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NT Police statistics show worrying crime trends in Darwin and Palmerston - NT News

EVERY major crime statistic except sexual assault and car theft has increased by double digits in Palmerston while commercial break-ins in Darwin rose a staggering 90 per cent in a 12 month period.

Following the release of the latest statistics from NT Police, Commander of the Darwin metropolitan area Brent Warren offered few specific explanations relating to Palmerston, while acknowledging the statistics which covered a period from May 1 2016 to April 30, 2017.

“Police continue to work with businesses and residents to provide crime prevention advice and support to reduce the incidence and impact of this offending,” he said.

Sexual assaults increased by 6.5 per cent while car theft dropped by 5.1 per cent.

Everything else in Palmerston rose by a minimum of 22 per cent — domestic violence assault by 27 per cent while house break-ins rose by 52.9 per cent and alcohol related assault...


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$30 million RAAF Darwin boost - NT News

A $30-MILLION upgrade of aircraft facilities in Darwin forms part of the first projects outlined by the US Force Posture Initiative, the NT News can reveal.

The forward work projects involve improving the aircraft maintenance facility and expanding the aircraft parking apron at RAAF Darwin.

More than 200 Territory business were guided through the procurement system of the United States Navy by a team from the Hawaii-based Naval Facilities Engineering Command. NAVFAC is the US Department of Defence organisation responsible for the delivery and management of US-funded military construction projects in Australia. Around $1 billion is expected to be spent as part of the joint Force Posture Initiative, which involves the basing of a 2500 rotational US marine force and a significant air support.

Department of Business chief executive Michael Tennant opened the day telling the group the...


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Darwin, the car wreck capital - NT News

DARWIN is in danger of becoming known as the car wreck capital of Australia, city alderman Mick Palmer has warned.

Mr Palmer said car wrecks abandoned on footpaths and traffic islands along Darwin’s main roads were giving tourists an ugly impression of our tropical city and he wants the Territory Government to put a stop to it.

Hundreds of visitors and tourists travel daily along Bagot Rd to and from Darwin International Airport.

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For almost two weeks, two car wrecks have sat on the footpath on either side of the main thoroughfare to the city near Bunnings. They were still there on Wednesday. Mr Palmer said Government should take tough action against the owners of the dumped cars and, if necessary, remove the cars and force the owner’s to pay the bill.

Mr Palmer is not alone in his thoughts with the boss of the peak body representing Top End tourism saying the wrecked cars could...


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Taxis' Friday night strike threat Darwin - NT News

Taxi drivers have withdrawn a threat to strike following a police blitz targeting vehicle defections including torn seat covers and unclean cars.

Drivers were targeted at the Darwin Airport taxi rank on Wednesday as they waited to pick up lines of tourists arriving on inbound flights.

Licence holders held a crisis meeting on Wednesday night with 80 per cent of the industry agreeing to take strike action if there claims of unfair policing weren’t heard by Infrastructutre Minister Nicole Manison today.

The strike would commence from midnight and extend into the early hours of Saturday, compromising Mitchell St revellers ability to get home.

Traffic police were joined by government motor vehicle inspectors under Operation Lomani targeting defective cars.

More than 50 taxis were inspected and 34 defect notices issued bumpers being held by zip ties, faulty doors, windows and headlights...


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Darwin pensioner claims he's unravelled dunny paper scandal - NT News

FIRST it was chip packets. Then it was chocolate bars. Now it’s toilet paper.

Companies reducing the size of products but not the price has been around for years.

And one observant Darwinite has discovered Australians are getting a crappy deal with bog rolls.

Anula pensioner Michael Woodhams, 75, noticed the Woolworths home brand toilet paper had reduced their sheet size from 11cm x 10cm to 10.5cm x 10cm.

The decrease equals 130cm per roll, or 11 fewer sheets, which means consumers are missing out on about one roll per 24 pack.

“They don’t realise it’s going to be one roll less (in a 24 pack). They probably wouldn’t notice it — but I don’t know how people use toilet paper,” he said.

Mr Woodhams — who buys toilet paper in bulk — said there was just a .05 cent price drop from $3.69 to $3.65 per 12 pack, which is just a 1.08 per cent price reduction despite the 4.54 per cent size...


