Tag: Gulf of Carpentaria

False killer whales sighted off Groote Eylandt as rangers set out to tag elusive dolphin species

A whale only by name, these marine mammals are actually an elusive species of dolphin.

The false killer whale, sighted by rangers off Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria on Thursday, is listed as “data deficient” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Within the coming months, Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers will head out to sea with researchers to try and attach satellite transmitters to two dolphins.

Toxic tides: the rubbish washing up in East Arnhem Land

ONE (sic) A LONESOME, seemingly infinite stretch of shoreline more than 100km away from any significant outpost, two Aboriginal rangers trawl through a pile of marine debris. Other than their own footprints, the only obvious signs of life the Yirralka rangers see are a sun-bleached kangaroo skull, crabs, hawks, and the occasional pile of buffalo droppings.

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Joining the dots

The British first came to the coastline of Arnhem land, in the northern territory of Australia, in the beginning of the 19th century.

They discovered summer shelters of the aboriginal people, which were temporary, built with sheets of bark and illustrations on the inside. These illustrations attracted the British and they stole these when the community was not around. Interest grew about these artworks in England by the museums when the colonisers took the art back.

After some 226 years of racism and marginalisation against indigenous people, their art and culture are finally at the forefront of Australian identity. The art “is tens of thousands of years old but also contemporary,” says Cubillo.

Curses, black magic and witchdoctors: Ancient beliefs at large in remote NT communities

Halfway through a shift and Kara Burgoyne would turn and leave, as if it were a fire drill.

The entire building would empty out, deserting any confused newcomer who happened to be shopping in the Angurugu community store.

On Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous residents widely believe in curses, which can be placed on any person, place or object.

Groote school reopens after smoking ceremony removes ‘curse’

On Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous residents readily acknowledge the existence of curses.

So when one was placed on Angurugu School, supposedly by a man after a fight with his wife, it closed for the next 13 days.

But the 159 students returned today, after the Anindilyakwa Land Council conducted a smoking ceremony to rid the building of the curse.

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