



Flood Update for Lismore Regional Gallery

Thank you to all the messages of support from friends and colleagues locally, and further away. 

As was to be expected from this major event, we have been affected by these floods. 

The gallery team, and some wonderful people who dropped everything to help, packed up the old gallery Thursday afternoon. There was little warning, but artworks were stored safely upstairs. As we would have had over 1 metre of water through, it is likely there will be significant equipment losses, but nothing that cannot be replaced. 

The new gallery was also affected, and while the downstairs would have been more affected than the old gallery, our new gallery and permanent collection spaces remained safe.

Our thoughts are with residents and businesses who have been affected by this serious event.

We are assembling a great team to give us a hand in the clean up, however, if anyone is willing to lend a hand, please email me on

I do know that many are dealing with your own battles, so please know you are in our minds, and I trust you get through this difficult time.

Stay safe and best wishes

Brett Adlington
Lismore Regional Gallery


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