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CQUni gives shelter after storm for QFRS

Published:23 February 2015

Members of Queensland's Fire and Rescue Service get a feed at CQUniversity Rockhampton North student residence.

CQUniversity campuses in Rockhampton and Yeppoon will stay closed on Tuesday, as the clean-up from Tropical Cyclone Marcia continues.

TAFE students, apprentices and employers scheduled for classes at CQUniversity Rockhampton City campus and Yeppoon Study Centre are advised that all classes and block training will not be held this week.

Students, employers and schools will be contacted individually to arrange rescheduling.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said while the closure was frustrating, but safety was the first priority.

"We've had numerous walkways and carparks blocked by fallen trees, and until those are cleared it simply isn't safe to return to business as usual," Professor Bowman said.

Rockhampton North and City campuses, and the Yeppoon Study Centre, will remain fully closed on Tuesday, while Biloela Study Centre will reopen. All other CQUniversity campuses are operating as normal.

Call for volunteers at CQUni Rockhampton North

CQUniversity Rockhampton North campus has seen the most widespread damage, and volunteers are asked to meet at Building 3 at 8am on Tuesday if they are able to help with the clean-up.

"We had more than 50 staff and students help with moving branches and downed trees on Monday, and they've made great inroads – but this is tough work, so it will take another day."

Volunteers are advised to wear protective clothing and footwear, and to bring drinking water and sunscreen.

Student Advice Team back online as plans continue for O Week next week

Students who have enrolled or are enrolling with CQUniversity in 2015 can still get the support they need, with vital phone support restored on Monday morning.

A skeleton staff is manning the 13 27 86 hotline, to take enquiries about enrolment, program advice, and course sign-up.

CQUniversity asks for patience if students experience longer than average wait times if they need to call the service prior to Wednesday.  

Meanwhile, orientation activities for new students are expected to continue as planned next week.

O Week for Rockhampton North campus begins on Tuesday, March 3 for international students, and Wednesday, March 4 for domestic students.

Activities will include free tours, music, markets, yoga and meals for new and returning students, as well as program workshops, and an information session for parents.  

CQUni gives emergency workers shelter after the storm

More than 60 frontline emergency workers are staying at CQUniversity's residential Capricorn College, and have welcomed the free hospitality as they tackle the huge recovery job.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services team arrived on the weekend, with free accommodation and meals provided by CQUni.

"CQUniversity had to close ten campuses as Tropical Cyclone Marcia bore down, and four of those campuses suffered a direct hit," Professor Bowman said.

"But the damage we've suffered is nothing compared to so many families, whose homes have been devastated.

"CQUniversity wants to support those people however we can, so we jumped at the chance to host the frontline workers who are so crucial to this recovery.

"The influx of workers and volunteers from across the state has been incredible, and it's making a huge difference to our communities."

The QFES workers will be hosted at CQUni Rockhampton until Wednesday.