Following Council’s decision to collect green waste as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcus, Official Manager Mark Blackburn publicly recognised the assistance provided by personnel from the Australian Defence Force and US Marines.

“There remains significant work to clear our streets and parks, and to see our community coming together to help friends, neighbours and even strangers during this time has been remarkable.

To date, Council has received 450 requests for assistance and while we expect this number to increase, the response from our community has been amazing.

The Australian Defence Force and US Marines have been assisting Council contractors with our recovery efforts to remove the large amounts of green waste from verges,” he said.

To show the community’s appreciation of their efforts, Council Officers continues to distribute drinks and ice blocks to all those working on our streets including contractors following Coles Oasis generous donation of ice blocks. Council also acknowledges the staff at the Palmerston Swimming & Fitness Centre for hosting the troops for lunch.

Works commenced in Moulden, Driver and Durack on Monday this week and are approximately 60% complete. The next suburbs to be attended will be Gray and Woodroffe and all other suburbs will be attended to as soon as practicable. Regular updates will be provided for residents on Council’s Facebook page and website.

Official Manager Mark Blackburn has requested that to assist our contractors and Defence personnel, and for the recovery process to move as quickly as possible, residents only place green waste that is a result of the impact of Tropical Cyclone Marcus on the verge.

“Other green waste can continue to be taken to the Archer Recycling Centre & Waste Transfer Station, which is free and open daily from 8am to 6pm,” he reminded residents.

Council has also sourced a separate green waste area for our contractors and Defence personnel to use to ensure residents can access Archer as quickly and easily as possible. Council thanks Mr Peter Lapira for generously providing this additional area being utilised by Defence personnel in the recovery of Tropical Cyclone Marcus.