Independent Nhulunbuy MP Mark Guyula says he won’t represent electorate

INDEPENDENT Nhulunbuy MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula rejected the Labor Government’s bail amendments, saying he’s not in Parliament as a representative of his electorate but rather a “member from the Yolngu Nations Assembly”.

“While I understand the perspective of other members who will support this bill, I do not support it, because, once again, I fear that we are making laws to suit non-indigenous society,” he said during debate in Parliament.

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Parliament exists to represent all — not just the people who vote for one candidate. “I am there to represent my community and I would encourage others to represent everybody, whether they voted for them or not,” she said.

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First Aboriginal owned and operated mine in Australian history opens in Arnhem land

The colour of the dirt might have been different, but according to the Gumatj clan, the moment was no less significant.

At Gulkula in Northeast Arnhem Land, Gumatj leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu poured a handful of bauxite into the hands of Rio Tinto workers Jim Singer and Ken Kahler, just as Gough Whitlam had done with Vincent Lingiari at Wave Hill 51 years ago.

‘I feel proud. I feel more proud than ever before,’ Dr Yunupingu said.

The moment marked the opening of the Gulkula Mine, the first Aboriginal owned and operated mine in Australian history.

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NT Space Wars Heat up as Indigenous Jobs Claims Rubbished

THE Aboriginal Corporation whose land will be used for Australia’s first space base has rubbished claims the project will deliver no jobs for indigenous people.

“If someone came down and had a chat to us we’d tell them, we’ve already got that mapped out how many people will be employed,” he said.

Mr Helms’ comments came in response to claims made by independent Nhulunbuy MLA Yingiya Mark Guyula at NT Estimates last week. Mr Guyula accused the NT Government of pushing the project “for its own good”, and said it would bring no benefits to the local Yolngu people.

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Gunyangara signs 99-year lease

After 10 years of negotiations, members of the Gumatj clan in the community of Gunyangara in north-east Arnhem Land have signed a 99-year lease that will give them control over development on their own land.

“I think it’s a milestone for us in a way, 10 years in the making to be able to get to this stage,” senior Gumatj leader Djawa Yunupingu said at a signing ceremony in the small community of Gunyangara this weekend.

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North-east Arnhem Land’s first cricket match under lights

Yirrkala vs. the Rest of the World: North-east Arnhem Land’s first cricket match under lights.

Stretches of astro turf laid on a football oval and half-time entertainment from Yothu Yindi were just some of the highlights of north-east Arnhem Land’s first-ever cricket match under lights.

Although Yirrkala is traditionally football heartland, community members assembled two cricket teams for the weekend’s Yirrkala vs. the Rest of the World day-night match.

The Yirrkala team comprised locals from the coastal Indigenous community, with some traditional owners trying their hands at cricket for the first time.

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Traditional owner groups to make most of Gove refinery closure

TRADITIONAL owner groups will extract as much business as possible while Gove’s Rio Tinto alumina refinery is dismantled, but are acutely aware of the long-term pain which may follow.

The NT News yesterday revealed mining heavyweight Rio Tinto’s decision to end the “care and maintenance” mode of the East Arnhem refinery, which had been in place since the plant’s operations were mothballed and 1100 jobs cut in 2013. This call means the plant will never be reopened.

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Rio Tinto announces it will never reopen Gove refinery

MINING giant Rio Tinto has officially decided to never reopen its Gove refinery, and will instead embark on a lengthy, costly and environmentally fraught dismantling operation.

The East Arnhem Land refinery has been in ‘care and maintenance mode’ since operations were mothballed and 1100 workers sacked in November 2013 — but the company always attested that it may one day be reopened.

Rio representatives have now ruled out that possibility, and alerted the NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner yesterday that it would be fully shutdown and dismantled.

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NT could be launching within a year

Australia has the potential to capture a greater slice of the $330 billion space industry, and NT’s chief minister says the Top End must be front and centre.

Rockets could be blasting off into space from the Northern Territory within a year, chief minister Michael Gunner says.

During a speech in Darwin on Wednesday, the NT Labor leader is expected to reveal his plans to make the Top End a national security and space exploration hub.

“We could be launching rockets into space from Arnhem Land within a year,” he is expected to tell the Northern Australia Defence Summit.

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Gove’s Dr. Marco Briceno Recognised at NT Health Excellence Awards

NT Health Excellence Awards at Parliament House earlier this evening. Huge congratulations to Dr. Marco from Gove Hospital:

Emerging Leader of the Year
Dr. Marco Briceno, Top End Health Services

Dr. Marco Briceno provides strategic leadership and oversight of operational activity across multiple disciplines in East Arnhem Region. Dr. Briceno developed from a Senior Clinician and resident surgeon to Director of Medical Services of a remote Hospital – to now leading the Regional Medical workforce for all of East Arnhem Region.

His responsibility reaches across an acute care hospital to now include the diverse portfolio of Primary Health Care medicine. Dr. Briceno plays a pivotal role in engaging frontline clinicians to help create a culture of high performance and ongoing improvement in health service delivery. He exemplifies the value of clinical leadership with action and maintains high clinical governance standards.

A respected an astute clinician – Marco keeps up to date with patient care whilst carrying out his other management and business administrative responsibilities admirably.

Dr. Briceno is a strong patient advocate for patient safety and creating a culture of zero harm and makes it his business to foster effective and harmonious relationships with the overall workforce to the benefits of patients and staff alike.

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Unknown strain of meningococcal claims the life of a child in Darwin

An infant who died in the Northern Territory after being struck down with meningococcal disease started displaying symptoms less than 12 hours earlier.

The baby, who died late on Sunday night, was enrolled at a childcare centre in Malak, where NT Centre for Disease Control staff will on Tuesday provide preventative antibiotics.

The results of a post-mortem due midweek should determine whether or not the death is linked to a current and unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal W strain in central Australia.

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