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SPECIAL EDITION: Cyclone Larry 10 years on

Cyclone Larry remembered by former local SES boss

Former Innisail SES local area coordinator Alan Green recalls his memories of Cyclone Larry during which he coordinated response, while his family's house was nearly destroyed. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY

Former Innisail SES local area coordinator Alan Green recalls his memories of Cyclone Larry during which he coordinated response, while his family’s house was nearly destroyed. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY

IT WAS likely the longest few hours of Alan Green’s life. On one hand he was charged with spearheading the Cassowary Coast’s SES response as Cyclone Larry ripped across the coast. He did this while not knowing if members of his family were dead or alive. The phone line to his wife, children and dog, who were huddled in their house at Silkwood, was cut around 4am when the Category 5 storm hit. It was not until hours later that a neighbour managed to get a message through that they were OK…

 

Cyclone Larry 10 years on: Back from the brink

Banana farmer Tony Camuglia has taken some big blows in his life but nothing like Cyclone Larry. “It was a complete wipe-out,” said Mr Camuglia, on his 120ha Cavendish banana plantation near Innisfail. “It was our first true test. We had to ask ourselves, ‘do we go on?’ “But we are a resilient bunch in north Queensland. We came back from financial and personal ruin. I think we are all smarter and wiser for it.” It has been 10 years since the category 5 storm tore a $1.5 billion trail of destruction through Innisfail and nearby parts of far north Queensland…

 

FROM NEWS ARCHIVE: Cyclone devastates Australia’s banana crop

Cyclone Larry has devastated Australia’s banana industry, destroying fruit worth $300 million and leaving up to 4,000 people out of work. Australians now face a shortage of bananas and likely price rises after the cyclone tore through the heart of the nation’s biggest growing region. Queensland produces about 95 per cent of Australia’s bananas. The Australian Banana Growers Council said the storm had wrecked the industry, ruining 200,000 tonnes of fruit…

 

WHEN WE STOPPED EATING BANANAS: Disaster Resilience: Ten Years After Tropical Cyclone Larry

Following TC Larry in March 2006 the word resilience was not something Australian political leaders used regularly when discussing disasters. Now 10 years on, no politician would dare to mention the word disaster without mentioning the concept of resilience. Many times. And that’s a good thing. But what happened that brought on such a change? A lot of record breaking natural disasters as well as a lot of political, economic and technological disruption for a start…

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