South West Gulf ward By-Election Declared

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The Northern Territory Electoral Commission today declared Daniel Mulholland as duly elected as the Councillor representing the South West Gulf Ward of the Roper Gulf Regional Council following an election held on the 19 March 2015.

 Councillor Elect Mulholland will be sworn in at the Coming ordinary meeting of Council at Barunga on the 30 April.

Mayor Tony Jack congratulated Councillor Elect Mulholland on behalf of the Council and thanked both candidates for nominating.

Having candidates willing to stand for election to represent their communities is the basis of strong local representation.

 I look forward to working with Councillor Elect Mulholland to promote and strengthen our vibrant community” he said.

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Beswick (Wugularr) Flood Update No. 3

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IMG_0360Rain fall totals in the Waterhouse River catchment has averaged 50mm over the last 24 hours which is sustaining the flow at a level above the major flood level (8.3 metres at the Bridge). This will slow the rate of fall as it recedes.

The current level at the bridge is 8.6 metres and it is expected to remain around the 8.3 metres level throughout the rest of the day.

There have been intermittent heavy showers overnight and this morning.

The Council Services Manager has reported that the evacuation centre at the school continues to operate and Aged Care clients who are sheltered there are well and happy. Continue reading

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Beswick (Wugularr) Flood Update No. 2

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IMG_0359The localised flooding at Beswick /Wugularr is increasing as the Waterhouse River continues to climb. There have been ongoing heavy rain showers in the immediate area and it is expected that the town will be cut off for between 48 and 72 hours with the Central Arnhem Highway is closed to all traffic west of Beswick.

Flooding is affecting the lower part of town along the Billabong and Balanda Street. All residents from the effected have been evacuated to the Wugularr School or to be with friends and family in the new subdivision. Continue reading

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Beswick (Wugularr) Floods

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IMG_0358Following heavy overnight rain in the headwaters of the Waterhouse River, the town of Beswick/Wugalarr is currently closed due to localised flooding of the Waterhouse River.

Current River height is 8.3 metres at the bridge on the Central Arnhem Highway and the local reports are that it is rising slowly. The Central Arnhem Highway is closed to all traffic west of Beswick. There has only been occasional light rain in the area this morning.Flooding is occurring in the low parts of the town and some evacuations began this morning. Police and SES are in the town as of 1100hours. Continue reading