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Darwin retailer devastated by Council's 'ill-informed' CBD decision - NT News

A DARWIN retailer is devastated by the council’s “ill-informed” decision to let a direct competitor into a free shopfront as part of its plans to revitalise the CBD.

In April, Darwin Council announced it was offering free, 10-week tenancies for two council-owned vacant spaces in the CBD for community and creative industries — a similar tactic to the successful Renew Newcastle project in NSW.

Last Tuesday, a landscape photography business, which also operates at local markets, opened at one of the council sites.

Bush photographer Paul Arnold said the direct competition could be the “nail in the coffin” for his Knuckey St business.

“There are only a certain number of clients in the city, so when you start spreading out income and revenue across more and more it’s going to affect businesses,” he said.

“(Giving shopfronts to creative industries) is a cracking idea; but the basic...


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Darwin water park proposal seeks to build on Aboriginal sacred site, land contaminated with PFAS - ABC Online

Nigel Browne looking stern.

The location where the NT Government is looking to put a huge water park to boost Darwin's sagging economy is both an Aboriginal sacred site and, according to Defence, contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Key points:

  • Property is registered Indigenous sacred site, one of the last in the area
  • Groundwater testing detects banned firefighting chemical PFAS
  • Larrakia people prefer site be developed as cultural centre, not water park

The Government is eying off developing the old Navy fuel tank property near the Darwin Waterfront precinct, and is in talks with the Department of Defence about transferring the site to the Territory.

It is also spending $500,000 of taxpayer's money on a feasibility study for the proposal.

But the ABC can reveal Defence groundwater testing detected the...


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Australian Test cricket side heading to Darwin for training camp - NT News

THE Australian Test cricket team will use Darwin as a launching pad for their tour of Bangladesh, with side to base themselves in the Territory for a week-long training camp in early August.

The Aussies will use the Top End’s humid climate to emulate conditions they will experience in the subcontinent, where they will face a rapidly improving Bangladesh side in a two-Test series.

Locals will get the chance to see the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in the flesh after Cricket Australia, NT Cricket and the NT Government confirmed to the NT News the squad would be based at Marrara Cricket Ground from August 10-16.

Australia will play a three-day inter-squad match during the visit, as well as undertake daily training sessions and game development initiatives with local cricket clubs.

CA team performance manager Pat Howard said Darwin was an ideal destination for the camp.

“We’re...


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Ideas to keep children entertained during Territory school holidays - NT News

Thousands of kids are rejoicing in a month off from school.

For parents it could be a daunting prospect having to entertain their children 24/7.

The Sunday Territorian has you covered with ideas that won’t break the bank and will keep the kids satisfied.

If the little ones like wildlife, check out the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Facebook page. They have a range of programs led by rangers across the Territory.

In Darwin, there are the Leanyer and Palmerston water parks and the lagoon at the Waterfront, which you can cool off at for free.

The Territory is a place waiting to be explored, so why not take them out on a road trip to swim in waterfalls.

The closest watering hole is just 40 minutes drive away.

Berry Springs is beautiful and while there you can also check out Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs Tavern and Crazy Acres Cafe – where you will be able to get your...


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Darwin Rovers to represent NT in FFA Cup after win over Celtic - NT News

DARWIN Rovers will again represent the Northern Territory in the Round of 32 in the FFA Cup after their 2-0 win over a brave Celtic in last night’s Sports Minister’s Cup match.

First-half goals by captain Simon Bell and elusive wingman Dean Molloy were enough to send the Darwin side into next week’s draw.

“We’re delighted to be the NT reps in the Cup again,’’ Rovers manager Jimmy Culligan said.

“Congratulations to Celtic from Alice Springs, they were a lot tougher opposition than we expected, football down there is on the way up, that’s for sure.’’

The ball was in the Rovers’ half for the majority of the first 45 minutes, with Dean Molloy busy on the left wing and captain Simon Bell incisive and strong in the midfield.

It was Bell who stepped up in the 16th minute, opening the scoring with a bending right foot shot that gave Celtic goalkeeper Zac Watts no chance, bending the back...


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NT Police statistics show worrying crime trends in Darwin and Palmerston - NT News

EVERY major crime statistic except sexual assault and car theft has increased by double digits in Palmerston while commercial break-ins in Darwin rose a staggering 90 per cent in a 12 month period.

