That was 2018

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.

It opened with our popular Airnorth petition and the announcement that Laynha Air would cease operations after more than 30 years service in the region.

Several ‘Closing the Gap‘ related articles and posts in February highlighted more missed targets while the NT News was excited to report a forthcoming royal visit.

March saw Skinnyfish Records release the first track from the late, great Gurrumul’s upcoming final album, Djarimirri, described as “one of the most ambitious projects in Australian music history”. Tropical Cyclone Nora was blowing around in the while English newspapers were having a field day with Aussie cricket’s ‘Sandpapergate‘.

It wasn’t all about Charly coming to town in April 2018 (too many illicit substances are readily available), the Surfy not only opened the doors to its new clubhouse, but it also won NT Club of the Year! However, April will be remembered for the release of Gurrumul’s posthumous album, the hauntingly beautiful Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow).

An Australian first saved a critically-ill baby while the region was shocked by the death of a 12 year old as a result of petrol abuse, in May.

The most popular posts in June reported on the waste washing up on beaches across and waste of another kind being dumped in Bottlebrush Avenue.

July’s news that ALL children in custody in the NT are Indigenous was hardly surprising but unwelcome all the same. Fifteen people, including five children, were rescued from their overloaded dinghy, no doubt out searching for rare coins.

August is always dominated by Garma, where Australian novelist Richard Flanagan issued a warning. Galiwin’ku residents were still waiting on housing, three years after Cyclone Lam destruction while families in Yirrkala and Ramingining moved into their new homes.

By a country mile, the most popular post this year was the close encounter with a whale shark and while NT Police reinforcements were sent to Groote Eylandt in September, was planning a flying visit to the new Nhulunbuy boarding school. In fact, his visit was so quick we missed it!

It was an unlucky October for the man after being found with $28,000 worth of weed. October also saw the tragic first death by a sea snake in Australia and the shocking news of a female ranger taken by a crocodile. Apparently, it’s ‘like being a slave‘ if you are on the dole but at least Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was giving everyone $1000 to stop sharing stupid Facebook hoaxes!

They were throwing pies around in November while the police were appealing for witnesses following the bashing of a local taxi driver. The CEO of NLC quit under a bit of a cloud as we later learned, a local boy was airlifted to Darwin following a stoush with local sharks (not pies) and the new boat ramp opened.

In December, we asked the Lord to give us strength as the year closed out with record temperatures, our first cyclone warning of the season and pissing off PETA while offending vegans, vegetarians, women and the poor, by using phrases like “bringing home the bacon”. Sadly, we wrapped up 2018 with the tragic news of another fatality on our roads. Not the start to the festive season we would hope for and our thoughts are with all those who have lost someone this year.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

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