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The Northern Territory news Thu 11 Jun 2020



The Northern Territory news Thu 11 Jun 2020

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THURSDAY JUNE 11 2020 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA NT officer gets sacked over slogan JASON WALLS AN NT Police officer who produced singlets adorned with an offensive slogan referencing the fatal shooting of 19-yearold Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu last year has been sacked. The 61-year-old was suspended without pay in April after distributing the singlets emblazoned with the words Dont wanna get shot DONT stab a cop!. Constable Zach Rolfe was charged with murder over Mr Walkers death and is contesting the charge in court. In April, Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said he had been made aware of highly inappropriate content that has been posted on social media and called for an investigation. He condemned the content in the post and urged people to delete the post and not share it. Mr Chalker offered his sincere apology to the community for the actions of the individual or individuals who may have created the material that has appeared. At the time of the suspension, Assistant Commissioner Michael White described the slogan as highly inappropriate. For a serving officer to be involved in this behaviour brings disrepute to the entire police force and this behaviour is unacceptable, he said. The offensive slogan AUSTRALIAS largest barramundi farm is on its way to expanding, lodging development plans to build a new 2.2ha hatchery on Channel Island. Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm, owned and operated by the NTs Richards family, was granted the Territorys first Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan in 2018 and is expected to tap into the funding to build its new hatchery. Chief executive Dan Richards said construction of the facility, which could take up to a year, was expected to cost about $9 million. There will be 30 jobs created during construction of Phase 1 and about 10 ongoing positions to run the hatchery. According to development plans, the company will develop the barramundi hatchery and breeding farm on land about 2km off Channel Island Rd. The company is applying for an exceptional development permit because the land is currently zoned conservation, though 60 per cent of the projects footprint is on land that has been previously cleared for construction of a now disused prawn farm. NT barra farm in move to expand MADURA MCCORMACK madura.mccormack@news.com.au Under Stage 1 of the plans 1.6ha of scrub would need to be cleared and the rest in Stage 2. Documents state the proposed clearing will not directly impact mangrove or rainforest habitats that have important conservation values and will pose a low risk to biodiversity. The proposed farm will aid in the realisation of the economic potential of uses associated with Darwin Harbour, development plans stated. Mr Richards said the farms ability to establish a hatchery would help underpin its selective breeding program and allow it to take control and ensure it had the best quality barra for farming. Basically what we are working to do is to build the facility to get our own hatchery operating and in the future give ourselves room to grow, he said. Mr Richards said about 60 per cent of the barra Australians ate was imported and the company hoped to reduce the reliance on overseas stocks. Humpty Doo Barramundis NAIF loan is worth up to $7.18 million. The development application is open for public submissions until midnight on June 26. Creative ideas for recovery GARY SHIPWAY gary.shipway@news.com.au THE NT Government is establishing a Creative Industries COVID-19 Recovery Working Group and funding a feasibility study into creating a textile manufacturing hub for the Territory. They are two key recom mendations in the NTs first Creative Industries Strategy. Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said the five-year strategy aimed to grow the economic, social and cultural significance of the sector with a series of identified goals, actions and measures to ensure a co-ordinated ap proach between industry, all levels of Government and the philanthropic sector. She said the creative sector injected about $735 million into the local economy each year. https://dtsc.nt.gov.au/ arts-and-museums/creativeindustries-strategy-20202024 Serina Pech entertained guests at the Creative Industries launch. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD

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