Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett and Kilkivan Show and Campdraft Association president Mike Atthow at the newly refurbished Kilkivan Showgrounds.
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett and Kilkivan Show and Campdraft Association president Mike Atthow at the newly refurbished Kilkivan Showgrounds. Renee Pilcher

Internet vital during flood crisis

THE internet played an important role in helping manage the flood disaster that affected much of the former Kilkivan Shire area, Gympie region Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said yesterday.

While Cr Perrett was in Gympie helping manage the regional flood crisis (as chair of the Local Disaster Management Committee), his wife Michele was on the other end of the iPhone (and the other side of a raging Mary River), sending text messages and pictures to Gympie.

Kilkivan and Goomeri district SES and council personnel provided vital information and responded to the co-ordinating efforts of Cr Perrett's committee in Gympie, providing assistance even to people in the thick of their own flood disaster.

"I think we managed it well," Cr Perrett said yesterday, as he took a look at Kilkivan's disaster central, the Kilkivan Showgrounds, which were all but washed away by a raging Wide Bay Creek.

Pictures sent to Cr Perrett enabled him and the rest of the disaster management committee to see exactly what was happening.

"I could tell exactly what was needed because I knew the area.

"I'd bolted home when we heard the water was rising, grabbed some clothes and kissed the family goodbye so I could get into Gympie before it was too late."

The pictures and messages also helped The Gympie Times keep its readers informed, whichever side of the flood waters they were on.

Combined with The Gympie Times website, phone technology meant that for the first time the paper was able to print photographs from isolated parts of its region and provide vital information on flood heights.

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