THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
LYNNE WALKER MLA
Northern Territory Member for Nhulunbuy
16 March 2011
Homeland residents in North East Arnhem Land will now have access to a cyclone shelter in Yirrkala during severe weather events, Member for Lingiari and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said today.
“Cyclone Carlos reminded us of the need to be prepared for cyclones. This new facility means homeland residents in the North East Arnhem Land region can rest easy, knowing they have a high quality facility use during a severe cyclone. This is a good example of money well spent,” Mr Snowdon said.
The $1.48 million Laynhapuy Cyclone Shelter has been funded by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments, with contributions also made by Rio Tinto Australia and Laynhapuy Homeland Association.
“This facility will primarily serve as an evacuation centre for people of the Laynhapuy Homelands. It will take up to 250 people, in particular those who are more vulnerable such as people who are frail, elderly, and pregnant or have no other shelter available.
“The main building has approximately 300 square metres and features a kitchen and reception area, an ablution block and storage area, upgraded parking, an enclosed walkway and an administration building.
“It has been cleverly designed so that it is integrated with the Laynhapuy Homeland Association’s other operations and facilities. The shelter will be used as office space and other purposes except when required during a cyclone event,” Mr Snowdon said.
Whilst officially launching the shelter in Yirrkala today, Mr Snowdon joined NT Member for Nhulunbuy, Lynne Walker and praised those involved in its establishment.
“The Laynhapuy Homeland Association has once again to be congratulated for its foresight and commitment to planning for and looking after the interests of its members, the residents of the Homeland communities of the region.
“It was no easy task that the Association’s board and hard-working staff took on when the decision was made that the obvious need for a cyclone shelter had to be acted on,” Lynne Walker said.
Mr Snowdon acknowledged the support provided by Lynne Walker in ensuring the need for the cyclone shelter was properly recognised.
The Laynhapuy Homeland Association will work with the local Counter Disaster committee, the NT Police and the East Arnhem Shire to help Homeland people before, during and after cyclonic weather.
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