Tropical Cyclone Debbie affected almost the entire east coast of Australia late March 2017, reaching a Category Four system when it made landfall.

While fortunately no Auswide Bank branches were damaged, communities were affected across many parts of Queensland.

Debbie caused winds of up to 263kph over the Whitsunday Islands, heavy rainfall and power outages and floods across Queensland and Northern New South Wales. In Mackay, the Pioneer River catchment received over 1000mm of rain in 48 hours. To put into context, the catchment usually sees between 1500 to 2000mm in an entire year.

During the cyclone and its after effects as a tropical low system, bringing intense winds and rain and forcing several branches in North Queensland, Central Queensland and South East Queensland to close.

With our origins in Central Queensland, Auswide Bank and its communities are no strangers to tropical cyclones. While the impact of these severe weather systems can be devastating, the resilience of all Queenslanders is simply remarkable.

The clean up is ongoing and Auswide Bank continues to support the Salvation Army with the recovery from Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Auswide Bank made a donation to the cause as well as setting up a Cyclone Appeal where any of the public was able to donate to this worthy cause.

From all the staff at Auswide Bank, we would like to send our best wishes to all of our customers and communities that have been affected and that everyone who has donated to the Cyclone Appeal.