Lindsay has returned from FNQ having taken up the challenge to create structures over aquaculture projects that withstand the cyclone season.
We have Previously designed and supplied canopies in FNQ, but as Tropical Cyclone YASI is the new benchmark, Lindsay has his work cut out for him.
Cyclone Yasi was the second major cyclone to hit north Queensland in four days, as it had already survived category two, cyclone Anthony, which crossed the coast on January 30.
Authorities said Cyclone Anthony was a "good test run for the region's emergency services" as Yasi was already brewing in the Pacific Ocean as a much larger storm.
February 3, 2011, Cyclone YASI crossed the coast near Mission Beach, between Cairns and Townsville. The massive storm destroyed homes, shredded crops and smashed marinas and island resorts as it roared ashore.
Not only a test run for emergency services though, the challenge, has been set for creators of infrastructure for the region. Yasi shattered lives and caused more than 800 million in damage
The NetPro structures in the area survived YASI, all be it without the netting. New designs for aquaculture will be shorter in height to allow winds to pass over them rather than swirl underneath and tear the net from the wire.
The considerations of pole and anchor placement, the access for vehicles between ponds, access for harvesting, access for equipment to gain entry for cleaning dams are all considerations, requiring new and creative approaches to combat the threat of another YASI.