Workers left on Curtis Island are becoming nervous

SOME of the workers still on Curtis Island at Gladstone are questioning why they haven't been evacuated.

Reports of growing concern from people on the island are being posted on social media, and one worker said he was becoming nervous.

"We haven't really been watching the news and there isn't much we can do but stay in our rooms," he said.

Regular text messages were sent to the workers warning them to stay inside their dongas as the cyclone approached.

But one worker said during induction, they were told the site was only built to withstand a category three cyclone.

"They say the facility is well equipped so I guess we will find out," he said.

"They should have taken us off the island."

People were invited to leave Curtis Island before services stopped at about 1pm Thursday afternoon, but they would do so at their own risk.

The Curtis Island projects remain closed today until the weather conditions improve.

Bechtel said its camp-based residents were safe in the island's facilities, which were designed and built to withstand severe weather events.

"The safety of our employees has been our main focus leading into this event and remains so now," Bechtel said in a statement.

"Preparation work to remove or secure materials, equipment and machinery was completed yesterday well in advance of the deterioration in weather conditions.

"The Gladstone Harbour Master manages and controls the movements of vessels in Gladstone Harbour.

"Our team continues to work closely with the harbour master to determine the safe return of ferry movements to and from the island after the cyclone passes our region."



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