Students at two public schools smashed by Cyclone Seroja will not be able to return to their classrooms for the start of Term 2, but their schooling will go ahead.
WA’s peak building body has called on the State and Federal governments to provide tradies with free accommodation and $2000 bonuses if they move north to work in the cyclone-ravaged Mid West.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison covered the width and breadth of WA during his four-day trip, showing empathy, honour and promising to deliver for Western Australians.
As he flew out of Perth today, Scott Morrison said the fighting spirit of the people of the Mid west — who had seen their homes and businesses destroyed by Cyclone Seroja — was ‘inspiring’.
Excited crowds cheered and yelled throughout the evening at Activewest Stadium in Geraldton for a stacked card of fights for charity at Fists of Fury 2: Maximum Impact.
Thousands of claims have been submitted in the wake of Sunday’s devastation, as authorities prepare for a total clean-up bill that could top $200 million.
Most people in Geraldton will eventually forget about the inconvenience of being without power for a few days. But those in Kalbarri and Northampton won’t have that luxury for a long time, if ever.
Five Mid West schools are unlikely to welcome students back for term two next week, with another three still without power.
Elise Van Aken
Men are five times more likely than women to believe a rape victim is partly responsible if she wore revealing clothing and that women often “say no when they mean yes”, according to a local survey.
Hundreds of locals impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja continue to spend hours queuing in the sun to get vital pre-paid food and fuel vouchers, prompting calls for the system to be moved online.
Poor communications fed Yuna farmers’ anxiety in cyclone’s wake.
Geraldton surfers are the king and prince of Trigg Poin with Max Marsden winning the open division at the King of the Point contest and Jake Hagan, 15, winning the under-21s.
A Geraldton man accused of deliberately running down a cyclist in a road-rage fury which a magistrate has put down to a violent ‘brain snap’ has been released on bail.
Support for West Australians affected by Cyclone Seroja has been extended by the Federal Government, with Scott Morrison set to tour the disaster zone today.
Kalbarri and Northampton have been picking up the pieces of their flattened towns for five days, while the PM has wined and dined with hundreds of WA’s business leaders.
Lanai Scarr and Elise Van Aken
While Kalbarri and Northampton bore the brunt of cyclone Seroja, it went on to carve a path of destruction inland. Perenjori and Mingenew were hit hard and have been reeling from the damage caused.
Close to 300L of a chemical bonding and sealing agent has been offloaded in the cyclone-smashed town as fears grow over the mountains of asbestos strewn across the area.
More than 30 people have been arrested this week, but the district’s top cop says there has not been any looting.
Elise Van Aken & Kate Campbell
The cost of Cyclone Seroja has been estimated to be as much as $200 million after authorities counted 660 damaged properties in the Mid West, including dozens of unlivable homes.
Peter Law & Sarah Steger
A Mid West man accused of paying to see children being abused live on camera from his Geraldton home is behind bars, charged with almost 70 child abuse offences.
The West Coast Eagles are calling on WA footy fans to dig deep to help the State’s Mid West rebuild a region torn apart this week by Cyclone Seroja.
Hundreds of people lined up for hours in Geraldton today to access State Government vouchers to replace essential items lost in the cyclone aftermath.
Dozens of soldiers have joined locals on the ground in Northampton today as the immense task of cleaning up the cyclone-ravaged town officially begins.
A long delayed microgrid to help power the town is facing yet another setback from the cyclone, in a major blow to traders and residents who were hit by ongoing blackouts before the weather event.
Danielle Le Messurier
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