The federal government has relaxed rules around its work-for-the-dole scheme for remote areas amid criticism it is too harsh on Aboriginal people. The required participation in the Community Development Program have been reduced from 25 hours to 20 hours.
As 2018 draws to a close we decided to revisit some of the stories affecting the region throughout the year, so we suggest you pour yourself your preferred tipple, grab a mince pie, crank up “Fairytale of New York” and journey through some of the stories and articles our volunteers gathered for you in 2018.
Accusations of misconduct have been levelled against the taxi industry in a remote Northern Territory town, including credit cards being “held hostage” and a driver selling a pack of cigarettes to a passenger for $75.
COLLINGWOOD’S Levi Greenwood and Tyson Goldsack were allegedly involved in a physical altercation with ex-AFL player Nathan Djerrkura at a remote Northern Territory pub on Saturday night.
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.
By Matt Garrick
for ABC News
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
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.
Students from Nhulunbuy are making the journey south to Melbourne this week to compete in the RoboCup Junior Australia National Championships to be held at Melbourne Park over Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
The students will build, program and run their own robots and will learn, collaborate and compete with students from all around Australia.
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.