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Rocket base neighbour has no plans to move

A ROCKET base in Arnhem Land may have to get used to having an immediate neighbour, unless a long-term resident is kicked out of his home on the edge of the planned launch site.

There, in a house dubbed a “hideout of Galarrwuy Yunupingu”, lives a whitefella adopted by the Gumatj clan named Fonte, who has no plans to abandon his home, despite an impending plan for suborbital “sounding rockets” to be launched from the site, according to a Northern Land Council briefing, for “government, business and research purposes”.

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NT Rehab Services Crack Under Pressure of Ice Addiction

MORE Territorians are seeking help for addiction to amphetamines, including ice, and rehabilitation services are beginning to crack under the pressure.

Newly released figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the number of people seeking help for addiction to amphetamines in the Northern Territory increased from 279 in 2013/14 to 426 last financial year.

Darwin’s proximity to Asia and Northern Australia’s porous borders played a role in the prevalence of ice, Mr Franck said.

“And we’re so sparsely populated in the NT, particularly out in the rural areas that it’s harder for the long arm of the law to be out there and there’s more scope for baddies to do what they want to do,” he said.

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NLC Grant Lease for Rocket Launch Facility

AUSTRALIA’S first civilian spaceport is another step closer with Northern Territory traditional owners preparing to lease land to a company that wants to blast off small rockets.

The Northern Land Council has granted a 275ha lease in northeast Arnhem Land to the Gumatj clan for use as a commercial rocket launching facility. That’ll pave the way for Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation to sublease the site to Equatorial Launch Australia, a firm whose $236 million space base proposal is being considered by federal and NT infrastructure funds.

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Elcho bound light-aircraft crashes in NT

THE plane that crashed in Howard Springs killing two pilots yesterday was carrying a body for a funeral service at Elcho Island.

According to a source within the airline industry, the flight was a “funeral transport flight”.

It’s understood the body of the deceased was found separately to the two people killed in the crash.

There has been a suggestion that the coffin may not have been strapped in correctly.

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