WHILE volunteers tried to help Rocky’s flood refugees, some evacuees were more concerned with sex and drugs.
Hormone-charged teenagers having sex in the Rockhampton evacuation centre was just one example of what the volunteers had to deal with during the January flood emergency.
In addition to the public sex romp at the CQUniversity sports hall, helpers were treated to three men returning from a trip to a hotel “smashed”, a man smoking marijuana and domestic disputes.
Inspector David Peff yesterday told the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry the city was flooded for so long that evacuees became irritable and there was tension at the official evacuation centre.
At its peak there were 187 people sleeping there.
Goodwill in the community ran out as the emergency dragged on, Insp Peff said.
He said there should be a code of conduct in future.
“There was no expectations of them,” he said of the evacuees.
“The need to evacuate and the media being here every day, and all the things that go on in a flood, in the first week or so the community were OK with that,” he said.
“It stopped being funny, it started to wear people down.”
Capricorn Region Salvation Army Captain Peter McGuigan, who worked in the Rockhampton evacuation centre, told The Morning Bulletin yesterday that a code of conduct would help set behaviour boundaries for evacuees in future emergencies.
Mr McGuigan said two teenagers at the Rockhampton centre were counselled about having sex in a public place and did not re-offend while three drunken men were very quickly dealt with.
“One of them fell straight asleep but the others were creating such a nuisance they were asked to leave for the night,” he said.
He said these types of incidents were the exception.
“Overall the centre was very well run and policed and for the majority of evacuees the behavioural standard was very good in circumstances not very conducive to having a good time,” he said.
“But people need to know what the boundaries are.”
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