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Posted 04 March 2019

Brisbane and Cairns teams help with Townsville floods

Menzies teams from Brisbane (BNE) and Cairns (CNS) gave much-needed assistance during recent floods in Townsville, Australia.

In early February, a monsoon and consequent heavy flooding hit Townsville on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. It was the worst flood ever recorded in the region, with more than 2 metres of rain in a 6-day period, and up to 20,000 homes evacuated.

Townsville Airport was forced to close, and routes from the south were submerged under flood waters, leaving the area without much-needed supplies and support services.

Menzies staff in BNE (1,300km from Townsville) and CNS (350km away) mobilised to help at only a few hours’ notice: Pacific Air Express implemented freight charter flights into CNS, containing urgently-needed medical, sanitary and food supplies. Over a 4-day period, 12 flights moved over 120,000kg of goods with the help of both Menzies teams.

Jorgen Faumui, Pacific Air Express General Manager, said: “Thank you so much to the BNE and CNS Menzies teams. This would not have been possible without you and your ‘can-do’ attitude.”

Greg Skinner, General Manager Cargo – Queensland and Northern Territory, said: “Our people worked tirelessly to ensure that these goods made it safely and securely into the flood-affected region, doubtless saving lives and providing much-needed relief to thousands of Townsville residents.”