CYCLONE CLEANUP - 20/11/2019

The City’s annual pre-cyclone verge collection was completed earlier this month ahead of cyclone season between November and April.

This year’s free service for all residential properties across Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham, Dampier, Point Samson and Cheeditha collected more than 228 tonnes of green waste.

It’s great to see the community taking advantage of this popular service and tidying up their yards and gardens to minimise the risk of damage caused by flying debris during a cyclone.

This year’s pre-cyclone verge collection was for green waste only, which was a decision Council made to ensure the City could accommodate growing demand for the service.

Over the past three years, the quantities of waste put out for collection have almost tripled to more than 700 tonnes!

Please remember if you have any other items you would like to dispose of to be prepared for this coming cyclone season, they can be taken to our 7 Mile and Wickham Waste Transfer Stations for free. These facilities are open seven days a week.

In March, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson bore the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Veronica’s destructive winds and while the impact was thankfully less severe than predicted, it was a reminder to us all of the importance of not becoming complacent about the fact that the Pilbara coast is the most cyclone-prone area in Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology released its Tropical Cyclone Seasonal Outlook for Northwest Australia last month. The outlook suggests a likelihood of around two coastal impacts and a significant risk of at least one severe tropical cyclone coastal impact so it’s important to be as prepared as possible.