Barry Paterson reports: We drove down to Innisfail today. It was quite a shock, despite having seen the footage on TV. Thousand of trees have been stripped of their leaves. Many, many houses have brightly coloured tarpaulins to keep the rain out.
On a Sunday morning the Army was very busy clearing up the enormous amounts of debris from the cyclone. Our St Alban's Church suffered some damage but the church hall next door was devastated. It will be sorely missed as a valuable community asset.
Thankfully, while the Mourilyan Sugar Mill was destroyed, the South Johnstone (Innisfail), Babinda and Mulgrave (Gordonvale) Mills were saved and the sugar is beginning to stand up again so there will be a harvest. Not so for the bananas - green bunches of bananas litter the landscape.
It was a desolate scene. But people were working hard to clean up the place and seemed in good spirits. Thank God for that. Please keep the people of the whole Johnstone Shire (based on Innisfail) in your thoughts and prayers.