Arnhem Land

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.

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.