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The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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6 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au No action over Jawoyn claims By NICOLE MILLS AN INDEPENDENT investigation into the alleged misuse of Jawoyn Association funds has found insufficient evidence to prove the indigenous organisation broke the law. The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC, the federal agency overseeing taxpayer-funded Aboriginal organisations) started an investigation this year amid allegations that thousands of dollars had been misappropriated. The allegations include claims Arnhem MLA Larisa Lee told Jawoyn staff not to tell the board about claims her brother Preston Lee, the former chief executive, had misappropriated money. It was also alleged Jawoyn Association funds for disadvantaged Aboriginal people were used to help fund Ms Lees election campaign. Ms Lee has denied the allegations and has said her dealings with the Jawoyn Association were lawful and above board. Registrar of Indigenous Corporations Anthony Beven released a statement yesterday announcing the investigation had ended. The Registrar has determined that no criminal or civil action will be taken in relation to the complaints, the statement said. An independent barrister specialising in criminal law reviewed the evidence and concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prove breaches of the legislation. No further comment will be made in relation to the investigation. Jawoyn Association chairman Ryan Baruwei said he welcomed the findings, which closed the door to any legal action. The Jawoyn Association Board of Directors has been very diligent since we intervened in the running of our organisation and we are now confident we are once again heading in the right direction, he said. We have worked very hard on our internal management and we will make sure we continue to do so. The board stepped in earlier this year when Mr Lee was stood down. Local artist Techy Masero has designed an 8m crocodile chomping on a 1.6m barramundi Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Giant 8m croc is an art stopper By CONOR BYRNE ONE of the biggest crocodiles ever built in the Territory has been dipped in a hot zinc bath. The 8m steel croc made from about 500 pieces of steel by artist Techy Masero weighs about half a tonne. I had to do a lot of research, she said. I looked at books and looked at (stuffed croc) Sweetheart in the NT museum. And I read the NT News of course I looked at the great shots in it. The unnamed croc was hot-dipped in a 15m tank in preparation for its unveiling outside Darwin Galvanising in Berrimah. Masero said artists li cence meant it was not an exact replica. You exaggerate all essentials like the ears, the mouth and the teeth, she said. Masero welded and bent by hand all the pieces. The eyes took the longest time, she said. And the 1.5m barramundi in its mouth took weeks to build. Ms Masero normally builds bamboo structures and other features for the Darwin Festival and other NT events. She has also built a 6m barramundi, which remains on display at Wanguri Primary School. But the biggest croc she ever built was a 15m beauty for a Jabiru Festival.