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Cyclone Marcia damage focus at Lagoon breakfast

THE winds might have stopped months ago but the emotional damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Marcia is still being felt by the people of Rockhampton.

Weather forecaster Mike Griffin said Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect survivors of extreme weather events and the sharing of experiences can assist the healing process.

Mr Griffin will be sharing stories about extreme weather events and their mental and physical impacts, including Cyclone Marcia and the current drought gripping Queensland, when he speaks at the annual Breakfast at the Lagoon Event at Shalom Carinity Aged Care on May 9.

"There were around 350 homes destroyed in the Rockhampton/Yeppoon region and another 600 were severely damaged. This widespread destruction can be traumatic to witness," Mr Griffin said.

"I am aware of people having anxiety attacks at storm warnings and hiding under desks or beds when thunderstorms are happening after witnessing major cyclones such as Yasi, Oswald and Marcia."

"I will also be open to questions regarding the drought in Western Queensland."

Breakfast at the Lagoon is an annual community event run by the Friends of Shalom to raise funds for enhancing facilities, recreational amenities and residents' needs at Carinity Aged Care.

The venue is at the lagoon under a large marquee where bird expert Keith Ireland will also as speak about the Rotary Birds of Australia Calendar for 2015.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the bird life on show at the lagoon where a telescope will be available for close up viewing.

The breakfast starts at 7.30am and includes sausage, eggs, grilled tomato and onion plus jam and toast.

For catering purposes call 49239500 between 9am and 4pm or 49279019 outside of business hours.

Shalom breakfast

When: May 9

Starts: 7.30am

Address: 121 Maloney St, Nth R'ton

Cost: Adults $7 U13 $5



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