Sunday, February 20, 2011

Seaman Dan Thursday Island

I'm off to the tip of Cape York this week so here is some great examples of musical talent that has originated from that area. I last saw Seaman Dan at a benefit given in Innisfail in 2006 for Cyclone Larry victims. The Mills sisters I was lucky to see many years ago on Thursday Island.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mission Beach Wildcare Incorporated

A messsage from Mission Beach Wildcare Inc.

Cyclone Yasi

It's less than 5 years ago that I was writing about Cyclone Larry and the devastation it caused at Mission Beach and surrounding areas. Now I have to write about Cyclone Yasi which if anything is much worse. It just doesn't seem fair.

We all have houses that can be rebuilt from cyclone damage, but for much of the wildlife, they have lost not only their homes, but also all sources of food. 5 years ago, after "Larry" we saw many starving birds, including cassowaries, and also other hungry rainforest animals. Mission Beach Wildcare will be working to ensure these critters have a continual supply of food, and encourage all the wonderful local people to again set up feeding stations close to where the rainforest previously was. Any critters not able to find food or make use of a feeding station will be taken into care for rehabilitation.

Most of our carers have no phone or electricity, and are dealing with property damage etc. but we are still able to take wildlife emergency calls thank to Jenny in Speewah who has worked tirelessly since Wednesday to ensure all orphans are safe and happy.

The Mission Beach Wildcare premises at Mission Beach has fared quite well, but the two roller doors at the front of the building are wrecked and some items have had wind and water damage.

If you would like to make a donation towards the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in the Mission Beach area , our bank details are below. There is also a link to donate by paypal. Even if you don't have a paypal account, you can donate through this with your credit/debit card. Or post your cheque to:

PO Box 197,
Mena Creek,
QLD 4871.
Thank you for your support.

All donations will go directly to helping the wildlife affected by Cyclone Yasi, and donations of $2 or more are are tax decuctible. If you are donating by Paypal you will have a chance to enter your postal address for the receipt before you submit your payment. If you are making a direct deposit, please enter your name as a reference and email us if you require a receipt.

Bendigo Bank
BSB : 633-000
Account Number: 134896778

A post Valentine's Day Lament

Elandra Resort South Mission Beach Cyclone Yasi

Kiwi Stormchasers ride out Yasi at Elandra resort (used to be Horizons) at South Mission beach.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cyclone Yasi presentation from Courier Mail

I know this is from a Murdoch owned paper but he has a monopoly here in Queensland.

Unfortunately good journalism and indeed journalist qualifications are often thin on the ground these days. This item from Grog's Gamut about Cyclone Yasi is a good example and another reason why I would never pay money for a Murdoch paper and that includes our declining daily The Cairns Post.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi Track as of 5AM. Thursday

5 A.M Thursday
Winds are easing in Cairns and we remain without electricity, but no serious damage.. We are the lucky ones. Hearing stories of serious damage down at Mission Beach and Tully which bore the brunt of the eye of the cyclone..

An interesting comparison chart of Yasi, Larry, Katrina and Tracy here from the ABC