The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020
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26 NEWS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Sad loss of NT legend Helmut Schimmel sold palms to Saudi Arabia. Picture: Patrina Malone THE Northern Territory has lost one of its best-known horticulturists, Helmut Schimmel, former owner of Ironstone nursery at Knuckeys Lagoon. Mr Schimmel, 80, died in a quad bike accident on his cattle station west of Marrakai last week. Like so many long-term Territorians his story is amazing. Flying to Australia as a young backpacker, he landed in Darwin, where he stayed for a short time before continuing to Melbourne. But he decided to return to Darwin, which he never left. Eventually he bought a parcel of land in Berrimah, where Ironstone Lagoon Nursery now stands. Mr Schimmel started working with Darwin gardens a decade before Cyclone Tracy and saw the city change from brown to green. He and Cyclone Tracy had a lot to do with bringing about that change. On the night of Cyclone Tracy, Mr Schimmel and wife Joy lived in a Lagoon Road tin donga. Joy was seven months pregnant with their son, Hardy. They rode out Tracy in a wardrobe, inside their tin home, which was lifted off its foundations but fortunately settled down safely. Mr Schimmel started the popular family nursery Ironstone, about two years before the cyclone and it played a big role in the lush green tropical city we now enjoy. Over decades Ironstone won awards and was the premier nursery in Darwin. In fact such were his skills as a horticulturist, Mr Schimmel even sold palms to the country synonymous with palm trees Saudi Arabia. Mr Schimmel is survived by Joy and Hardy. GARY SHIPWAY Tragic accident claims famous horticulturist Helmut Hayne says girl did not want sex EX-NRL star Jarryd Hayne says he knew the woman who has accused him of sexual assault didnt want to have sex but denies forcing himself on her or any wrongdoing. The former Parramatta and NSW fullback on Friday broke his two-year silence on the matter when he testified in the Newcastle District Court, claiming at no point did the woman tell him to stop or say no. Hayne took the stand having pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent aggravated by recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm. The trial continues. STEVE ZEMEK Jarryd Hayne. Welcome Home to Mitchell Creek Green
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