Tag: Elcho Island

15 rescued from overloaded dinghy

Fifteen people, including five children, have arrived safely in Milingimbi after a 24-hour ordeal drifting on board a 4.4 metre aluminium dinghy without an engine.

Sergeant Andrew Hocking from the Water Police Section said the party was extremely fortunate to be found after launching from Elcho Island and heading for Milingimbi at 1:00pm on 2 July, Northern Territory Police say.

Trial tries to lift Aboriginal vote

When Joan M Dhamarrandji talks to people in Galiwin’ku about why they should participate in democracy and vote she tells them that electing leaders has been a part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years.

Ms Dhamarrandji, an Aboriginal woman from Galiwin’ku on tropical Elcho Island off the Arnhem Land coast, is working for the Australian Electoral Commission to educate people about how the democratic process works and why it is important.

Gurrumul (PG) – Film Review

Opening in cinemas at the same time as his final album tops the ARIA charts, this documentary offers an intimate look at the life of Gurrumul – the singer with an angelic voice who raised awareness of Yolngu culture around the world.

The contrast between crass commercial exploitation of musicians in the search for fame and record sales, and a genuine artist who was connected with his people, culture and country, is clearly documented. To see Gurrumul live was a heartwarming, exceptional experience because you knew you were in the presence of genius.

Gurrumul is a film for everyone, just as his music is: it is a film about triumph over adversity and the existence of hope in tragedy. It provides a glimpse of how respect for Indigenous culture may lead to a renewed relationship between the non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians, something which can only come from a true recognition, understanding and valuing of Indigenous people and culture.

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

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11

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 11

Issued at 7:56 am ACST [8:26 am AEST] on Friday 23 March 2018

Headline:

Tropical Cyclone Nora, located off the NT northeast coast, is slowly moving east and intensifying.

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 6:30 am ACST [7:00 am AEST]:

Intensity: Category 1, sustained winds near the centre of 85 kilometres per hour with wind gusts to 120 kilometres per hour.

Location: within 55 kilometres of 9.9 degrees South 136.8 degrees East, estimated to be 255 kilometres north of Nhulunbuy and 630 kilometres west northwest of Weipa.

Movement: east at 4 kilometres per hour.

The cyclone is expected to undergo rapid intensification as it turns southeast today heading towards 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 is expected to reach Category 2 today and reach Category 3 early Saturday. 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 11:30 am.

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 11:30 am.

– 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 am ACST Friday 23 March [11:30 am 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

NT students denied rightful funding: MP

Millions of dollars intended for remote Indigenous students is not making it to schools, Independent Northern Territory MP Yingiya Mark Guyula said this week.

Mr Guyula said although the Federal Government had said it was paying the NT Government on the basis of enrolment, the NT Government was only paying schools on the basis of attendance.

“The Federal Government states it will provide $10,222 per enrolled student on Elcho Island in 2018,” Mr Guyula said.

 

Memorial for historic ship Pat Cam sunk by Japanese sea plane

On January 22, 1943, the Pat Cam set off for Elcho Island with 19 crew, a Methodist pastor and five aboriginal passengers on board.

About noon a Japanese sea plane cut its engine and dived to about 30m, dropping a bomb which tore through the ship’s hold.

The sea plane returned several times, strafing the survivors who clung to debris and a life raft, before landing nearby and capturing the pastor Reverend Leonard Kentish, who was later beheaded.

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Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the vessel’s bombing and the loss of nine lives.

Around 100 people including Navy members based at HMAS Coonawarra Naval Base attended the service in Darwin. HMAS Patricia Cam was travelling from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land to Yirrkala via Cape Wessel on a mission to drop four Yolngu men back to Yirrkala with code books.