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Special Edition Ex-Tropical Cyclone Trevor Department of Local Government Housing and Community Development



Special Edition Ex-Tropical Cyclone Trevor Department of Local Government Housing and Community Development

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Cheryl proud of her Service Delivery North staff Cheryl Wall was extremely proud of her team across Service Delivery North, including Jules Hudd who assisted her with duties as the department representative on the welfare group. "In the welfare group meetings, Cheryl and I provided key communication across government agencies and provided prompt cooperation from our department," Jules said. Jules gave feedback from Territory Families that all our department volunteers were "fantastic" and "greatly appreciated during cyclone preparation and emergency management". On such short notice, Alison Warwick travelled to Katherine to assist with emergency relief areas. She said the "experience was personally and professionally rewarding". Alison and other volunteers and evacuees even celebrated an Ngukurr man's 18th birthday milestone. "Together, everyone sang him happy birthday before he hopped on the bus to return home," Alison said. Courtney Warr and her Arnhem team took the emergency preparations in stride with immediate cyclone management procedures. "Our duties were providing support and assistance to tenants who were evacuated from their homes in community," Courtney said. Overall, SDN saw a joint collaboration between the AIS, regional staff and areas during Cyclone Trevor. "Without this team effort, we would have struggled and during times like these, all hands on deck are needed the most," Courtney said. Photo caption: Damage at Robinson River. Page 7 of 17 [APRIL], SPECIAL TC Trevor edition A cultural understanding Nora Kempster undertook a phenomenal role during Cyclone Trevor as the Aboriginal Interpreter Sen/ice (AIS) was pushed to the forefront of the emergency, and used not only for interpreting but also for advice and guidance. Nora worked for hours on end at the Darwin evacuation centre supporting the interpreters. Her role was to ensure cultural sensitivities were met and considered throughout the emergency response and repatriation. Nora said it has been a team effort. "I was a support person. I just made sure we had interpreters on the ground, and we all assisted in cultural understanding," she said. Alongside her was Thecla Hartree, a Traditional Owner of Timber Creek region who was able to help manage social situations. She was one of the key interpreters who communicated the emergency processes and translated live updates that became available from emergency and welfare services. Jangu Nundhirribala from Numbulwar was also a great help in the evacuation centre having been an evacuee himself. Naomi Wurramarra from Groote Eylandt also evacuated, and generously offered to work during this period and lent a helping hand at the Foskys evacuation centre. While a number of AIS staff were on the field doing their interpreting duties, they managed to recruit a few interpreters in the process. Two eager men put their hands up - one from Robinson River and one from Umbakumba. They were thrown into work immediately on site and assisted in delivering messages in language. Above all, the use of interpreters and cultural advisors including AIS booking staff, recording staff and trainers all contributed to a positive impact particularly in the Evacuation Centres. Caption: AIS interpreters Thecla Hartree and Nora Kempster are pictured with evacuee Nicholas O'Keefe (centre) who has asked to become an interpreter after assisting to deliver messaging in language at a community meeting. Page 8 of 17 [APRIL], SPECIAL TC Trevor edition

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