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Far North Queensland Challenge

Varinia Sowden - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

 

 

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Bill Hatton - Rewards Group Ltd.

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I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." Since 2001, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals.

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Renato Andreatta - Granite Belt

"I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." To date, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals since 2001."

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