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Cyclone expected before Christmas

“People need to know where to go if their homes are not safe enough. The shelter has room for 250 people and there is a population of 4500,” Snr Sgt Muldoon said.

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Interesting cyclone facts: The most devastating: Cyclone Bhola in Bangladesh killed 300,000 people in 1970. Most costly: Hurricane Katrina that hit the USA in 2005 cost US$80 billion. Strongest winds: 408km/h were experienced in parts of Western Australia during Cyclone Olivia in 1996.

THE Bureau of Meteorology held an information session on how to prepare for cyclones in town last week stating they expected one to develop before Christmas. They highlighted information on cyclones stating the next one would be called Fina. Cyclones are named once the winds reach 63km/h or 34 knots. Footage of the intensity of cyclones from category 1-5 were shown and what precautions needed to be taken to ensure households remained safe during a cyclone. Max Gonzalez, one of the presenters said children needed to be kept informed as to what the family plans were so they too knew what was necessary. “It is important to make sure they are involved in the preparation so when a cyclone hits they will know everything is going to plan. Give them things to do and make sure you have things to keep them busy during the cyclone,” he said. He also said people needed to decide early should they wish to leave town, however, Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon said that was not an option for residents

$35,000 kava seized in Maningrida POLICE have arrested two men, aged 44 and 48 years, for possession and supply of a commercial quantity of kava in Maningrida on Friday, November 19. On Thursday November 17, under the provisions of the Kava Management Act, members of Taskforce Seeadler, made up of both the Southern and Northern Substance Abuse Intelligence Desks, and the Dog Operations Unit, searched the Toyota Landcruiser the men were travelling in and kava detector dog, Archie, located about 35kg of kava in the rear of the vehicle in two sports bags. The kava was divided into approximately

1750 individual deal bags of 20g each. Senior Sergeant Clint Sims estimated the kava had a potential value in excess of $35,000 if sold in Arnhem Land communities. “Once again, Taskforce Seeadler has seized a substantial amount of kava bound for distribution in the Arnhem Land region. It frustrates police that these traffickers continue to supply and distribute substances that have a potentially devastating effect on remote communities.” The men have been bailed to appear at Maningrida Magistrates Court on December 6.

of Nhulunbuy. “People need to know where to go if their homes are not safe enough. The shelter has room for 250 people and there is a population of 4500,” Snr Sgt Muldoon said. “The community has an expectation that they will be looked after but they need to take responsibility for their own needs. “We (the emergency services) are not going to feed you or provide water as we simply don’t have the staff the stretch to 4500 people. “You need to look after yourself and ensure you have enough food and water for at least four days.” Mr Gonzalez told people to ensure they had battery operated radios to keep up to date with developments during a cyclone and be attentive whenever a cyclone appeared to be approaching and not leave taking action until the last minute and not take any unnecessary risks. Be prepared - not scared, he said and visit or for further information on what you need to do to prepare your home

Free show this week NHULUNBUY Christian College will be performing It’s a Cracker, a nativity musical by Mark and Helen Johnson this week. The play takes place on Christmas day, and Mum, Tom and Lucy are making their final preparations before their relatives arrive for Christmas dinner. In between the turkey, the pudding and lots of Christmas crackers, Grandad helps the family rediscover the real Christmas meaning. Performances are a matinee today (Nov 30) at 11am and tonight and tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Tickets are free and are available from the NCC front office or at the Town Hall before performances.

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