Following the release of the latest statistics from NT Police, Commander of the Darwin metropolitan area Brent Warren offered few specific explanations relating to Palmerston, while acknowledging the statistics which covered a period from May 1 2016 to April 30, 2017.

“Police continue to work with businesses and residents to provide crime prevention advice and support to reduce the incidence and impact of this offending,” he said.

Sexual assaults increased by 6.5 per cent while car theft dropped by 5.1 per cent.

Everything else in Palmerston rose by a minimum of 22 per cent — domestic violence assault by 27 per cent while house break-ins rose by 52.9 per cent and alcohol related assault...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: NT Police statistics show worrying crime trends in Darwin and Palmerston - NT News

US racer banned by CAMS for doughnuts after Super Truck filmed hooning in Darwin CBD - NT News

UPDATE: American driving legend Robert Gordon’s Australian racing days might be over, after officials banned him from applying for a Competition Visa after he did an “outrageous” doughnut on busy Mitchell St.

Gordon pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court on Monday to performing an “outrageous” doughnut on a busy public road after being told to “put on a show” for fans.

Confederation of Australian Motor Sport executive officer Eugene Arocca has indefinitely denied Gordon from applying for the visa on health and safety grounds.

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He said CAMS will conduct an investigation into the incident.

“With CAMS actively engaging more than ever with local communities, government, and corporate Australia to grow and promote our sport, so-called ‘hoon’ behaviour on public roads is not reflective of our values, nor our member base, and will not be tolerated,” Mr Arocca said.

“It is unfortunate that...


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Crime, Reece Kershaw, police, Darwin, NT, Northern Territory | NT ... - NT News

ORGANISED youth gangs with an average age of 10 are driving skyrocketing break-in rates led by “thrillseeking” juveniles fuelled by meth, according to Territory police commissioner Reece Kershaw.

Police plan to bolster Darwin’s frontline cops as the youth crime wave continues to take its toll on the community.

Mr Kershaw said in one case, officers came into contact with the four-year-old relative of juvenile offender during an investigation into a crime spree.

The April crime statistics revealed a 54 per cent spike in Darwin house break-ins and 52 per cent in Palmerston.

Darwin commercial break-ins also increased by 90 per cent.

In a bid to address the already stretched Darwin resources, Mr Kershaw said a recruit squad of 30 officers would be deployed in the capital to refresh the front lines.

“Part of that would be to refresh our frontline. Historically we’ve always looked after...


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Darwin, the car wreck capital - NT News

DARWIN is in danger of becoming known as the car wreck capital of Australia, city alderman Mick Palmer has warned.

Mr Palmer said car wrecks abandoned on footpaths and traffic islands along Darwin’s main roads were giving tourists an ugly impression of our tropical city and he wants the Territory Government to put a stop to it.

Hundreds of visitors and tourists travel daily along Bagot Rd to and from Darwin International Airport.

.

For almost two weeks, two car wrecks have sat on the footpath on either side of the main thoroughfare to the city near Bunnings. They were still there on Wednesday. Mr Palmer said Government should take tough action against the owners of the dumped cars and, if necessary, remove the cars and force the owner’s to pay the bill.

Mr Palmer is not alone in his thoughts with the boss of the peak body representing Top End tourism saying the wrecked cars could...


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Read more: Darwin, the car wreck capital - NT News

$30 million RAAF Darwin boost - NT News

A $30-MILLION upgrade of aircraft facilities in Darwin forms part of the first projects outlined by the US Force Posture Initiative, the NT News can reveal.

The forward work projects involve improving the aircraft maintenance facility and expanding the aircraft parking apron at RAAF Darwin.

More than 200 Territory business were guided through the procurement system of the United States Navy by a team from the Hawaii-based Naval Facilities Engineering Command. NAVFAC is the US Department of Defence organisation responsible for the delivery and management of US-funded military construction projects in Australia. Around $1 billion is expected to be spent as part of the joint Force Posture Initiative, which involves the basing of a 2500 rotational US marine force and a significant air support.

Department of Business chief executive Michael Tennant opened the day telling the group the...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: $30 million RAAF Darwin boost - NT News

Taxis' Friday night strike threat Darwin | NT News - NT News

Taxi drivers have withdrawn a threat to strike following a police blitz targeting vehicle defections including torn seat covers and unclean cars.

Drivers were targeted at the Darwin Airport taxi rank on Wednesday as they waited to pick up lines of tourists arriving on inbound flights.

