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Northern Territory goes bananas!

The Northern Territory has been declared banana freckle free, with the proof of freedom handed down today.

Department of Primary Industry and Resources Executive Director Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Sarah Corcoran praised the community and industry for this achievement to be released.

“Territorians should be proud of what we have accomplished,” Ms Corcoran said.

“This has been one of the largest plant pest eradication programs ever attempted and achieved in Australia.”

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Pub accused of banning ‘blacks’ allegedly tried to block Aboriginal man from collecting pokies winnings

By Elias Clure
ABC News

  • Brenton Carter won over $12,500 playing pokies at Rorkes, but staff say they were instructed to tell him he was “too drunk” to collect
  • They also said they were told to keep putting Mr Carter off until he stopped coming in to collect his winnings
  • Audio recordings capture Rorkes owner Mitch McNamee telling staff not to pay out
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How can the NT spend money allocated for remote Indigenous disadvantage elsewhere?

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.

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Throw a sea cucumber on the barbie: Australia’s trade history really is something to celebrate

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.

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Developing the Bush – Exploration Licence Approved for Winchelsea Island

23 January 2019

The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is to create local jobs by developing the bush and attracting private investment.

A manganese exploration licence covering part of Winchelsea Island has been granted to the Winchelsea Mining Pty Ltd – a joint venture between the Anindilyakwa Advancement Aboriginal Corporation (AAAC) and AUS China International Mining, with AAAC the majority partner. AAAC is made up of the two Traditional Owner clans of Winchelsea, and benefits from this project will be shared with all 14 Anindilyakwa clans.

The unique joint venture came together following the successful trade mission by Chief Minister Michael Gunner and the Anindilyakwa Land Council to Rizhao, Shandong, in November 2016.

In 2018 the Territory Labor Government signed the Groote Archipelago Local Decision Making Agreement with the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), a binding agreement that outlines Anindilyakwa priorities and timeframes for transition to local control in the areas of housing, education, health, local government, economic development, law and justice, and environmental sustainability.

The exploration licence enables the joint venture to explore part of Winchelsea Island. Should an economic resource be located, an application will then be made for a mineral lease.

The Northern Territory is a world leader in the production of manganese with more than 100 million tonnes of manganese ore and concentrate produced to date.

The Groote Eylandt deposit is deemed one of the world’s largest and highest-grade manganese mines. If exploration locates an economical resource, resulting in a subsequent mineral lease, a new mine would result in direct jobs for Territorians, and positive flow-on effects for Territory businesses by providing opportunities for new contracts and new tenders.

Quotes from Acting Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Dale Wakefield: 

“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is creating local jobs.

“This is great news for Anindilyakwa and the Territory, and a great example of how working together with our Asian neighbours can deliver results for Territorians.

“Supporting the development of mineral resources in a sustainable manner will maximise economic benefits for local communities.”

Media Contact – Leanne Hudson – 0427 687 079