Whitsunday Times : 2018-12-13

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NEWS 37 Thursday, December 13, 2018 whitsundaytimes.com.au Katter’s Dawson candidate revealed Wild winds damaging for watercraft A DIESEL fitter and agricultural service manager will join the ranks of the Katter’s Australian Party as their candidate for the seat of Dawson at the next federal election. North Queensland local Brendan Bunyan announced his candidacy in Townsville on Wednesday ahead of the 2019 federal election. He will take on LNP MP George Christensen in the federal electorate of Dawson, which includes the south of Townsville, Mackay and Whitsundays. Mr Bunyan lives in Ayr with this young family. KAP state leader Robbie Katter said he was happy the “homegrown talent” had joined the team. “It’s good to be playing with Brendan instead of against when he was rugby player,” he said. “He has a strong connection to the sugar industry up here and will become another good fighter for the North. “I think he understands this is much more about wining an election it’s about creating a movement that starts to give back to North Queenslanders.” Georgia Simpson [email protected] whitsundaytimes.com.au BOATIES anchored off Airlie Beach are being warned to move their vessels to a more sheltered location in the next few days. Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsundays on Tuesday issued a statement on behalf of Marine Safety Queensland advising all boaties, who were anchored off Airlie Beach, to move their vessels. MSQ said in an email to VMR that the Whitsunday region would be in for “quite a blow” this Saturday and Sunday evening, with Windguru forecasting up to 50 knots from the north-east on Saturday afternoon, and turning north-west on Sunday morning. MSQ state in the email that today and tomorrow looked to be the most favourable conditions to relocate vessels, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. VMR president Mal Priday said the strong wind warning was unusual for would weaken, and then start to move east, with strong winds likely for the Central Coast and Whitsundays. “The main concerns are the wind and the rainfall for your region – it will be brief but intense,” he said. “Saturday evening is likely to see anywhere between 35-45 knots, most likely from the north-east, and then Cyclone Owen, yesterday located off the Gulf of Carpentaria and which redeveloped on Tuesday night. “It will potentially develop into category three cyclone, before it starts to move east. It’s forecast to cross the coast up on the (northern) peninsula on Friday afternoon,” he said. Mr Clark said the system this time of year. “The last time this happened was in 2008 from memory. There were more than 30 boats washed up, but that was without the notice we’re getting now though,” he said. Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Harry Clark said the heavy winds forecast for the weekend would be a result of Tropical

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