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The Northern Territory news Thu 8 Mar 2018



The Northern Territory news Thu 8 Mar 2018

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THURSDAY MARCH 8 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 20-50 per cent chance of a tropical cyclone forming from Saturday, warns the Bureau of Meteorology. Environmental conditions are favourable for cyclone development, and the bureau is monitoring the situation in the Gulf of Carpentaria very closely, BOM meteorologist Chris Kent said. The monsoon trough is now located over water in the Gulf of Carpentaria, which increases the chances of tropical low formation. Darwin will not be affected by these developments this week, with only a slight to medium chance of afternoon and evening storms, he said. If a tropical cyclone does form this weekend, it will be named Tropical Cyclone Linda and be the first tropical cyclone in the northern region for the 2017-18 season. Further south, Territorians should brace for rain as Mr Kent said a significant rainfall event would affect southeastern areas of the NT, including the Barkly and Simpson districts. Widespread three-day rainfall totals are in the range of 50-100mm across the Simpson and eastern Barkly Districts. Daily rain of 20-50mm is possible today and Friday, with isolated falls of 50-80mm. Weekend cyclone chances increase as weather intensifies THE Territorys Arnhem and Carpentaria Districts can expect to be slammed by heavy rainfall this weekend, as a potential cyclone develops off the coast. The NT Region has a LAUREN ROBERTS Field technician Paul Armstrong and research scientist Shannon Burchert with blacklip rock oysters Picture: PATRINA MALONE Suicide help no nearer IT WILL be at least another four months before any suicide prevention strategy is put in place in the NT, despite promises in June that it would be in place by the end of last year. Labor pledged before the 2016 election that it would halve NT suicide rates in 10 years, if it were elected. However, more than 18 months after the election, there is still no strategy in place. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said a suicide prevention co-ordination committee had been developed by the health department. Community consultations to inform the renewed strategy were conducted from May through to July 2017, Ms Fyles said. It is anticipated that the renewed Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan will be launched mid-year. On Tuesday a Kaefer employee at the Inpex site became the 14th person related to the project to die. It is understood the fly-in, fly-out worker, who played rugby union for a local club, was found dead while off-duty at the 3500-person Manigurrma Inpex camp. Workers on the Inpex project were told on Tuesday evening they must continue working or have a medical certificate after the death. In a notice informing all employees of the FIFO workers death, subcontractor Cape PSI-3 told workers the site would remain open. Employees are expected to work in accordance with their roster annual leave will not be granted retrospectively and personal leave will require a medical certificate, the sign said. There was no reference to counselling services available to workers. One FIFO worker posted to Facebook, saying the sign was not good enough. Not even a phone number for the workers to call if they are struggling to cope with the death of a co-worker, he wrote. I would have thought that in todays day and age the HR department would at least copy and post the token phone numbers at a bare minimum. It seems theres still so much work to do before workers are seen as more than productivity hours. It is understood other notices, including from the main contractor JKC, included phone numbers for employees to call. Anyone seeking support can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 PHILLIPPA BUTT SUCCESS in the third trial of a tropical oyster breeding program at Darwin Aquaculture Centre has 12,000 oysters ready to be exported to remote communities. Warruwi and Pirlangimpi will each receive 4000 blacklip rock oysters, with the remaining oysters to remain at the centre for future breeding programs. Primary Industry and Resources Minister Ken Vowles said the program would provide work to the communities. We want to see this expand, we want to see local jobs, local people in communities supplying local produce, he said. DAC research scientist Samantha Nowland said development and research meant the oysters were now four months old. Thats a significant increase in production in hatcheries. Oysters earmarked for remote destinations WILL ZWAR Darwin Masters Rugby 10s $15,000 Division 1 (have a crack!) - Prize Pool - Cash & Trophies Division 2 (have for fun!) - Prize Pool - Beverage & Trophies Darwin Masters Rugby 10s for Rugby Players Aged 35+. Kicks off 10am daily. Skycity Darwin, Little Mindil, Darwin Australia Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th March FREE ADMISSION. LICENSED VENUE STRICTLY NO B.Y.O.

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