Pies duo allegedly involved in altercation with ex-player in NT

COLLINGWOOD’S Levi Greenwood and Tyson Goldsack were allegedly involved in a physical altercation with ex-AFL player Nathan Djerrkura at a remote Northern Territory pub on Saturday night.

A third man who was with the two Magpies and is employed by Rio Tinto, a principal partner for the AFL’s indigenous programs, was also present for the incident at the Walkabout Tavern in Nhulunbuy.

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Marc McGowan

Attacked Iraqi cab driver fears for life amid ongoing Outback Northern Territory taxi wars

A bitter, bizarre and increasingly heated Outback Northern Territory taxi cab rivalry is threatening the sanctuary of an otherwise tranquil town.

Two warring Nhulunbuy taxi companies have been hurling allegations at each other, from accusations of violent threats to petty insults about religion, with neither team willing to abate or forge peace.

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By Matt Garrick
for ABC News

A drier than average start to the wet season likely for Nhulunbuy this year

If you thought it has been dry lately, you are absolutely right! Currently as of Tuesday, November 20 it has been 95 consecutive days since any measurable rain has fallen into the official rain gauge located at the BOM office near Gove Airport.

This is the second longest stretch in history since the Bureau office opened in 1986 second only to the year 2014 when 104 days went by without any rain falling into the gauge.  If you wanted to find the next closest stretch that was this dry, you’d have to go all the way back to the year 1986 when 83 days went by without rain.

November is traditionally one of the driest months of the year averaging only 3.6mm and is part of the “build up” to the wet season, and it is not uncommon for the whole month of November to go by without any rain being recorded.  The years 2015 and 2016 were the most recent times when Gove had no rain recorded for November.

The reason for the likely drier than average start to the wet is because of two main factors.  The first is because we are currently in what’s known as a positive phase of the “Indian Ocean Dipole” which comes about when the sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean off northwest WA and the Top End are cooler than normal for this time of year.  Cooler than normal sea temperatures in this area usually results in less cloudiness and thus less rainfall during the early part of the wet season, however this IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) should return back to neutral values by the end of the month.

The second reason, is a likely “El Nino” developing in the Pacific Ocean.  During an El Nino, much warmer than normal waters develop off the west coast of South America, while cooler than normal waters exist off the north Queensland coast, usually resulting in a drier than normal wet season for most parts of QLD and parts of the NT.

So, in a nutshell if it doesn’t rain before Thursday next week, it will be the longest dry spell on record since the met office opened in 1986.  Currently, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting only a very low chance of rain between today (November 20) through until Monday next week and a slight/medium chance of rain next Tuesday.

Cameron Hines
OIC Gove Meteorological Information Office
Bureau of Meteorology
PO Box 1396 Nhulunbuy NT 0881
Melville Bay Road, Gove Airport (Western Side) NT 0880
Tel: +61 8 8987 2477

 

The smaller the boat the greater the risk

If you are taking the boat out make sure that you remember to #becrocwise and stay safe on the water. Saltwater crocodiles have been known to sit underneath boats, waiting for dinner to be brought to them.

Remember that crocs can jump and a small tinny with a shallow draft is no protection. Always use a long handled gaff or net while you are bringing in or releasing your catch and keep your arms and legs inside your boat at all times.

The smaller the boat the greater the risk, Be Crocwise and stay safe while you are fishing and hunting. www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au

Crocs are curious

Crocs are curious and clever. They might remember that they have seen people at a certain place many times and that this might be a great spot to sit and wait for dinner to come on by.

Salties can hide in the shallowest water and will charge up out of the water to grab prey. Even the fittest person with the best reflexes won’t be fast enough to avoid them. Sometimes dinner can be an unwary wallaby coming down for an evening drink but sometimes the crocodile might be waiting for you!

If you are going camping this weekend take all your water with you or collect it from a different place each time. Stay at least five metres back from the water’s edge at all times.

Be Crocwise when you are camping with your family.

Crocs can always see you, stay alert when fishing

Stay safe and stay alert while you are fishing, you never know who might be watching!

A salties eyes are close together and point forwards, meaning they can judge distance very accurately. They see extremely well during the day and night. They have a protective, transparent, extra eyelid which moves across their eye when they go under the water.  This means that they can see above or below the surface quite well.

A saltie has extra nerve endings on its belly and jaw. It can feel fish swimming past them in murky water and doesn’t need to see them to be able to catch them.

Crocs can stay hidden while they hunt, they can see you standing on the water’s edge or in the boat but you will not be able to see them.

Find lots of #becrocwise hints and tips at www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au

Things have changed since you were young

Commercial hunting of saltwater crocodiles started in 1945. Before this there were about 100, 000 crocs in the Top End but by 1971 there was only around 3000 left and they were almost extinct.

This was a huge problem because crocs are important to the culture of many Australians. They are also the biggest predator wherever they live making them important to the environment. Many tourists now come to the NT to see crocodiles and many people are employed in crocodile farms making crocs really important to our economy.

Salties were protected by international law in 1971 and since then their numbers have recovered. It is important to remember that things have changed since you were young. What was once a safe place to swim may now be home to a large saltwater crocodile.

Things have changed, #becrocwise