Gove Peninsula Surf Club win NT Club of the Year

Tonight SLSNT Awards Night is underway.

Your Gove Peninsula Surf Club won NT Club of the Year.

While this may not be horrendously exciting as there are only three clubs in the NT, it does mean we get a crack at the National Life Saving Club of the Year in October this year.

Now that is exciting. I think we have a pretty good chance.

-Small club in a small town in the NT.
-Badly affected by fire that destroyed all our equipment.
-Cyclone damage to rock wall and fence.
-Curtailment of plant and associated loss of people and members from town.
-Over $1 Million dollars spent in 2017/18
– A club that has continued to thrive despite adversity.

I think we have a great story to tell on a national level.

Thanks to Michael Stimpson, Mikey Rogers and Jezza Kee for making the pilgrimage to Darwin to receive this award on behalf of the club.

Nhulunbuy should be very proud. Bring on the national award in October 2018!!!!!!!!

Cyclones didn’t stop Nhulunbuy riders competing at Australian BMX titles

Cyclone Marcus’ wrath was felt far and wide across the Territory but it did not stop a group of talented Territory BMX riders recently competing at the Australian BMX titles in Bunbury, Western Australia.

“We had a group of riders due to fly out of Nhulunbuy on Saturday 17 March, but Cyclone Marcus forced the cancellation of all flights out that day and it meant that our riders didn’t think they’d make it to the titles in time to compete,” Nhulunbuy Club President, Paul Mery said last week.

However, Marcus did not stand in their way and the group arrived in the early hours of Monday morning to join the team of 29 Territory competitors who raced at the events.

BMXNT Chair, Kylee Carter, said four Territory BMX clubs had riders at the event including Nhulunbuy (6 riders), Jingili (Darwin) – 15 riders, Satellite City (Palmerston) – 6 riders and Red Centre (Alice Springs) had 2.

“We had 12 female riders and 17 male riders competing in categories from ‘Sprockets’ (5-7 year olds) to riders in the 50 years plus class,” she said.

“Competing at the National Championship is a big deal as it is the largest event on the Australian BMX calendar with just over 1300 race nominations.

Mrs Carter said, that after months of training and preparations, attending this event was quite daunting – but also very exciting – for many of the NT competitors.

“A national championship event like this one gives our riders the opportunity to challenge themselves and reach new personal goals.

“Equally important are the life skills the riders get from their training, goal-setting, budgeting and travelling to new places. The perseverance and dedication these riders have shown is a credit to their clubs and parents,” she said.

BMX riding is classified as an extreme sport but the NT competitors were lucky enough to largely escape without too many serious injuries.

“Poppy Goat injured her elbow, Taj Sartori broke an arm and Jacob Mery was hurt in a crash early in the week, but we came home largely unscathed,” Kylee said.

Nhulunbuy BMX Club President, Paul Mery said he was proud of the team’s efforts at the event.

“We didn’t land a medal place at the event but what the kids (and parents) experienced in Bunbury was more than worth all of the time, cost and planning it took to get there,” he said.

The team’s next big event will be the NT Titles to be held in Nhulunbuy (October 3-6) on the club’s new track and facilities generously provided by a grant from the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.  Information on this event is available at nhulunbuybmx.com.au/nt-titles-2018

 

BREAK out box:

The NT athletes that made it into the main final of their class (listed from the most successful at the top):

  • Mickayla Perkins 15 year Girls. 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes, 1st Nationals 24″ bikes, 5th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Ian Orr 13 year Boys 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes. 3rd National 20″ bikes.
  • Caitlin Jong 13 year Girls 1st Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd National 24″ bikes,  2nd Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Yasmin Ford 13 years Girls 2nd Oceania 20″ bikes.3rd Oceania 24″ bikes,  6th Nationals 24″ bikes, 7th Nationals 20″ bikes.
  • Catherine Carter 13 years Girls 7th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″bikes, 7th Nationals 24″bikes.
  • Jason Eecen 50+ years Men 4th Oceania 20″ bikes, 3rd Oceania 24″ bikes, 6th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Kyla Sartori 10 year Girls 8th Oceania 20″, 5th Nationals 24″ bikes.
  • Maddison Walker 8 year Girls 5th Oceania 20″ bikes.
  • Isabel Spooner 13 year Girls 4thOceania 24″.
  • Taj Sartori 9 year Boys 8th Oceania  20″ bikes.
  • Hayden Russell 15 year Boys 6th Oceania 24″ bikes.

