The Northern Territory news Wed 28 Apr 2021
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WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Search on for best ambulance cadet THE NTs St John Ambulance cadets will battle it out at the annual first-aid competition this weekend. The St John cadets, aged between 12 and 17, will compete as individuals or as a team at the Territory Wildlife Park on May 1. The competition will involve the cadets being faced with an emergency scenario, sometimes involving prosthetics and fake blood, which they will have 20 minutes to resolve. Cadets wont know what theyll be facing until they see the scene, Volunteer Commissioner Mel Crompton said. Theyre facing the same challenge, using identical equipment and have the same amount of time to complete the tasks ahead of them, Ms Crompton said. The events are designed to test competency in a broad range of skills, including first-aid and patient care. The winners of each category will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the National First Aid Competition held in Tasmania in 2022. The national winner will then have the opportunity to compete at an international level. SARAH MATTHEWS A St John cadet. Picture: Supplied ART DIRECTOR IS NAMED DARWINS Northern Centre for Contemporary Art has appointed Petrit Abazi as its new director. Mr Abazi is an accomplished art historian, curator and writer with 16 years industry experience. He has a University of Trento Art History degree and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. He has worked successfully across a broad range of arts organisations in Europe and Australia. NCCA Chair Alastair Shields said the board was delighted to welcome Mr Abazi to the team. Petrit brings an energy and enthusiasm to the role which will ensure that the NCCA builds upon its reputation as the NTs leading contemporary arts organisation, he said. High-profile NT cattle stations hit the market A COLLECTION of cattle stations bigger than some European countries has been listed for sale in northern Australia. Experts say a rush of rural properties on to the market in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia in recent weeks is being driven by record strong buyer demand stemming from low interest rates, soaring agricultural commodity prices and improved seasonal conditions. The listings include three high-profile portfolios of land totalling 3.5 million hectares bigger than Belgium (3.05 million hectares), Turkey (2.38 million hectares) and Slovenia (2.03 million hectares) worth at least $485m combined. The portfolios include: Billionaire mining mag nate Gina Rineharts offering of seven cattle stations, covering 1.88 million hectares of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, which are expected to fetch about $300m; Stanbroke Pastoral Companys 438,000-hectare Mi randa Downs Station at Normanton in Queensland, which was listed last week with expectations of $150m, and; Former Australian Agricultural Company chairman Nick Burton-Taylors 211,000-hectare Bellevue and Nychum stations at Chillagoe, about 300km northwest of Cairns. Bellevue and Nychum are expected to fetch upwards of $35m. Danny Thomas, senior director of specialist rural agency LAWD, explained that buyer demand for high-quality grazing properties in northern Australia was outstripping supply as established players look to take the opportunity to aggressively expand amidst continuing strong commodity prices and record low interest rates. The NT News understands these properties could soon be joined on the market by the one million-hectare Walhallow Station in the Northern Territorys Barkly Tablelands region, currently owned by Australian-born, Bahamas-based billionaire Brett Blundy. Mr Blundy, whose BB Retail Capital (BBRC) has stakes in retail chains such as Adairs and Universal Store, has been an active player in the Northern Territory beef industry in recent decades having put together almost 2.5 million hec tares of land. He paid Paraway Pastoral Company $100m for Walhallow in 2015 in what was then believed to be the single biggest cattle station deal in Australias history. Mr Blundy also owns three stations at nearby Elliot: the 707,800-hectare Beetaloo, the 316,900-hectare Amungee Amungee and the 346,900hectare Mungabroom. BBRC did not respond to a request for comment on Walhallow while rumoured selling agent Ben Cameron, of Bentleys International Advisory, declined to comment. One million-hectare Walhallow Station in the Northern Territorys Barkly Tablelands region. Picture: Supplied JAMES WAGSTAFF Mining magnate Gina Rinehart. Picture: Supplied Australian-born, Bahamas-based billionaire Brett Blundy. ESTABLISHED PLAYERS LOOK TO EXPAND AMIDST CONTINUING STRONG COMMODITY PRICES AND RECORD LOW INTEREST RATES DANNY THOMAS ,,