Issue 3
Monday, 30 April 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Aidan Oakley, Bob Maxwell, Khai Liang Khor, Jensen Norris and Bill McGuinness at the fallen Banyan Fig near the library
From left: Aidan Oakley, Bob Maxwell, Khai Liang Khor, Jensen Norris and Bill McGuinness at the fallen Banyan Fig near the library

Mammoth cyclone clean up continues on campus

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Six truckloads of debris had been hauled from Casuarina campus even before sunset on the day Cyclone Marcus made a direct hit on Darwin.

While more than 500 tonnes of debris have been removed and stockpiled since, there’s still up to six months of work remaining.

“It was chaos; massive trees, branches and debris blocked roads, walkways and carparks,” Bill McGuinness, Director of Facilities Management, said.

A few Grounds staff were on hand and Mr McGuinness asked if they would help out. 

“There was no hesitation; the guys were terrific and moved about 30 tonnes of debris within a matter of hours,” he said. “Our priority was to clear the roads and carparks to ensure everyone’s safety.”

About 250 mature trees (primarily Gums, Banyan Figs and African Mahoganies) were uprooted at Casuarina, with six down at Palmerston campus. Both campuses sustained little damage to buildings. 

The university will review its tree register and yearly tree management plan before revegetating the campus. Planting will start at the beginning of next wet season. 

Mr McGuinness thanked the Facilities Management staff for their hard work and commitment: the Grounds team led by Jon Gibson and Jensen Norris, the Security team led by John Dowd, the Property Management team led by Adam Cullen, the Space Management team led by Anthony Schuman, and the Building Service Operations Manager Stan Krnjic.