Many Mid West towns ravaged by cyclone Seroja will take a break from recovery efforts to pay respect to Australia’s war veterans this weekend.
Phoebe Pin, Kate Campbell, Elise Van Aken & Reuben Carder
A “well-respected” Aboriginal elder who sexually abused two cousins more than 30 years ago as a teenager has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service in Geraldton today.
As footy champion Harry Taylor writes, if he knows one thing about folk from the towns around where he grew up is that they have a truckload of spirit.
With power now restored in Geraldton, the City of Greater Geraldton put a call out for residents to lend their generators to their Northampton neighbours still without power.
Three people spent the night stranded on an island off the Carnarvon coast after their boat broke down.
A young father who was photographed pointing a shotgun at his daughter while she held a rifle and took a photo of his baby son in a cot with an ammunition belt has been fined $1500.
Elise Van Aken
Children playing with a cigarette lighter was the cause of a house fire in Bluff Point on Monday morning, which left a $250,000 damage bill.
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.
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.
The outpouring of support in response to ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja has been immense, with almost $3 million already raised for survivors of the catastrophic storm.
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.
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.
After a horrific December crash, 72-year-old grandfather is up and about.
Poor communications fed Yuna farmers’ anxiety in cyclone’s wake.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked volunteers after arriving in the decimated town, noting that homes in the area ‘look like sardine cans with the roof pulled off’.
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.
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
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