thanks you guys...
OK, to add more... the report that I have on the web site tells much but it is so involved. Backpackers from Europe
and north America flock up here for picking fruit and exploring the reef. Bananas were ready to pick around Innisfail and the labour force had gathered. But 100% wrecked, blown down. I hear figure of 70-80% of Australias banana crop. The people I went to help are OK. Their houses did better than most. A young couple with ten month old baby, their house OK though the one next door is a write off but no job now for Dad and he is worried... mortgage, food
, and most of all I suspect, pride. he is from Bali and new to the country, very hard working and doesn't want to be seen as a bum. It's a migrant thing. Another family
I went to help, he is sheet rock hanger.... he will be a very busy guy but his wife worked at the box factory... no fruit to box now. There was already a building boom in Queensland
and building trades in short supply but many are going to Innisfail, some to profit and some to help. Another family
I delivered a genny to, they just moved from Warren NSW, he started a new job as a butcher, worked 8 days... she was a news paper reporter in the small town they were from and she is unlikely to find work now. the paper will hurt because ad revenue will be down and the butcher is no more. They are staying in their parents house while mum and Dad run a pilot boat business on Thursday Island in Torres Straite, so at least they have a roof, but no work. Every house has a story. I only know a few well. so many others. They will do OK because there is much help and the spirits haven't been crushed by the grief of deaths like in the US.... bad luck good luck. The people of Innisfail know of the genuine good wishes from around the world, I passed on yours cpn K.