Licence holders held a crisis meeting on Wednesday night with 80 per cent of the industry agreeing to take strike action if there claims of unfair policing weren’t heard by Infrastructutre Minister Nicole Manison today.

The strike would commence from midnight and extend into the early hours of Saturday, compromising Mitchell St revellers ability to get home.

Traffic police were joined by government motor vehicle inspectors under Operation Lomani targeting defective cars.

More than 50 taxis were inspected and 34 defect notices issued bumpers being held by zip ties, faulty doors, windows and headlights...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: Taxis' Friday night strike threat Darwin | NT News - NT News

Darwin pensioner claims he's unravelled dunny paper scandal | NT ... - NT News

FIRST it was chip packets. Then it was chocolate bars. Now it’s toilet paper.

Companies reducing the size of products but not the price has been around for years.

And one observant Darwinite has discovered Australians are getting a crappy deal with bog rolls.

Anula pensioner Michael Woodhams, 75, noticed the Woolworths home brand toilet paper had reduced their sheet size from 11cm x 10cm to 10.5cm x 10cm.

The decrease equals 130cm per roll, or 11 fewer sheets, which means consumers are missing out on about one roll per 24 pack.

“They don’t realise it’s going to be one roll less (in a 24 pack). They probably wouldn’t notice it — but I don’t know how people use toilet paper,” he said.

Mr Woodhams — who buys toilet paper in bulk — said there was just a .05 cent price drop from $3.69 to $3.65 per 12 pack, which is just a 1.08 per cent price reduction despite the 4.54 per cent size...


Read full article on News GN Northern Territory


Read more: Darwin pensioner claims he's unravelled dunny paper scandal | NT ... - NT News

Darwin retailer devastated by Council's 'ill-informed' CBD decision ... - NT News

A DARWIN retailer is devastated by the council’s “ill-informed” decision to let a direct competitor into a free shopfront as part of its plans to revitalise the CBD.

In April, Darwin Council announced it was offering free, 10-week tenancies for two council-owned vacant spaces in the CBD for community and creative industries — a similar tactic to the successful Renew Newcastle project in NSW.

Last Tuesday, a landscape photography business, which also operates at local markets, opened at one of the council sites.

Bush photographer Paul Arnold said the direct competition could be the “nail in the coffin” for his Knuckey St business.

“There are only a certain number of clients in the city, so when you start spreading out income and revenue across more and more it’s going to affect businesses,” he said.

“(Giving shopfronts to creative industries) is a cracking idea; but the basic...


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Read more: Darwin retailer devastated by Council's 'ill-informed' CBD decision ... - NT News

Australian Test cricket side heading to Darwin for training camp | NT ... - NT News

THE Australian Test cricket team will use Darwin as a launching pad for their tour of Bangladesh, with side to base themselves in the Territory for a week-long training camp in early August.

The Aussies will use the Top End’s humid climate to emulate conditions they will experience in the subcontinent, where they will face a rapidly improving Bangladesh side in a two-Test series.

Locals will get the chance to see the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in the flesh after Cricket Australia, NT Cricket and the NT Government confirmed to the NT News the squad would be based at Marrara Cricket Ground from August 10-16.

Australia will play a three-day inter-squad match during the visit, as well as undertake daily training sessions and game development initiatives with local cricket clubs.

CA team performance manager Pat Howard said Darwin was an ideal destination for the camp.

“We’re...


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Read more: Australian Test cricket side heading to Darwin for training camp | NT ... - NT News

Darwin water park proposal seeks to build on Aboriginal sacred site, land contaminated with PFAS - ABC Online

Nigel Browne looking stern.

The location where the NT Government is looking to put a huge water park to boost Darwin's sagging economy is both an Aboriginal sacred site and, according to Defence, contaminated with toxic chemicals.

The Government is eying off developing the old Navy fuel tank property near the Darwin Waterfront precinct, and is in talks with the Department of Defence about transferring the site to the Territory.

It is also spending $500,000 of taxpayer's money on a feasibility study for the proposal.

But the ABC can reveal Defence groundwater testing detected the presence of PFAS — a chemical associated with a firefighting foam and now banned on Defence facilities.

The property at Stokes Hill also includes a Larrakia sacred site registered with the Aboriginal Areas Protection...


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