 

Story by Kylie Abood kyliemsa@gmail.com Images Courtesy BMX Australia

Make Fares Fairer – by Luke Gosling OAM MP

Northern prosperity translates to national prosperity. Strategic investment in the north yields enormous dividends for the nation as a whole. The north has 5% of the Australian population, but accounts for 50% of our nation’s exports. We need to grow the population of the Top End and develop the Territory’s infrastructure to support the pursuit of our national interests and provide a forward base for regional engagement.

We cannot continue our journey down this prosperous road without efficient, affordable air travel within the Territory, to capital cities down south, as well as into Asia and beyond. Better ‘connectivity’ with the south will boost tourism and enable people to stay in touch with family and friends across the country. This will help us retain people with professional and technical skills that assist the Territory to grow and develop.

Federal Labor established a Senate Committee Inquiry into regional air services, recognising the effect of unaffordable airfares on the development of northern and regional Australia.

My colleagues Warren Snowdon, Malarndirri McCarthy and I advocated for the Inquiry to hold a public hearing in Darwin. A hearing was held at the Novotel Darwin Airport on Thursday, and the Inquiry Committee was able to hear evidence from the Territory’s commerce and tourism sectors, Northern Territory Airports, amongst others.

To ensure that Territorian’s experiences were heard by the Inquiry, I established FairFaresNT – an online platform to collect the stories of Territorians who have had unfair and often frustrating experiences with air travel. This evidence was presented in summary to the Committee.

These were accounts from ordinary Territorians, like the heart-wrenching account of a woman who couldn’t afford to fly her family down south to say goodbye to her elderly nana, who had been badly injured in a fall the week before Christmas day.

A Darwin resident questioned how it was possible that their trip to Sydney return economy was $1400, when they were able to fly the same airline to Chile for $1099 return.

We heard from skilled workers who moved to live in remote locations, but eventually gave up their jobs because of the exorbitant costs of flying to Darwin and then on to see their families in Melbourne or Sydney.

The Territory will continue to face challenges attracting and retaining a skilled workforce while airfares are unaffordable.

The punitive costs of travelling to and from regional centres like Alice Springs, Gove, and Groote Eylandt were highlighted. The unrealistic prices of airfares to Dili in nearby Timor-Leste were also cited as being a significant obstacle to the economic development of one of our closest neighbours, and an obstacle to the associated benefits for Darwin.

We know how important the tourism industry is to the economy of the Territory. That’s why we were dismayed to hear from a Darwin-based travel agent who explained that she had to consistently put together travel packages to Asian – rather than Australian – destinations. It’s a tragedy that Australians wanting to see some of the most magnificent landscapes of their own country cannot afford to do so.

I have some ideas about how to address accessibility and travel to Darwin and Alice Springs and will be workshopping them at the upcoming Tourism IdeasFest to be held at Darwin Airport on Saturday 28th of April. People from the tourism industry and from the broader public will gather to generate innovative ideas and seek to solve problems holding back this critically important industry in the Territory. (Full details about the Tourism IdeasFest are available from www.topendideasfest.com)

I believe the tourism industry in the NT has a vibrant future, based around two world-class natural heritage sites at Uluru and Kakadu, Litchfield and major events like the Darwin Cup, the V8’s, Indigenous cultural tourism and military heritage tourism. If we build it they will come – provided they can afford the airfares!

We are advised that at Christmas, Easter, and the Darwin Cup weekend, airfares will be inflated because of the high demand at these peak times. This thinking stacks up alright against the basic principles of ‘supply and demand’ and passengers may have a degree of tolerance for this rationale.

However, the same potential passengers have trouble swallowing the idea that at times of low demand it is necessary to increase the price of tickets because the fixed costs – fuel, maintenance, etc. – have to be spread across a smaller number of passengers. It’s easy to understand why the public is cynical. It begins to seem like ‘transport economics’ is three parts science and one part voodoo.

