The Storm – A thank you and who and what was affected!

Growing up in Sydney (especially in the summer during my teenage years) storms were common. You would feel the temperature drop, the wind travel across the bay and the front has arrived! Sometimes there was a sound preceding the wind, followed by what we called a squall – rain and wind combined.

A little history; since leaving Sydney in my late teenage years to study in Newcastle I have witnessed more savage storms; in 1974 -The ‘Sygna’ storm, 2007 – The ‘Pasha Bulker’ storm and now in April 2015 – we don’t have a ship run aground huh, so what to name this one? Let’s just call it ‘The Storm’. (TS).

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Ken Strong | Woolloomooloo Finger Wharves

All this preamble is to give the reader a reference of past awareness of storms and the follow up of support services I have witnessed. Please don’t think I’m a storm watcher or a purveyor thereof. Simply I was caught and affected by the storm like thousands of others – these are my observations!

The aftermath of TS as I saw it was the active mobilisation of SES teams across the effected areas in both the urban and rural districts. Combined with ambulance and health teams, Police, Fire Brigade response, Westpac helicopter, lives were saved and precarious situations for people and property were resolved as best they could! These organisations and the people involved worked effectively and efficiently in difficult weather and emotional situations, acting in unison for the betterment of humankind.

I’m reminded of how fortunate we are living in this country offering trained and experienced professionals, working for the relief of others.

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David Beschi | A Winters Night

A big thank you I’m sure especially from all those directly effected and those who managed to avoid a situation as a result of these service provided goes to so many. Many of us will never know how we or our property were saved, protected or managed during TS. This band of workers is not looking for praise or adulations, but focusing on the need before them and the realisation their work is vital on so many fronts.

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William Dobell | Storm Over Wangi

Many words or phrases come to mind for these Australians – rescuers and the rescued or those affected. Frustration comes in the waiting, observation of what has taken place and the outcome – the disbelief of this event happening! Obviously the support services prioritise the most needy and desperate. Dealing with the wait, confused messages or none and not knowing can be so challenging.

Relief and thank you, are those words where one’s plight has been rectified, assisted or life saved. Shock and dismay are the emotional responses for life/lives lost, injury to family, friends and property affected.

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Rod Bathgate| Storm Waves

Change at a pace we never expect may mean we need to adjust and respond to the outcomes presented after a storm event! The sheer enormity of addressing ones life, property or care for others, wishing to find stability and comfort again can be overwhelming! For many it can never be as before and they can never reconcile with change. All understandable and a reminder to us all of the sensitivity required dealing with all effected. Time being the only word to apply is repair.

On a business note if you have artwork you are concerned about needing obvious restoration, or review or an opinion because your insurer is questioning the need for an evaluation. Please contact the writer in gallery hours. Often attending to water damage with artwork sooner is an advantage.

You may need an appraisal if you are concerned about your artwork in any way – the surface, framing or presentation. It will take a short time to assess your artwork such that I can identify if it needs attention. Insurance reports can be prepared such that your claim will be treated appropriately.

Yours in art,
Mark Widdup
CHG Director

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