ADF flies students and teachers back to school in flood-ravaged WA
, 2023-02-01 21:26:38,
As students and teachers across the country returned to school for the year, the Australian Defence Force played a key role getting term one under way in Western Australia’s flood-hit far north.
- Teachers are making their way back to WA’s north after flooding cut off major transport routes
- Staff are travelling via plane and helicopter to start the school year
- The government is working to repair homes and roads
Travelling by air was the only option for education staff working in the central Kimberley after floodwaters cut off main roads to remote schools around Fitzroy Crossing.
The wet-weather caused extensive damage to homes and key infrastructure and left residents devastated and displaced.
The Australian Defence Force provided an aircraft to take staff and students back to the region to start the school year.
Brooke Adam, the vice-principle at Bayulu Remote Community School, about 20 kilometres out of Fitzroy Crossing, was one of 12 teachers who travelled to the isolated community.
She said it had been a challenge, but staff were in good spirits.
“We’re very lucky that everything is starting to go back to normal,” she said.
“It’s definitely increased the workload, but everyone’s just really excited to get back into it and see the kids.”
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