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Geostorm Outdoor Movie – 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Alby

Bring the family, pack a picnic and a rug and enjoy a free community outdoor movie ‘GeoStorm’, hosted by Busselton Jetty Inc, at the new foreshore amphitheatre to mark the 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Alby.

There will be a performance by ‘Acting Up’ prior to the screening – big thanks to Rural Cinema who will be setting up the huge outdoor screen and movie!

Geostorm Preview
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it – 1 hour 49 minutes.

History of Cyclone Alby
On 4 April 1978 Cyclone Alby swept down the coast of Western Australia and hit Busselton. The winds and surge resulted in the first 700m of the oldest section of Jetty being damaged beyond repair with large sections of Jetty washing up on the beach.

The Government of the day then wanted to demolish the Jetty however locals didn’t want this to happen. The lack of support encouraged the Busselton community to preserve the Jetty for posterity.

Many fund raising initiatives were made such as the selling of old Jetty timber, Jetty cookbooks, ‘Jetty maids’, markets and a walk-a-thon. Along with donations the Jetty also received a little financial support from the Busselton Shire unfortunately these funds were not sufficient enough to repair the promenade Jetty. The promenade Jetty was fully removed in 1984 and focus was placed on the restoration of the remaining Jetty.

After a survey by the Busselton people it was showed that 90% of the Busselton people wanted to preserve the remaining Jetty and that 56% wanted the whole Jetty to be retained. It was the demand of the people that established the Busselton Jetty Preservation Committee (now known as Busselton Jetty Inc) who would be responsible for fundraising and repairing the Jetty.

Five people died as a result of the destructive effects of Alby . Widespread damage caused by wind, dust, fire and the sea was estimated to cost the community about $50,000,000. In terms of damage it is estimated that Alby was the most devastating storm on record to affect the southwestern areas of Western Australia.

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