In the wake of the devastating Queensland floods and cyclone Yasi Kennards Hire mobilised equipment from its hire centres right around Australia to help with relief and rebuilding efforts.
While four of its branches were inundated by flood waters, and others were cut off, Kennards Hire was still able to respond quickly to the needs of victims and relief workers.
Kennards Hire branches at Indooroopilly and Rocklea sustained serious water damage, as did the Kennards Concrete Care and Kennards Lift & Shift outlets at Rocklea. However, they re-opened in a little over a week following a tremendous clean-up effort by local staff and a team from interstate.
John Tolmie, Chief Executive of the Kennards Hire Group, says with a total of 18 general and specialist equipment hire centres in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the company was in a good position to join others in providing much needed equipment.
He also says arrangements were quickly made for a dozen semi trailers, including B-doubles, to bring extra equipment from hire centres as far away as South Australia.
“The first shipments included natural disaster kits - storage containers, located strategically in each state, holding dozens of wet-dry vacuums, blower-dryers and dehumidifyers,” says Tolmie.
“There were also large numbers of generators, from 2kVA up to 100kVA, pumps, water blasters, carpet cleaners, utility lights, floor strippers, skid steer and mini skid steer loaders, mini excavators, mini loaders and trucks also sent to assist,“ he adds.
Mr Tolmie says Kennards Hire also purchased a range of new equipment, costing more than $600,000, including 4-series skid-steer loaders and 2-tonne and 6-tonne tip trucks.
“Including what was brought in from our interstate branches, we contributed more than a million dollars in extra equipment,” he says.
In response to cyclone Yasi, Kennards Hire dispatched three heavily-laden semi trailers to far north Queensland, with the first vehicle reaching Townsville hours before the destruction began.
A request from the State Disaster Co-ordination Centre also came in to Kennards Hire during preparations for cyclone Yasi requesting assistance with toilets, generators and portable air conditioners for a temporary hospital for evacuees situated at Brisbane Airport. The company's Virginia branch delivered the equipment just over an hour after the request was made.
Kennards Hire is now hiring equipment and vehicles for the large scale infrastructure rebuild, and has also announced a donation of $100,000 to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.