Valley residents keep in touch with satellite phones

SATELLITE phones and a dedicated emergency committee is what Boyne Valley residents hope will ensure they will not lose communication with the outside world as Tropical Cyclone Marcia passes through.

During the 2013 flood caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, roads to the Boyne Valley region were cut and communication too.

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Nagoorin chairman for the Boyne Valley emergency disaster committee Ross McClure said that after the 2013 floods, the committee was formed.

Members were each given a satellite phone to ensure they could keep in contact with each other, the council and emergency services.

"It just gives another option for communication," Mr McClure said.

"You can do everything you possibly can but that still might not be enough," he said.

Mr McClure said the community had hosted several awareness sessions to give information to residents on how to prepare.

"When we didn't have open communication with the council and SES, they would turn up to find out what we did need, and then return with those things.

"(With satellite phones) they're going to already know what we need and what the situation is," he said.

"We can all grumble that Nelly Simpson Rd shouldn't flood, but the reality is that the Bruce Hwy floods, Baffle Creek does too and we're not the only people who can get caught."



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