Queensland Flood Disaster – Impact on the JK Centre

17 Jan 2011

As many will be aware, Queensland has, in the last three weeks, experienced major flooding across 75% of the state. Brisbane has also been severely affected with 11,900 homes and 2,500 businesses completely flooded and 14,700 homes and 2,500 businesses partially flooded. After Thursday morning’s river peak, Friday saw the beginning of a massive clean-up operation across Brisbane and Ipswich which will continue for some time. 

The impact of this disaster both from a personal and business perspective is enormous with many flow-on effects predicted.In a joint statement, Dr Sarah Schwarz (acting CEO of JKTech) and Professor Geoff Gault (Director of the JKMRC), reported that all staff and students are safe, although a number have sustained damage to property and personal effects. “We are thankful that all staff and students are safe and will continue to support those who have experienced damage to property, in some cases extreme.”The JK Centre (housing both JKTech and JKMRC) was unaffected apart from some power outages that made communication during the past week difficult.

Power has now been fully restored and, apart from those personally affected; it is business as usual for both JKTech and JKMRC.The JKTech Geometallurgical Laboratory facility situated in Sumner Park suffered severe flood ingress. A program is currently underway to relocate work activities being carried out in the laboratory to the JK Pilot Plant. Customers who may be affected by this will be contacted regarding their individual projects.We appreciate all the messages of support that we have received from our business partners and customers, and assure you that we are fully operational again and ready to continue offering the services for which JKTech and JKMRC are renowned.