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Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986



Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986


Hamlyn-Harris, D.; Galton, R. P.; Charrington, Rowan; Freyling, Ron


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 33/1986







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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Report no. 33/1986

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Northern Territory Government



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I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I BLACK: WOOD: JORDAN: ILETT: JORDAN: ILETT: JORDAN: ILETT: JORDAN: ILETT: BIRD: 9 ., You just remipded me of something that was covered in the transcript, that was the suggestion that the east side is going to be the most severely affected with forecast. Should there be something like a supply depot, a plant depot? That to me is something that should be pursued as to its feasability There was some discussion from the Chairman that from the previous meeting regarding the matter I raised of a helicopter, if we put it on standby we would have to forecast costs before a flood occurred and the same with the plant, further discussions with our organisation under the Disasters Act, the Regional Controller has the authority to allocate equipment the way he sees fit and the way the committee sees fit at that particular time, and that will be supported by our organisation and the Counter Disaster Organisation as a whole, with that decision that is made by the Regional Controller, so we have that support if required. If you got sufficient time then Supt. Ilett can ring us and we can put what we have over there, you will have that advantage that our ~osts do not come up with something you have to justify. What we probably need is a fairly strict report on resources, i.e. are they private contractors, what they have, where they are etc. That would involve a day to day review. Either that, or if things started to look cloudy, it's the responsibility of one person or one group to just know all the numbers to ring. Draw up a list of every contractor in town that has a front-end loader, grader or whatever. That is in our sub plan. It could be done in a few hours so we could get some idea as to what is available. If you warned us that something was on, there would be no problem with what we shift, you're really looking for muscle, and we will always have at least one front-end loader and a couple of other items. We could at least shift that to the other side of the river where you could get at it. Have you got a fire engine on the other side? I couldn't afford to split our resources,.we have only got four men on duty and one has to remain in the watch room. All other men would attend their own needs first up then start coming into ~he station. I couldn't take the chance of putting a major appliance on the other side when all the larger buildings are in the central business area. There is no unit at all on the other side.