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

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Jack Ellis

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Wagait Beach


v. 4 no. 5

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The Wagaitear, May 2006 3 Wagait Beach Supermarket Local Friendly Convenient Ice, bait, groceries, takeaway food weve got it all Phone 8978 5008 Open until 8 pm Fri & Sat Cyclone Monica comes all too close Cox Peninsula residents breathed a col lective sigh of relief after Tropical Cyclone Monica looped around Darwin, Mandorah and Charles Point late last month. Many Wagait Beach people headed out of town as the category 5 cyclone caused massive damage at Maningrida, Oenpelli and Jabiru and looked set to do the same to the Darwin coast. Although the storm looped around the peninsula at one stage just 10 km from Wagait Beach it fizzled out to a category 1 system and was a tropical low by the time it circled the peninsula. But it made its mark as it passed, with strong winds lashing the coast for most of Tuesday night. The cyclone alert saw the popular local Anzac Day celebrations cancelled. Organiser Jill Formby said everyone was very disappointed. The piper was keen, the cadets were keen they even offered to still come over. They were going to camp out it was too dangerous. A number of people were stranded in the city on Monday when the 6, 8 and 10 pm ferries were cancelled to ensure the boats were sheltered before the cyclone. At that stage, strong winds were not expected before 6 am Tuesday. And there was concern that the police did not have a presence on the peninsula during the emergency. Mandorah Beach Hotel publican Steve Brown said his inquiry about a police presence was met with surprise that one might be needed. He said local security measures were in place in the event the hotel was damaged. The cyclone dumped 82 mm of rain on Wagait Beach, bringing the monthly total to 450 mm, four times the April average. Pictures pages 6 and 7. Monicas track as it passed close by Wagait Beach, Mandorah and Charles Point. The near miss from category 5 Cyclone Monica again highlighted the need for an adequate cyclone shelter on the peninsula. Although the council has now applied for a short-term loan in an effort to kick start the project this dry season, the Territory Government is still refusing to provide a promised $350 000 grant until 2007-2008. This means the project may not be able to start until 2008 with no guarantee it could be finished in time for the cyclone season. Council chief executive Peter Clark said a survey of people before Cyclone Monica indicated many people left the community or chose to shelter at home because of the lack of shelter. They didnt believe there would be room for everyone at the council, he said. The building is rated for 77, although it would be a tight squeeze for anything like this number. The estimated town population is approaching 400 with more than 100 people living in the primary storm surge zone. Had Monica continued on its predicted path as a category five storm, it would have struck about the same time as a 7 metre high tide. The weather bureau predicted huge storm surges along the coast with the cyclones central pressure as low 905 hectapascals, more intense than Tracy in 1974. Time to reassess some priorities