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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: January 17th 2011


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:: Queensland Flood Disaster - Impact on the JK Centre

As many will be aware, Queensland has, in the last three weeks, experienced major flooding across 75% of the state. Brisbane has also been severely affected with 11,900 homes and 2,500 businesses completely flooded and a further 14,700 homes and 2,500 businesses partially flooded. After last week’s river peak on Thursday 13 January 2011, Friday saw the beginning of a massive clean-up operation across Brisbane and Ipswich which will continue for some time. The impact of this disaster both from a personal and business perspective is enormous with many flow-on effects predicted.

In a joint statement, Dr Sarah Schwarz (acting CEO of JKTech) and Professor Geoff Gault (Director of the JKMRC), reported that all staff and students at the JK Centre are safe, although a number have sustained damage to property and personal effects. “We are thankful that all staff and students are safe and we will continue to support those who have been adversely affected by the flood."

The JK Centre at Indooroopilly in Brisbane (housing both JKTech and JKMRC) was unaffected apart from some power outages that made email communication during the past week difficult. Incoming telephone calls have also been impacted. Power has now been fully restored and, apart from those personally affected; it is effectively business as usual for both JKTech and JKMRC.

The JKTech Geometallurgical Laboratory facility situated at Sumner Park in Brisbane’s western suburbs, suffered severe flood ingress. A recovery program is currently underway to ensure that the facility will be operational as soon as possible. In the meantime, laboratory testing activities will be relocated to the JK Pilot Plant. Customers who may be affected by this will be contacted regarding their individual projects.

We appreciate all the messages of support that we have received from our business partners and customers, and assure you that we are ready to continue offering the services for which JKTech and JKMRC are renowned.




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