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v. 7 no. 4
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The Wagaitear, April 2009 3 Wagait Beach again will commemorate Anzac Day with a service and a march on April 25. The service, at the Cenotaph at the front of the council office, is planned to begin at 10.30 am. It will be followed by a march at 11.15 am from the corner of Cox Drive and Erickson Crescent to the Cox Country Club. The usual Anzac Day activities will follow at the club. Wagait Beach Supermarket Open until 8 pm every day phone 8978 5008 Open all Easter long weekend Groceries liquor hardware fuel bait ice gas fi shing tackle fi sh & chips burgers pizzas Local friendly convenient Meeting sets some future directions Last months future direc tions community meeting settled on seven major issues to be pursued as a fi rst priority. A further fi ve went into a second category of nice to have if . The 25 people who turned up discussed more than 30 issues although several items were duplicated or rolled into a single discussion. Topics considered top priority were: a Cox Peninsula master plan with local input, a postcode and maybe post-boxes for Wagait Beach, improving waste management, completing the bicycle path to Cox Drive, upgrading the jetty area, reticulated water and a helipad at the sports ground. Second division items included a jogging and fitness trail, upgrading the Wagait Tower Road drain with pipes or barriers, a stinger net and picnic facilities at the bay between the jetty and the hotel and a synthetic-surface bowling green. The shire council also will look at the status of the track between Brisbane Street and the supermarket with a view to either sealing it or closing it. Many of the issues attracted spirited debate, none more so than the idea of reticulating water around the estate. Darryl Withnall said indications were it would cost about $5000 a block although a similar project in Darwins rural area was costed at $12-15 000 a block.. Everyones been happy to cart water up till now; its time for a change, he said. We should be going with reticulated water if there is a guarantee of supply. Darryl said the cost could be by way of a caveat on each block that would not be paid until the land changed hands. Fred Gillis agreed with the need to guarantee supply. Sooner or later well have reticulated water from Darwin River Dam, he said. There was also strong support for an overall plan for the peninsula to ensure future orderly development, although a proposal to limit the minimum lot size to 1 ha (2 acres) was seen by many to be impracticable. But most agreed future industrial areas, retail centres, urban development, recreation and reserves needed to be identifi ed before development began. Shire president Peter Clee strongly supported a bridge from Channel Island across Middle Arm to a point near Flagstaff Hill and joining up with Cox Peninsula Road. He said the project could cut the trip to Darwin by half and would be essential once development began. If its going to happen it will happen this year while theres new money for infrastructure grants, Peter said. Most people agreed but the project was relegated to a third ranking identifying things outside the councils scope and for which someone else would have to pay. Possible route to link Channel Island with the Cox Peninsula Road. Dont miss out on Anzac Day