Summer of heartbreak at many Adventist sites

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Crosslands has been one of the sites significantly impacted by recent weather events. (Credit: Jonathan Hale)

This summer’s devastating bushfires and storms in Australia have impacted at least 31 Seventh-day Adventist sites, including schools, churches and aged care entities.

The damage has ranged from minor—flooding of carpets and collapsed ceilings—to significant, such as the extensive flooding that occurred at Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre just over a week ago.

Risk Management Service (RMS) administers the insurance program for the Adventist Church in the South Pacific and helps Adventist organisations with safety and risk management. It is working with these sites to help them get the damage rectified as quickly as possible.

Hailstones from a recent storm in Canberra, ACT. (Credit: Gavin Howe)

“It is tragic to see such widespread damage to property,” RMS manager Jonathan Hale said.

“Risk Management Service is here to help Adventist sites get back to business after loss events like this and we are in constant contact with our insurance providers advocating on the Church’s behalf for prioritised attention.

“We appreciate the selfless effort that volunteers put in to assist with the clean up and make sites safe. Our priority is to enable these sites to get back to the business of mission as quickly as possible.”

As at 4pm yesterday (February 18), the sites impacted were:

North NSW

Avondale Schools

Central Coast Adventist School

Manning Adventist School

Schools Company Offices, Cooranbong

Blue Hills College, Lismore

Adventist Senior Living, Cooranbong

Tumbulgum Adventist Church

Wingham Adventist Church

Port Macquarie Adventist School

Tweed Valley Adventist College, Murwillumbah

Greater Sydney

Adventist Aged Care, Normanhurst

Adventist Aged Care, Kings Langley

Ashfield Adventist Church

Blacktown SDA Church

Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre

Parramatta Adventist Church

Sydney Adventist School Auburn

Wahroonga Adventist Church

Wetherill Park Spanish Adventist Church

South NSW

Canberra Christian School

Canberra National Adventist Church

South Canberra Adventist Church

South NSW Conference offices

South Queensland

Adventist Book Centre, Kallangur

Logan City Samoan Church

Stanthorpe Adventist Church

South QLD Conference office

Watson Park Convention Centre, Dakabin

Noosa Christian College

South Pacific Division entities

South Pacific Division offices, Wahroonga

Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga