A spear fisherman has come away from a shark encounter with a horrific injury.
On a warm tropical Friday morning just before Christmas, the Northern Territory Government laid bare what many had suspected for years: the NT was dead broke and borrowing $4 million a day just to meet operational expenses, including public servants’ salaries.
The debt — long raised by the previous Country Liberals government as a political bogeyman — is now projected to blow out from $3 billion to an eye-watering $35 billion over the next 10 years.
The Darwin-based musician, who was raised in Milingimbi and Maningrida in northeast Arnhem Land, is the first Indigenous artist to have achieved mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.
Two more federal ministers, Nigel Scullion and Michael Keenan, have announced they are jumping ship at the election, making three in a week to say they are leaving.
There is evidence fishermen from Makassar, on what is now the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, were visiting the coast of what is now Arnhem Land to collect sea cucumbers as early as the mid-1600s to sell to Chinese merchants. The fishermen camped on the beach to boil and dry their caught trepang, and exchanged goods with the local Indigenous tribes.
It was all smiles as the Prime Minister announced Australia will ease its limitations on kava imports — a drink popular among Pacific Islanders.
Northern Australia shipping company Sea Swift is pleased to announce it has completed a $2 million refit of its Territorian vessel to maintain essential freight services and supply to the major coastal and island communities in the Northern Territory.
Australia’s celebrated Arnhem Land aerospace project, rather than being dedicatedly civilian as the nation was media-led to believe, will have a US military component. Can the town of Nhulunbuy be permitted to survive? Probably not. Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine will soon close and the only other functions of the town are as a servicing hub for local Aboriginal communities and as a staging post for tourism. Obviously, both roles will end. And the Indigenous population? Without access to Songline sites, morale will collapse, and Arnhem Aboriginal culture will go into terminal decline.
A further $12.4 million has been funded to combat the syphilis outbreak in the Northern Territory as well as central and southern Australia.
Overnight police responded to a report of a single vehicle crash in a remote area of North East Arnhem Land approximately 100km from Nhulunbuy. Acting Commander Warren Jackson of Northern Command confirmed that a 23-year-old female was killed as a result.