Issue 11
Monday, 04 July 2016
Charles Darwin University
A rainbow over an Alice Springs campus covered in hail
A rainbow over an Alice Springs campus covered in hail

Alice campus back on feet after hail storm

By Patrick Nelson

Charles Darwin University staff rolled up their sleeves and helped tidy Alice Springs campus in the wake of a wild hail storm that left the Red Centre looking like a southern snow field.

The surprise storm, which struck late on a Friday afternoon, caused pockets of damage to the campus and forced the temporary suspension of VET classes the following Monday. 

Acting campus manager Mike Keating said that while ceilings, carpets and trees had sustained damage, the good news was that no one had been hurt.

“I’m especially grateful to the many members of staff who suspended their regular duties to help the facilities staff with the clean-up,” Mr Keating said.

“Not only did we achieve a lot in a short space of time, but we saw a generous display of community spirit.

“Disruptions were kept to a minimum and we were able to resume teaching on the Tuesday.”

Mr Keating said the storm forced the closure of the library, and the removal of its collection, which has been temporarily relocated in the Desert Lantern Restaurant.

“Students have been redirected to computer labs in the higher education building or business central.”