The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014
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THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Territory songstress Jessica Mauboy has credited partner Themeli Magripilis with keeping her level-headed Picture: HUGH STEWART FOR INSTYLE Love grounding Jessica as her career blossoms THE world is her stage, but for Australias pop darling Jessica Mauboy theres only one man to play Romeo to her Juliet and thats Darwin-based boyfriend, Themeli Magripilis. With her career about to take another giant leap forward, performing to a global audience estimated at one billion viewers for the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Mauboy has opened up about the love that keeps her going. Confirmed as a new Swisse health and wellness ambassa dor, the songbird, 24, credits the happy balance shes found between her home life and professional success to her longterm, council worker beau. Mauboy had her man by her side during her recent historymaking Eurovision performance, turning the cobbled streets of Copenhagen. It felt very Romeo and Juliet, like a love story, Mauboy gushed. Wed go to the bakery, buy some bread and ham and wine, then sit in the park and have it. It was really the calm before the storm for me ... having him there meant a lot. After almost a decade together, the couple know what going the distance means, with Mauboys music and film commitments taking her around the world, for long periods at a time. It was always my fear to think how long we could sustain and keep control of our re lationship, but the beauty of it is that even though I dont always get to see him, when I do I appreciate the fact that hes there. Hes always there and has always been there. Defining their romance in musical terms, Mauboy says: it is a rhythm and there is a beat and you have to step it out, work it out. It cannot be forced ... forcing anything would be your downfall. It can get too much. But he allows us to just be open, be a little bit more free and whats really amazing is that weve come from the same town. We understand that world and he always takes me back there and reminds me of the 11year-old or 16-year-old who started singing country and then moved to the pop world. Taking on the Swisse role gives Mauboy the chance to share important health messages, not simply with the indigenous community who hold her dear as a role model. Mauboy will be the star performer at the Celebrate Life Ball in Melbourne on June 13, which is aimed at raising funds for Sydney Childrens Hospital Randwick and the new Monash Childrens Hospital in Melbourne. By HOLLY BYRNES It felt very Romeo and Juliet, like a love story Teachers dispute claim TEACHERS have denied claims the unions decision to delay negotiations for a new enterprise bargaining agreement until after the next election could cost teachers more than $27,000. AEU NT acting president Stephen Pelizzo said the union was ready to negotiate with the Government. Its not the union that doesnt want to negotiate, its the Government, he said. Mr Pelizzo said that pay was not even at the top of his members concerns. Our members want schools better resourced and supported, including better teacherstudent ratios, he said. Mr Pelizzos claims follow comments by Public Employment Minister John Elferink. Mr Elferink has said the union executive has no strategy to move forward and was letting teachers miss out on an average of $27,495 in pay over the life of the current offer. Pilbrow an inspiration AN Alice Springs carer and long-term community advocate has been recognised for his work on social justice issues affecting vulnerable families in the 2014 HESTA Community Sector Awards. Jonathan Pilbrow was one of five finalists in the Unsung Hero category for his policy work, and his efforts in assisting indigenous families with a range of issues while being foster carer to three high-needs children. Involved in many social justice campaigns over a 15-year period, Mr Pilbrow has held roles working with both the Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) and Northern Territory Shelter. Mr Pilbrow and his wife Christine have been carers for 10 years. The finalists will be announced during the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) National Conference on Wednesday, June 11. Creating opportunities THE first meeting of the Disability Reform Council has identified eight issues to help create opportunities for those less physically advantaged. The meeting, in Alice Springs on Friday, heard how businesses employed disabled people and what could be learned in the Territory. Council chairwoman Vicki OHalloran said: It was a pleasure to work through the diverse agenda including the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial in the Barkly, the upcoming Disability Services Strategy and other operational matters with a focus on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the Northern Territory. There are key matters to be followed up including gathering information from NDIS trial sites, alongside researching best practice operations in our nation and overseas. The next meeting is scheduled for August. SIREN OF STYLE TERRITORY starlet Jessica Mauboy has scooped two big awards at a ceremony in Sydney. Mauboy has become the youngest ever winner at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards. Our Jess collected both the Entertainment award, alongside actor Rebecca Gibney, and Readers Choice Award. Mauboy told magazine Instyle which is on sale today that she was inspired most by friends, family and the incredible country and landscape that surrounds me daily. Mauboy exudes style and glamour. But despite her beauty and fashion sense, she has a more down to earth take on it. Style to me is being comfortable with who you are, being happy and comfortable in your own skin, she said.