The Senate Committee heard evidence that Darwin Airport charges are not a significant driver of higher air-ticket prices. It would be interesting to hear why other comparable airports like Cairns and Townsville seem to have significantly lower airport charges than Darwin, and the airlines also offer lower airfares for apparently comparable journeys.

We understand that airports and airlines are businesses that need to operate efficiently so that they can employ staff and pay dividends to shareholders. The Darwin International Airport presented to the Inquiry and told their story. However, more accountability and transparency from airlines is needed. They need to come clean with the travelling public and explain exactly how the prices are set, and why there are such apparent discrepancies between apparently similar locations.

I call on the airlines to ‘sharpen their pencils’, or in other words: give Territorians a fair go. This isn’t about party politics. We need a serious and strong approach to growing the north to benefit the nation and we need these stakeholders to play their part.

by Luke Gosling OAM MP

Published in the Sunday Territorian, April 8 2018

Prince of Wales Inn Yirrkala

During a two-day stay, Prince Charles will fly to Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, where he will receive a traditional welcome to country.

The Prince is also expected to meet traditional owners of the region.

He will then visit artists and see artworks at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in the small Indigenous community of Yirrkala, before flying to Darwin.

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Nhulunbuy space project naysayers will deter investors to Arnhem land, Indigenous group warns

Negative commentary about plans for Australia’s first commercial space centre could dissuade other prospective investors to the East Arnhem land region, a local Indigenous group has warned.

Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula criticised the NT Government for pushing the project, claiming “people out there [around Nhulunbuy] are not interested”.

“There’s enough trouble in the homelands out there already without this industry coming in that’s providing big dollar signs to the rest of the world … to Australia.”

Now Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation’s Klaus Helms has warned other investors from various industries are likely to be watching.

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Rugby League star takes out NT Sportsperson of the Year

From humble beginnings as a junior player in Nhulunbuy to representing Australia in the Rugby League World Cup, this year’s NT Sportsperson of the Year, Will Chambers, has shown exceptional skill and talent throughout his career.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said this award cemented Mr Chambers place in the history books of NT Sport.

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15 Nora Now Cat 3

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 15

Issued at 8:01 pm ACST [8:31 pm AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora has intensified to a Category 3 system.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy ,and Gilbert River Mouth to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Gilbert River Mouth.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora at 6:30 pm ACST [7:00 pm AEST]:

Intensity: Category 3, sustained winds near the centre of 120 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 165 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 20 kilometres of 10.9 degrees South 138.4 degrees East, estimated to be 230 kilometres northeast of Nhulunbuy and 425 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: southeast at 24 kilometres per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Nora has reached Category 3 strength. Nora has started taking a more southeasterly track, heading into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The system is continuing to instensify and is expected to reach Category 4 during Saturday while over the northeast Gulf of Carpentaria. On Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone is expected to take a more southerly track and move close to the southeastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, although a coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Mapoon during Saturday or Sunday is also quite possible.

Hazards:

The risk of GALES, with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour, is easing for the Northern Territory, but may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, for a period tonight before midnight.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early on Saturday. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and Gilbert River Mouth later on Saturday, and between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, overnight Saturday and during Sunday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 155 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Aurukun, including Weipa, during Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone continues to track east southeasterly. Destructive winds may develop between Aurukun and Pormpuraaw later on Saturday or early Sunday. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts to 270 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, during Saturday, if the cyclone does not begin to track more southerly on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the cyclone approaches the coast, a storm tide is expected between Mapoon and Gilbert River Mouth. Large waves may produce minor flooding along the foreshore. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible and be prepared to help their neighbours.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and shelter as the conditions deteriorate

– Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm

– Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal flooding may occur

People between Thursday Island and Gilbert River Mouth, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 11:30 pm.

People between Gilbert River Mouth and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 11:30 pm.

