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Prickly Pear in Nhulunbuy

prickly-pearPrickly Pear, Opuntia stricta var dillenii, is a Class A weed in the NT (must be eradicated)…for good reason. It has a hard seed carried in the sweet fleshy fruit, which bird love and will pass through their gut unchanged, ready to germinate. Each fruit and flat branchlet has projections called areoles, housing spines and from which new plants can develop if left in contact with the soil. It is highly drought resistant and if bushfire or stock destroy the top of the plant, it will regenerate from bulb. Yes…think Terminator!

prickly-pearIt seems that the ugly face of Prickly Pear has reached our lovely part of the world. Dhimurru has just been made aware of 2 large plants in town and will remove them asap…but it is absolutely vital that any other plants in town are identified and removed in a clinical and careful manner.

If you have this plant in your yard or in a pot plant do not compost it, bury it or throw it in the bin.

Please call Luke Playford at Dhimurru on 0499037753 to discuss how to deal with it.

 

 

NT election: Walker says legal avenues available if she loses

The politician in line to become the Northern Territory deputy chief minister has said she will consider taking legal action if she loses by less than five votes in the Arnhem Land seat of Nhulunbuy.

After preferences, incumbent deputy Labor leader Lynne Walker is now 10 votes behind independent candidate Yingiya Mark Guyula in the seat of Nhulunbuy.

The NT Electoral Commission will not declare the result until Monday, after the postal vote deadline.

“The only potential next step is if the margin narrows to five or less votes not my way that it can be taken to the Court of Disputed Returns if there is a case that Labor could put,” Ms Walker told Gove FM.

Secret Deal to Resolve Gove Land Rights Dispute

Arnhem Land’s two most powerful clans have secretly agreed to stage their own independent ­judicial inquiry to try to resolve a long-running land rights dispute that has cost millions of dollars and held back development for years.

The Gumatj and Rirratjingu clans are locked in a bitter fight for control of royalties flowing from Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine on the Gove Peninsula and rights to issue leases and collect rents in parts of the region’s main Aboriginal community of Yirrkala.

Yirrkala store scandal

A prominent chef’s visit to a remote Indigenous community’s “disgusting” supermarket has prompted formal complaints to the Health Department and the Northern Land Council (NLC).

South Australian chef Duncan Welgemoed arrived in Yirrkala, about 1,000km east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, last week as a visitor with the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.

It was the chef’s first time in an Indigenous community and he was shocked by the food being sold at Yirrkala’s primary food store.

“[There was] tinned food going mouldy, fruit and vegetables on the shelf were rotting [and] food oxidising in the freezer,” Mr Welgemoed said to 105.7 ABC Darwin.

“It was all pretty disgusting.”

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Empty homes in Nhulunbuy reserved for business despite housing crisis

Accommodation left by Arnhem Land’s departing workers goes to development corporation despite 12-year wait for housing.

Houses and apartments left empty by departing resource workers have been earmarked for a government development corporation to support businesses, despite long waits for public housing in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

There is a 12-year wait for one-bedroom public housing in the remote town, which sits on land excised for Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine on the Gove peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land. It’s the longest wait in the Northern Territory.