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The Wagaitear


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Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

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Anna Greer

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Wagait Beach


v. 3 no. 14

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Anna Greer



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The Wagaitear, March, 2014 3 Wagait Beach Supermarket Ph 8978 5008 Fax 8978 576 email shop@wagaitbeachsupermarket.com Open 7 days Monday Saturday 8 am to 8 pm Sunday/public holidays 8 am to 5 pm Groceries liquor hardware gas fuel bait ice fishing tackle takeaway food espresso coffee Australia Post agency Centrelink access point local friendly convenient it was a great day, wasnt it. Still love the storms J. Kids loved the weather too (or was it the school free day ? ;-))! Alex Rain is good at this time of the year. In fact it is disconcerting when we dont get it. Early February saw weather conditions that were more than people could cope with and the reason behind the wild weather was just a matter of timing. Initally the stormy conditions were unusually long because two monsoon systems occured back to back. The first started in mid January and by the time the second system had begun, it meant that it had rained everyday for close to a month. The other contributing factor was the tides. Early February saw the biggest tides of the year. On the first and second of February high tide was 8.1 meters and the low was 0.5 and 0.6 m respectively. There was a huge amount of water moving around , the majority of which was coming and going at around 8 pm. This explains why getting on and off the ferry between 5pm and 9pm on those dates was so fraught. Shenagh Gamble who has lived at Wagait Beach for five wet seasons said she hadnt seen conditions go on a long as this without a break before. Another local who was injured on the forearm while getting off the ferryduring stormy conditions said that it was the worst he had seen in four years. Driving around on the Cox Peninsula Road was an option but even that required good timing to avoid high tides and the risk of flooding around Berry Springs. Arguably those that copped it the worst were the ferry staff. who spent whole days being thrown around by the swell. By mid February it was clear that ferry staff were fed up. In an act of desperation, skipper Mark Brown asked passengers to take it easy on the staff who had been receiving a barrage of complaints. Staff are tyring their best but it is really hard work he said. Mark went on to explain that if the staff made a mistake they ran the risk of losing a finger or worse. It was a stark reminder of the risks the ferry staff were taking so we can preserve our Wagait Beach lifestyle. A wild month for ferry, the deckies and the passengers! Phone 0417 002 025 Servicing 6 am, 6.45 am, 7.20 am and 8 am ferry departures from Mandorah and meeting 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm weekday ferries. Other times by prior arrangement. Bookings are essential Sharis Hair & Beauty Boutique Shari Presley Director/Senior Stylist All aspects of hair design Shop 10 24 Cavenagh Street Arafura Plaza Darwin City 0800 Ph: 8942 0870 Weather serves up a soaking Liz Zikan and Kim Dye getting flooded in the Erickson Street beach access carpark. It was all about the timing! Another vicitm of the huge waves at high tides in early February.

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