– Information is available from your local government

– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

– For emergency assistance call the state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au

Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [11:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 13

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 13

Issued at 1:52 pm ACST [2:22 pm AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Nora, continues to intensify, and has started taking a more southeastrely track.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy and Pormpuraaw to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 12:30 pm ACST [1:00 pm AEST]:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 35 kilometres of 10.1 degrees South 137.4 degrees East, estimated to be 245 kilometres north northeast of Nhulunbuy and 560 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is undergoing rapid intensification, and has recently increased its rate of movement. Nora has started taking a more southeasterly track, heading towards the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is currently moving to the east southeast, and is tracking towards the northern Gulf of Carpentaria. The system has intensified to Category 2 and is expected to reach Category 3 in the next 12-24 hours. By Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone is likely to be located over the central or southern Gulf of Carpentaria. A coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.

Hazards:

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, during today if the system takes a slightly more southerly track than forecast.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, tonight. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone takes a more easterly track than forecast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 170 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa during Saturday, if the cyclone tracks further east than forecast.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves will become possible about foreshore areas.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and shelter as the conditions deteriorate

– Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm

– Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal flooding may occur

People between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 5:30 pm.

People between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 5:30 pm.

– Information is available from your local government

– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

– For emergency assistance call the state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au

Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 5:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [5:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Northern Territory
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 12

Issued at 10:44 am ACST [11:14 am AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Tropical Cyclone Nora, located off the NT northeast coast, is now at category 2 and moving slowly east.

Areas Affected:

Warning Zone

Elcho Island to Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy and Pormpuraaw to Thursday Island, including Weipa.

Watch Zone

NT/Qld Border to Pormpuraaw.

Cancelled Zone

None.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Nora at 9:30 am ACST [10:00 am AEST]:

Intensity: Category 2, sustained winds near the centre of 95 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 130 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 9.9 degrees South 137.0 degrees East, estimated to be 260 kilometres north of Nhulunbuy and 610 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is undergoing rapid intensification, and is expected to turns southeast today and move into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tropical Cyclone Nora is currently moving slowly eastwards but will begin a more southeasterly path during today and Saturday into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The system has intensified to Category 2 today and is expected to reach Category 3 in the next 24 hours. By Sunday, the Tropical Cyclone will most likely be located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. A coastal crossing anywhere along the western Cape York Peninsula south of Weipa during Saturday or Sunday is possible.

Hazards:

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy, during today if the system takes a slightly more southerly track than forecast.

GALES with gusts to 110 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, tonight. Gales may extend south between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border, including Mornington Island, on Saturday.

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, early Saturday if the Tropical Cyclone takes a more easterly track than forecast. VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds with gusts greater than 170 kilometres per hour may develop between Mapoon and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa later on Saturday.

HEAVY RAINFALL is forecast about Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula in the coming days and may extend to the Gulf Country of Queensland late Saturday and into Sunday, depending on the track of the Tropical Cyclone. Heavy rainfall could potentially lead to flash flooding in some areas.

As the system moves closer to the eastern Gulf of Carpentaria coast, abnormally high tides may develop in areas between Torres Strait and Karumba. Large waves will become possible about foreshore areas.

Recommended Action:

NTES advises communities between Elcho Island and Cape Shield, including Nhulunbuy:

– Prepare for gales and heavy rain during today and into this evening

– Finalise your home preparations

– Check your family, friends and neighbours understand and are prepared

– Move indoors and shelter as the conditions deteriorate

– Stay indoors and avoid travel during the storm

– Stay away from beaches and immediate coastal areas as dangerous coastal flooding may occur

People between Thursday Island and Pormpuraaw, including Weipa, should take precautions and listen to the next advice at 2:30 pm.

People between Pormpuraaw and the NT/Qld Border should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases, and listen to the next advice at 2:30 pm.

– Information is available from your local government

– For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland’s Disaster Management Services website (www.disaster.qld.gov.au)

– For emergency assistance call the state emergency service on 132 500 (for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage).

Further advice on cyclone emergencies is available at www.securent.nt.gov.au

Please ensure that friends, family and neighbours have heard and understood this message, particularly new arrivals to the area.

Next Advice:

The next advice will be issued by 2:00 pm ACST Friday 23 March [2:30 pm AEST Friday 23 March].

This advice is available on telephone NT-1300 659 211 and QLD-1300 659 212

A map showing the track of the cyclone is available at: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone