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The Northern Territory news Thu 26 Jun 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 26 Jun 2014

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THURSDAY JUNE 26 2014 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A TENACIOUS magistrate has unearthed the debts of two men who owe a total $12,000 in unpaid fines. Derek Anthony Smiler has 64 criminal convictions and a $5500 debt outstanding, having paid off just $50 in the past 20 years, it was revealed when he faced Darwin Magistrates Court for stealing. Neville Daryl Steven Goodman, convicted and fined $400 for drink-driving, now owes the Fines Recovery Unit $6900. Magistrate Hugh Bradley said justice wasnt served when criminals failed to pay cash penalties. Im not so much worried about the government, Im worried that if someone doesnt obey their punishment there is no punishment, and the whole system begins to fall down, he told the court. Smiler and Goodman both faced court, separately, on charges unrelated to their failure to cough up the dough. But Mr Bradley caught them out. Goodman, who lives at 15 Mile Camp, in rural Darwin, was busted driving unlicensed with an alcohol reading of 0.118 near Jabiru earlier this year. His learner licence expired in 2005. Mr Bradley said he had trouble fining someone who had ignored an accrued debt. But he imposed a $100 fine with two mandatory victim levies of $150, and told Goodman he would go to jail until the liability is discharged if he failed to pay the penalty within 28 days. Without creating a whole bureaucracy I want you to organise to pay off all your old fines and debts, he said. Defence lawyer Trevor Moses said he would escort Goodman to the Fines Recovery Unit. Smiler, 44, of Wadeye, admitted stealing a 700ml limited edition bottle of Bundaberg rum, worth $80, from the Noonamah Tavern. Mr Bradley ordered Smiler be assessed for a community work order. The NT Government says defaulters owe almost $50 million in unpaid fines. Thats 67,000 ignored fines. One Territorian owes $400,000 in unpaid fines. And the NT News still wants to know: Who is the senior bureaucrat ordered to complete community service for an outstanding debt of $14,435 in speeding, traffic and parking fines? By CLAYTON BENNETT Darwin Festival ambassador Chief Minister Adam Giles joins in on some Cambodian aerobics Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Inpex celebrates halfway milestone THE Inpex Ichthys project, which will run gas ashore in and service its vessels from Darwin Harbour from the end of 2016, has reached the halfway mark. Bosses celebrated reaching the most significant construction milestone with a countdown to the 50 per cent completion point after inspection of the projects giant vessels in South Korean shipyards on Tuesday. The $34 billion project, in which a little less than half the cost will be spent on the onshore processing facility in Darwin, will supply gas from the Browse Basin off Western Australia to Japan for at least 40 years. Inpex Australia president Seiya Ito said: Achieving 50 per cent means overall we have completed half of the projects physical fabrication and construction work. Ichthys project managing director Louis Bon thanked said building one of the worlds largest and most exciting resource development projects had its challenges, but they were confident they would deliver Ichthys as planned. I would like to personally thank our project teams and the many contractors and subcontractors involved up to now, and acknowledge the continuing support of our joint venture participants, governments and the communities in which we operate. With first production a little more than two years away, our operations team is working hard to prepare for start-up and commissioning, and we remain absolutely focused on successfully delivering the second half of this world-class project. The liquid nitrified gas and the gas condensate will be pumped aboard a rig-like central processing facility anchored at sea. It will then be processed nearby aboard a ship-like floating production storage and offloading facility before pumping to Darwin. New crimes and old debts Offenders found to owe thousands in unpaid fines Something to move you this dry season THE laidback tropical city of Darwin will be whipped into a whirlwind of festival frenzy. A total of 80 events across 18 days in 37 venues will keep Territorians and tourists alike busy in August during the Darwin Festival. Dozens of acts were announced yesterday for the 2014 festival, which will run from August 7 to 24. Darwin Festival celebrates what makes this city and community so extraordinary, artistic director Edwina Lunn said. It changes the way we view and we use the city ... its like having a holiday in your own city. Headlining the jewel in the dry season social calender will be a performance from Elcho Island sensation Gurrumul with a full orchestra. Aussie Sorrento Moon crooner Tina Arena will perform at the free Opening Night Concert at the Gardens Amphitheatre along with Tiwi Islands favourites B2M. Also taking to the outdoor Botanic Gardens stage will be the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir and local production 100% Darwin. The beloved scruffy bloke who can hold a note, David Garnham, has dragged his Choir of Man from the barbecue to belt out a few tunes in Festival Park while fellow Top Ender David Spry will form The Roots Ensemble. Bagot Festival will open its doors to the general public with various events including the Walking Neighbourhood. Muso Elana Stone will play at the Territory Wildlife Park and Nick Power will bring choreographed hip hop moves and breakdance in Cypher. Matt Cornell and Joshua Thomson will host dance show Blokes while burlesque circus act Briefs will be wacky and fun. Rapper Joelistics will join up with Siettas James Mangohig for a performance titled In Between Sounds. The National indigenous Music Awards will again be part of the festival program, with Dan Sultan, the Tjintu Desert Band and more. Art lovers will be able to enter the old building on the corner of Bennett St and Smith St which has been transformed into an art gallery. See P16 for an interview with Gurrumuls close collaborator Michael Hohnen. INSIDE TODAY DARWIN FESTIVAL GUIDE By CONOR BYRNE in South Korea www.dominatorfreworks.com.au Looking for existing freworks retailers who want a better and expanded range. Let us help you deliver better value to your customers ! If you have a retail business and would like to discuss becoming an awesome dominator outlet in 2015 please give us a call or email. Great turnover, sale or return, new customers in store and guaranteed proft. 0417253002 sales@freworksaustralia.com.au WE WANT YOU!

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