The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jul 2014
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04 NEWS WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Police cop barrage of noise complaints POLICE answered more than 120 noise complaints about fireworks over the weekend. Duty Superintendent Garry Smith said that residents should consider noise abatement orders or other avenues before calling police. NT Police often get inundated with noise complaints including firework noise complaints, he said on social media. Just as an example: between 5pm on Friday until 2am (yesterday), Territory Communications received over 120 noise complaints. Every call for service is important to us how ever we do have to prioritise our responses. Believe me we will try to get to your call as soon as we can; however as is often the case, we divert police from low-priority jobs to higher ones as they are received. Noise fines can be up to $576 plus a $40 victims levy. He said complainants could apply for noise abatement orders against their neighbours. It is not always necessary to contact your police, he said. He pointed residents to the NT Summary Offences Act and NT Environment Protection Authority for information. Drug downer for musos TWO musicians were told their drug days were over when they faced court for possessing acid tabs and ecstasy, a taser made from a disposable camera and paperclips, a baton and cannabis plants. Housemates Vaughan Matthees, 27 and Todd James Naumann, 23, pleaded guilty to drug and weapons offences. Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday heard the pair landed in hot water when police raided their share house at Woodroffe, in Palmerston, about four months ago. Their lawyer, Matthew Hubber, said: They both play music and (experimented) with recreational drugs. Prosecutor Lisa Brown said detectives found two cannabis plants 10cm and 45cm high growing under hydroponic lights in a spare bedroom. Matthees, a bottle shop worker, owned up to possessing a shock device powered by a modified disposable camera and two AA batteries, with paperclips as the zap prongs. He was also caught with 16.5 MDMA pills, 7.5 acid tabs and cannabis seeds. Moulden supermarket employee Naumann, also a talented muso who plays drums, guitar, violin and piano, was busted with an extendible baton and seven 12-gauge shotgun bullets, both of which he had forgotten existed. He owned up to possessing 37 ecstasy pills and cannabis seeds. Mr Hubber said Naumann was a keen gardener who volunteered at the local church and Red Cross. Magistrate Michael Carey told the men: You made extremely foolish decisions hopefully your experimentation, as you call it, is over. Youre obviously on the radar of police if it hasnt occurred to you already. The pair will face mandatory sentencing if they return to court on drug offences. Matthees was convicted and fined $1900 and Naumann was convicted and fined $2200. Joelenes PNG trip triggers desire to go green ARRERNTE woman Joelene Puntoriero geared her future towards looking after the environment after she conquered the Kokoda Track. Ms Puntoriero, 27, said the mental endurance was the most challenging part of the 96km Papua New Guinea trek. And the self-discovery strengthened her passion for the environment. Its such a personal journey, she said. Its really a path of selfdiscovery. You need to have the discipline and the positive mindset to keep encouraging yourself to keep going. Ms Puntoriero, based in Darwin, was one of 27 Australian youth leaders to complete the gruelling experience as part of the Jobs Australia Foundations Indigenous Youth Leadership Program. The group donated education materials to an orphanage near Kokoda, and Ms Puntoriero said the wildlife and surroundings on the track fuelled her desire to enter a career that involved collecting flora and fauna samples. She has applied to enrol in a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Charles Darwin University next semester. Papua New Guinea is so much like Darwin, she said. I see huge opportunities here. THE KOKODA TRACK THE Battle of Kokoda was a four-month struggle which began with the Japanese landing in Papua in July 1942. THE Japanese strategy was to take Port Moresby via a 96km track over the Owen Stanley Range. ALONG this track were fought engagements between the Japanese and the Australians. 5000 Australians now complete the trek every year. Indigenous youth leader Joelene Puntoriero helped with donating educational materials to an orphanage near the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea By DAVID WOOD Naumann and Matthees NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN AWARDS NIGHT 29 August 2014 SKYCITY LAWNS ENTER NOW firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 8922 9666Entries close Thursday 12th June 2014 S t i l l t h e C o l d e s t & C h e a p e s t b y F a r. . . S i n c e 1 9 4 1
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