The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, December 14, 2009 3 *LNYR W/SLIDES OPEN EVERYDAY + XMAS DAY* P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 3 C O L O R : K Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am - 3.00pm er250101 End of Year Shop 2, 18 Knuckey St, Darwin 0801 Ph 08 89418470 OFF75 SALE UP TO With huge discounts! Limited time only! HURRY % SELECTED STYLES B o u t i q u e mg240103 NEWS Toomuchwater shuts wave pool CLOSED: Walkways alongside the pool were still flooded yesterday afternoon. ABOVE: It didnt stop the Schultz family, Keanie, 11, Davin, Melanie, and Jaspar, 7, from enjoying a stroll. Pictures: FIONA MORRISON ByALYSSABETTS DARWINS $17 million wave pool cant handle a robust wet season storm. The jewel of the waterfront was closed yesterday for repairs after the tropical low now Cyclone Laurence soaked the Top End over the weekend. Darwin Waterfront Corporation labelled Saturdays downpour a freak storm, saying it had forced the pools closure. Operations manager Sam Hatzivalsamis said there was too much water in the wave lagoon, which was taking time to fix. Once the water drains, the wave lagoon will then be backwashed and chlorinated, and once stabilised re-opened for swimming, he said. Mr Hatzivalsamis said it was hoped the wave pool would be back to normal operations today. Elsewhere, Top Enders were cleaning up or still taking cover after Darwin scored a months worth of rain in a single day. Senior weather bureau forecaster Graeme King said, in the 24 hours to 3pm on Saturday, Darwin copped 250mm. That happened to be a little bit more than the monthly average (for December) of 247mm, he said. The standout spot for rain was Stokes Hill Wharf. Over 24 hours to 9am yesterday it recorded 274mm, while Darwin Airport had 155m, and further down the track Batchelor had 224mm. Meanwhile, a number of Top End roads were causing headaches for motorists yesterday. Fogg Bay Rd at Annie River was impassable after flooding caused severe washouts. The Central Arnhem Rd was under water at Goyder River crossing, as was Dorisvale Rd at the Daly River causeway. Flooding also closed Litchfield Park Rd at the Lower Finnis River crossing as well as Marrakai Rd between Adelaide River and Margaret River crossing. The weather bureau was tipping the squally showers and storms last night, with the weather clearing from today. Probably by the afternoon, we should be starting to see sun, Mr King said. The few visitors to the waterfront yesterday were still having a splash in the flooded section of walkway beside the wave pool. The Schultz family, from Gunn, said the storms of the weekend had been pretty wild. Thats probably the first time weve seen that sort of weather without it being a cyclone, Davin Schultz said. Cyclone path kept clear of workers THE Territory was keeping watch yesterday and mining workers were evacuated as Cyclone Laurence passed along waters off the NTs southwest coast. PTTEP Australasia was in the last stages of evacuating staff yesterday morning as the first cyclone of the season left a messy trail in Darwin and parts of the Top End. Media manager Errol Considine said a team of 10 had been evacuated from the Montara wellhead in the Timor Sea and taken either to Broome or Darwin. The team had been putting the finishing touches to the plugging project to the wellhead the site of a 10-week oil spill that caused national headlines recently. Mr Considine said the evacuation would not cause problems for the project. It just slows it down, thats all, he said. He said about 80 workers on two floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels permanently moored at the Jabiru-Challis fields in the Timor Sea had also been evacuated to Kununurra on Saturday. Meanwhile, ENI Australia evacuated 149 non-essential personnel from its Blacktip onshore plant about 12km from Wadeye on Saturday. ENIs James Kernaghan said a core crew of 19 including contractors and medical staff remained. (The evacuation) is a matter of precaution, he said. Wadeye police were keeping a close eye on the category one storm, as it passed them about 80km away, but yesterday reported no winds had affected the town. By late afternoon Laurence was about 215km northnortheast of Western Australias town of Kalumburu, moving west-northwest at 15km/h. The weather bureau is expecting the cyclone to become a category two storm late this afternoon. Winds wreak havoc WINDS were still causing problems last night in the Darwin area as powerlines went down in Humpty Doo. Darwin Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Garry Smith said police had to block Cypress Rd after receiving a call at 6.47pm. The call was stating the lines were down and sparking, he said. Police continued to keep the area clear last night as a Power and Water crew were working to fix the storm damage. Taxi bandits sent to jail TWO men who viciously attacked a taxi driver and stole his money have each been each sentenced to jail. Cecil Hardy Waianga, 19, and Mervyn Franey, 27, pleaded guilty to the aggravated robbery of Michael Bernabe in his taxi at Palmerston in the NT Supreme Court. They and three others ordered the taxi to the 24-hour United service station on Bagot Rd, Ludmilla in the early hours of February 3 this year. Waianga was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, suspended after 12 months and Franey to four years and 10 months, suspended after one year and eight months.
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