Port and CQUni Gladstone fuel community spirit in TC Marcia clean-up

Published:26 February 2015

CQUniversity's Daniel Bartlett puts donated fuel to use for the CQUni Rockhampton North cyclone recovery.

A desperate appeal for diesel to fire generators supporting CQUniversity's servers has delivered a boost for the community clean-up too, thanks to Gladstone Ports Corporation.

CQUni Gladstone made contact with the GPC on Monday, after CQuni's cyclone recovery coordinators in Rockhampton were struggling to source a supply of fuel to power its generators in Rockhampton.  

The servers support thousands of staff and students across 24 locations around Australia, and are vital to allow new students to enrol ahead of O Week next week.

In just hours, GPC Operational Systems Manager Brian Jobling was able to secure a 5000-litre truck – and with CQUniversity only requiring 2800 litres, a call to Rockhampton Regional Council saw the rest donated to frontline SES recovery operations.

CQUni Associate Vice-Chancellor (Gladstone Region) Professor Owen Nevin said the quick assistance was much appreciated, with delivery made on Monday night.

"Everyone in Gladstone realises we were lucky that the worst of the cyclone missed us – and it's been heart-warming to see the generosity of Gladstone Ports Corporation, in supporting the recovery in Rockhampton," Professor Nevin said.

"In all our regions, CQUniversity is focused on supporting and giving back to our communities - and we always appreciate the on-going support of local industry and business to achieve that."

As well as staging major clean-ups at its Rockhampton and Yeppoon campuses, CQUniversity is also supporting the frontline recovery, with more than 60 emergency workers staying at CQUniversity's residential Capricorn College.

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