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Eylandt echo : Fortnightly news & events for the Groote Eylandt community proudly produced by GEMCO



Eylandt echo : Fortnightly news & events for the Groote Eylandt community proudly produced by GEMCO


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Groote Eylandt Mining Co.

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Township news October 10th 2012 Page 2 Greetings Eylandters, There have been many preparations going on around Eylandt for some exciting upcoming events, and thats not just the annual Bill fishing Tournament. We also have the Alyangula Arts Festival on 19th-21st October and Octoberfest on the 27th at the ARC organized by Groote Eylandts own German fraulein, Martina Ripcke to look forward to. This edition of the Echo will be the final one until March 2013 as I am taking maternity leave for the next few months. A huge thank you to all the regular and not-so-regular contributors to the Echo. All these contributions help to shape our community newspaper and bring us all together here on this remote and beautiful Eylandt. I look forward to hearing from you again in the new year. Have a wonderful festive season and until next time, Happy reading, Sarah Dixon Cyclone Season Cyclone season is just around the corner; attached are a few items that we should consider when re vising our cyclone check list. Pantry list This list should only be used as a guide for items that may assist in an emergency situation and should be customised to meet your individual household needs. It is suggested that households should hold sufficient supply of food, water and essential items to enable a household to be con fined at home for up to 14 days. Food supplies should be con tinually used and replenished. Ensure food is rotated, and use by dates are checked regularly. Managing at home If you do find yourself and your family in a situation where you are confined, or choose to be con fined at home during or following and emergency, there are several things you should consider to ensure you manage your supply of food in the best possible way. These include: Consume perishable products (eg fresh fruit and vegetables, bread) before consuming long life products When purchasing products for your pantry, aim for ready-to-eat products that do not require cooking (in case gas or electricity supply is disrupted) Ration food/water supplies based on how long you expect to be confined at home The ABC News has reported that the North ern Territory could have a tidal energy sup ply by 2020 under a new project announced last month. The world first trial in tropical waters is a joint venture between the Power and Water Corporation and Tenax Energy. The Clarence Strait off the Tiwi Islands has been marked for as the Tidal Energy and Tidal power to arrive in the Top End A check list for your Emergency Survival Kit Battery-operated radio (with spare batteries) Special needs for infants, the aged and people with disabilities Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents and photographs) Books, playing cards or games Torch (with spare batteries), candles and waterproof matches Spare clothes including strong shoes, broad brimmed hat, leather gloves and sunscreen for each household member Extra car and house keys Credit cards, key cards and money is essential in case electricity supply is disrupted First aid kit and manual Sleeping equipment Copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licences) Emergency food and water supplies A mobile phone, spare battery and charger (in case power returns) Contact details for your agreed out of-town contact Contact us: Eylandt Echo Phone: (08) 8987 4137 Email: eylandte cho.gemco@bhpbilliton.com The Eylandt Echo newsletter is produced each fortnight for the benefit of everyone on Groote Eylandt. The Eylandt Echo is sponsored by GEMCO as a community service. The contributions and advertisements contained within the Eylandt Echo are not necessarily the views and opinions shared by either the Editor or GEMCO, but are presented for the communitys interest at large. Testing Plant location due to its close prox imity to Darwin and currents. Challenges include storing the energy, which is generated in conjunction with lunar cycles, for use during peak hours and the warmer temperatures of the Top End waters. The plant is expected to start generating power by 2015 and reach commercial scale by 2020. Police Beat Groote Eylandt It has been a steady fortnight with Police responding to over 90 incidents. Traffic Offences Of concern is the fact that traffic offences have continued to feature including; 8 traffic offences being detected; 5 Random Breath Testing stations being established resulting in; A 50 year old male from Alyangula being summonsed to appear for medium range drink driving (.09%); A 47 year old male from Angurugu being summonsed for driving an unregistered & uninsured motor vehicle; and A 28 year old male form Angurugu being summonsed for driving unlicensed Offences against the person A 35 year old male was arrested after breaching a domestic violence order on 25 Septem per. He has been remanded in custody to appear in Darwin Court on 26 October 2012. A 26year old male has been arrested for breaching his bail conditions and has been given court bail to appear at Alyangula on 10 October 2012. Court dates Alyangula Court is scheduled for 10-12 October 2012. Local Counter Disaster Committee Meeting The Local Counter Disaster Planning Committee met on 27 Sep 12 to review the Local Counter Disaster Plan. The meeting included a request for public cyclone shelters to be audited and reviewed to assess suitability. Local contacts were updated. The Committee and Plan are requirements under the Northern Territory Disasters Act, and both are established to ensure that Groote Eylandt is in a state of preparedness should a disaster affect the area.

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