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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA JUDITH AISTHORPE Duncan Winterbotham has turned a hobby into a thriving business. The qualified electrician makes floor and desk lamps from sourced branches and stumps of wood. I just find them in the bush when theyre nice and weathered and make them into lamps, he said. Ive honed my skills and worked out better ways of drilling holes in thin branches. He said he started the hobby as a creative outlet but had found people to be quite interested in the sculptured lamps. The twisted branches hide the cables which light up the vintage looking globes. I try and make it look like the cables have been there for a while and have been there with the tree. His favourite type of wood to use is mangrove wood or casuarina pine because of the root structures. The pieces can be bought direct from Mr Winterbotham or from Lulu and Daw in the Star Village Arcade. Id love to be able to quite my job and do it fulltime but at this stage I cant see the demand, he said. To find out more head to DW Designs on Facebook. Duncan Winterbotham with some of his lamps sculpted from old branches Picture: HELEN ORR Branching out with a .... THE Labor Government has walked away from a pre-election commitment at its party conference to decriminalise sex work. When pressed on the issue this week by the NT News the government said it had no current plans for any immediate legislative reforms. NSW is the only other jurisdiction in Australia to decriminalise sex work. Lip service on sex work Labor reneges on pre-election decriminalisation vow At the last NT Labor conference party members unanimously supported a motion calling for safer working choices and workplace environments for sex workers who work in the Northern Territory. The NT ALP within their first 18 months of government will, in consultation with sex workers and their organis ations decriminalise sex work by abolishing the Northern Territory Prostitution Act to allow for worker and business compliance with existing NT legislations. The party also committed to ensuring sex workers are protected by respective Workplace Health and Safety legislation and anti-discrimination laws. The Territorys longstanding ban on brothels means sex workers visit clients at private residences or hotels instead of in regulated and secure facilities. Decriminalising sex work does not mean brothels would be legal. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles said the safety of all workers in the Northern Territory was of paramount importance. We are happy to meet with SWOP, and any other related groups, to discuss this motion but this is not currently a priority for our legislative reform our focus is on delivering on our election commitments, Ms Fyles said. We look forward to working with this sector to ensure the industry is as safe as possible. In 2012, the World Health Organisation declared, All countries should work toward decriminalisation of sex work. The UN also called for decriminalisation of prostitution in 2011, and in 2013, U.N. Women affirmed a statement by UNAIDS calling for decriminalisation. Amnesty International also supports decriminalisation of all adult consensual sex work. P40: Editorial JILL POULSEN LAWYERS representing the family of British backpacker Zoe Woolmer will have the chance to move closer to an out-of-court settlement today. The 23-year-old English backpacker fell to her death at Kings Canyon in 2014. She was posing for a photograph while travelling with Alice Springs company The Rock Tour. The Rock Tour pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty in June this year, and was fined $140,000 in a prosecution by NT WorkSafe. Although at the time Zoes family said the plea was an ad mittance that the company let their daughter down, they dont feel there has been enough acknowledgment of their loss. As a family we have yet to see any sort of recognition from the company that they were responsible for the actions that led to Zoes death, Zoes mother Dawn Woolmer told the NT News. Theres been no apology for not keeping our daughter safe. Solicitor Alison Phillis from Povey Stirk in Alice Springs is representing the family. She said there was a directions hearing behind closed doors earlier this week, and there will be another one today. Its at the very early stages at the moment, Ms Phillis said. Were hopeful this is a matter with can resolve through mediation or a settlement conference, without having to go through all the costs (of court proceedings). The Rock Tours lawyers were contacted for comment. Dawn Woolmer, who lives in Hatfield, just north of London, with husband Steve and daughter Sophie, said a win against the Rock Tour would help the family to move on and get some closure. The family has just marked what would have been Zoes 26th birthday. ANDREA JOHNSTON Woolmer case close to settling Visit us at www.ntde.com.au Phone 08 8945 2100 | Mobile 0409 090 238 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org Darwin Palmerston Katherine Rural areas around NT New Houses Renovations Extensions Residential and Commercia l Cutting-edge,moderndesign HighlyskilledteamPromptservice We specialise in Building Design and Structural Drawin g Services for:
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