The Northern Territory news Sat 13 Jan 2018
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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new centre at the Bohning Sale and Spelling Yards which will transform the facility into a training hub for the Northern Territory Cattlemans Association. The new centre will give students a taste of what its like to live and work in the Red Centre, as well as show them the ins and outs of a working cattleyard. NTCA chief executive Paul Burke said the Alice Springs location was a great spot for the learning hub. Weve had them for 15-20 years and weve always just run them as spelling yards, he said. With the new training centre well be able to show students the entire supply chain, and a part of Australia they might not have seen. Its all about Alice Springs this year. The first people to experience the new centre will be a Cattleyard centre work begins group of 20 overseas students participating in the NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program. The group will travel to Alice Springs in March for an intensive two-week accredited practical training block that will equip them with the skills needed to operate successfully in the cattle supply chain. This will give the Indonesian students a unique opportunity to experience cattle transportation and handling in an Australian context, Mr Burke said. The programs project manager Kylie Gracey is currently in Indonesia completing the first round of recruitment for participants. EMMA MURRAY Paul Burke bunnings.com.au Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but products may be ordered. Bunnings Group Limited BBNT4639W2B View our latest catalogue at bunnings.com.au $299038mm. Black. 1142610 1800 x 900mm Aluminium Fence Panel Outdoor Sunscreen Roller Blind 180 x 210cm. Hand crank operation. Premium fabric. 0012416 $98 4L Granular Soil Wetter Treats up to 80m. 3010387 $1029 120cm Ceiling Fan White. Oyster light. 4440610 $7872 Weathershield Exterior paint. 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Stand sold separately. 3192610 $89 The Northern Territory Government is proposing reforms to the way Territorians vote and the rules for conducting elections for the Legislative Assembly. An Electoral Reform Discussion Paper has been released to give Territorians the information they need to provide feedback. Go to www.haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/electoralreform to read the Electoral Reform Discussion Paper and complete the survey. Email written submissions to email@example.com or post to Electoral Reforms, Reply Paid 4396, Darwin, NT 0801 For more information call 8999 8935. Please provide your feedback by 19 January 2018. HAVE YOUR SAY! NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTORAL REFORM CLOSING SOON 00 93 JF 06 NEWS SATURDAY JANUARY 13 2018 From FIFO to meth dealer A FORMER Inpex worker has pleaded guilty to being the middle man in a scheme to import almost 10 ounces of methamphetamine into the Territory last year. Daniel James Bissett, 33, appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday, charged with one count of possessing a commercial quantity of the drug. The 278gm of meth recovered by police when they arrested Bissett in June was the second largest seizure of the drug in 2017. If onsold, the meth would have had a street value of between $77,000 and $116,000. The court heard Bissett, a former Inpex FIFO worker, introduced the Darwin buyer to his Queensland supplier and agreed to receive the drugs in Darwin before passing them on to the buyer but was arrested before he got the chance. Bissetts lawyer, Jodi Truman, had her client take the stand, where he told the court he had refused to identify either the buyer or seller out of fear for his safety. Bissett denied he knew the quantity of meth he was to receive would be so large, saying he understood the supplier would be sending him five ounces, or 140gm, of the drug and he was to keep one ounce for his personal use as payment. Bissett said he had been a regular meth user while working at Inpex, usually in his week off, but had let loose a little bit since he was made redundant in March. He said he would use between one and 1.5 grams of meth a day with friends and then have two or three days off, sleep, eat, try and be half sensible, and then party again. Bissett has no prior convictions, but admitted to also being a long-time steroid user, and said he was 100 per cent sorry for what hed done. I wasnt thinking clearly. I was high on steroids and meth, he said. Ms Truman said Bissett had taken responsibility for his actions and that prison had been extremely salutary for him. She said he was kind of glad it happened as he had not realised how far down the rabbit hole his drug use had taken him. Bissett will be sentenced next week. JASON WALLS
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