Repatriation Of Evacuees To Commence Tomorrow

NT Government
Media Release

Territory Emergency Operations Centre Borroloola evacuees to go home

More than 300 residents who were evacuated from Borroloola in the aftermath of Cyclone Megan last week will be repatriated home this weekend.

Three buses will depart Foskey Pavilion from 8pm on Friday night, transporting approximately 180 people home by road.

The remaining evacuees – older people, the medically vulnerable and very young families with children under 3 years – will be flown to McArthur River Mine of Saturday afternoon, and from there they will be bussed home.

Incident Controller Superintendent Neil Hayes said, “Anyone who was evacuated from Borroloola but made their own arrangements in Darwin, who wants to go home tomorrow, needs to contact the call centre today on 1800 888 901 and make sure they are registered to travel home.

“If you don’t take this opportunity, you will need to cover your own travel costs to get home.

“This morning, we closed the shelter at Borroloola. The facility will be cleaned over coming days so that school can reopen as normal for Term 2 after the Easter Break.

“Once the final evacuees leave Foskey Pavilion on Saturday, that facility will also close, and this event will transition into the recovery phase.”

Supt Hayes thanked all the agencies and staff that have been involved in the response to Cyclone Megan.

“But it is timely to remind people that the Wet season is not over – everyone needs to ensure they have an emergency kit, and if you’re planning on heading out this Easter break, please make sure you check the road conditions before you go, and drive with caution.”

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