Cyclone season season came to Northern Australia this morning and Black Star was on hand to bring updates to communities on the East Coast of Cape York Peninsular and Gulf of Carpentaria Communities.
And in a freak of nature for Australia, a second cyclone, Marcia, was moving slowly from the Coral Sea and building to a category five storm. It was tracking toward the Queensland East Coast towns of Yapoon and Rockhampton. Black Star provided regular updates on both storms to listeners on the Black Star radio network.
LAM formed around Weipa earlier in the week and tracked into the Gulf as it intensified into a Category 4 system. At one stage the modeling indicated it was going to track southward towards Morninton Island and the lower Gulf communities of Doomadgee, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw. Luckily for people in those communities it took a westward direction, but communities in the NT suffered the full brunt of LAM as it crossed the coast early Friday morning.
Meanwhile, predictions on Thursday showed the track of Marcia heading inland and in the direction of Woorabinda by Friday morning. Black Star’s staff again swung into action and started filing reports and updates throughout Thursday night to keep the people of Worrabinda informed and updated on Marcia’s threatening movements.
Black Star Radio has the very unique ability to localize announcements and emergency warnings to any combination of its network. This proved to be an invaluable tool during this unprecedented double event that affected two distinct regions within Black Star’s network at the same time. We are extremely fortunate to have access to the technology that allows this level of detailed targeting of information within the network.
Black Star is a trusted source of information for remote Indigenous communities in Queensland and is featured in the Queensland State Governments 30 year communication plans for remote Queensland.