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Attacked Iraqi cab driver fears for life amid ongoing Outback Northern Territory taxi wars

A bitter, bizarre and increasingly heated Outback Northern Territory taxi cab rivalry is threatening the sanctuary of an otherwise tranquil town.

Two warring Nhulunbuy taxi companies have been hurling allegations at each other, from accusations of violent threats to petty insults about religion, with neither team willing to abate or forge peace.

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By Matt Garrick
for ABC News

Boat Ramp Now Open

Nhulunbuy’s Community Boat Ramp OPEN

10 November 2018

Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, today officially opened the new and improved Community Boat Ramp at Melville Bay in Nhulunbuy.

The $556,677 (incl GST) upgrade to the boat ramp was funded through the Territory Labor Government’s $50 million investment in recreational fishing, which was an election promise.

The upgrade, which provided work for local contractors and was driven by the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club (NRFSC), also includes two new fishing platforms.

The project involved several stakeholders, including the local Police, Border Force, tourism and fishing charter operators, the Dhimurru Rangers and the Gumatj people.

Quotes from Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles:

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in recreational fishing because it creates jobs, injects millions of dollars into our economy and is a huge part of our Territory lifestyle.

“This is a prime example of different stakeholders working together to achieve an outcome beneficial to the whole community. The fantastic efforts of the NRSFC must be recognised, especially the huge amount of work put in by project coordinator Peter Cox.

“Several different groups will use the ramp for different reasons, so the completion of this project is a win for the whole community.

“Already today we’ve seen a large turnout use the ramp for a family fishing competition, and there is no doubt it will prove a popular, all-tide facility that provides safe access to the water for a range of users.”

Quote from Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club President, Anthony Bergamo:

“The completed facilities have secured all-tide, all-weather, safe access to Melville Bay for recreational anglers and tourist operators.

“We are very grateful for the support from the Traditional Owners and Northern Territory Government in helping us achieve this fantastic result.

“All construction works have been completed by local contractors and it has been a real boost to the local economy.

“We are very confident the community will enjoy this facility for many years to come.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079

Call for Witnesses – Assault – Nhulunbuy

Northern Territory Police are appealing for information about an alleged assault in Nhulunbuy earlier this week.

Just after 8:30pm on Wednesday a group of four masked men attended a property in Klyn Circuit. Senior Sergeant Daniel Whitfield-Jones said one man was armed with a knife while the other three carried lengths of timber.

“The group knocked on the front door of the property and hid in the darkness until a man at the residence came outside.

“The men then repeatedly struck the victim with their weapons before fleeing to a waiting car in a nearby street and speeding away,” Senior Sergeant Whitfield-Jones said.

The victim suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital.

“We’re told the four men were all of a similar height, around 175 and 180cm tall, of medium build and wearing long sleeved shirts, balaclavas and gloves,” Snr Sgt Whitfield Jones said.

“The car they fled in is described as a small white hatchback or SUV, but we’re not sure what make it is.”

Snr Sgt Whitfield Jones is asking anyone with footage from CCTVs that face onto Wuyal Street to contact Nhulunbuy Police.

Investigators are also seeking help from the public to identify two people who may be able to assist officers with their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Abbott plans flying visit to remote NT boarding school

Tony Abbott will make his first public venture into a remote Aboriginal school today as special envoy on indigenous affairs, visiting the new Dawurr boarding quarters at Nhulunbuy High School in northeastern Arnhem Land.

Mr Abbott announced a priority in his role would be examining how to improve remote indigenous school attendance rates, although today’s brief visit will raise eyebrows for having failed to engage with key local figures such as Gumatj clan leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

Arnhem Land timber to help revitalise Darwin’s CBD, a big win for remote Indigenous saw mill

A remote saw mill in Arnhem Land has secured one of its most significant contracts, supplying timber to the Northern Territory Government’s revitalisation plan for Darwin’s city centre.

The team at the Gumatj saw mill near Nhulunbuy, have been busy cutting local stringy-bark logs for a $2.7 million canopy, which will cover parts of Darwin’s Cavenagh Street.

Gumatj Corporation Limited’s general manager, Allan Rungan, said it was a big deal for the organisation and its workers.

Community cooperation for peaceful Gove AFL Grand Final

The Gove AFL Grand Final was held in Yirrkala on Saturday, 1 September with an incredible turn out by the East Arnhem Community.

Following consultation with the Rirratjingu and Gumatj Aboriginal Corporations, the traditional owners requested licensees implement takeaway alcohol restrictions during the grand final weekend.

Officer in Charge of Nhulunbuy Police, Senior Sergeant Daniel Whitfield-Jones said the community wanted to maintain order and enhance community amenity, social harmony and wellbeing. As a harm reduction initiative, police, in collaboration with all licenced premises in Nhulunbuy, were able to negotiate a reduction in takeaway hours and supply amounts.

“The initiative was a tremendous success, with no domestic violence or other alcohol-related violence or antisocial behaviour being recorded over the weekend. We would like to thank the community for their support during this period,” he said.

“This is a great example of what our community can achieve when we all work together.”

Surf Club a finalist in the National Surf Life Saving Club of the Year Awards

The Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club is proud to announce that we are a finalist in the 2017/18 National Surf Life Saving Club of the Year Awards.

The champion club will be announced in Sydney on Saturday 27th October at the SLSA Awards of Excellence 2018.

Despite some challenges with fires, multiple cyclones and a major employer in town closing, the GPSLSC has risen to the challenge and has grown year on year with 2017/18 being a stellar year.

The GPSLSC hosted the NT Titles and won the champion club trophy, built and opened a new club house, delivered multiple new club assets and facilities, donated a further $30,000 to local clubs and charities and successfully completed a $1,000,000 capital works program.

We have expanded lifesaving services which include remote beach patrols, coordinated beach clean-ups and expanded our membership base.

Importantly in 2017/18, GPSLSC established strategic partnerships to assist us in delivering our goals. Partnerships were established with the NT Government, Northern Land Council, Traditional Owner groups and Rio Tinto.

To top it all off, the GPSLSC is now a finalist in the National Surf Life Saving Club of the Year Awards.

Congratulations to all committee members, past and present and to all those active members and volunteers who over many decades have made this the great club that it is today.

If we manage to pull this off, this award will be for each and everyone of you.

Wish us luck.