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The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021



The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021

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

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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA dealings. My reputation, my integrity is everything, he said. Mr Lee welcomed critics to investigate public documents of his cases. I just let the court do their job its a civic matter. But when the media sees a little bit of blood in the ocean, there is always a feeding frenzy, he said. In 2017, the Mt Gambier Magistrates Civil Court found Mr Lee had reneged on a con tract to build two units. It was alleged he failed to pay $70,000 in court costs owed, including nearly $29,000 in materials for units owed to a Mt Gambier builder. Mr Lee has since claimed no wrongdoing over questioning calculations and after agreeing to pay the out-of-court costs. When you try to turn things around to clear your name after the judgment has been handed down, it is very, very difficult, he said. In 2018, he was investigated over his involvement in brokering a deal for a Chinese company to buy out a Coonawarra winery while using his mayoral role to gain shares in the deal. The South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption had first referred Mr Lee to the ombudsman but he was later cleared of allegations of misconduct in spite of a ratepayerfunded trip to China securing the deal. Dr Norman Cramp was excited for Darwin Military Muster on Saturday. Picture: Glenn Campbell THE Darwin Military Museum will be commemorating several significant milestones as it hosts its annual Darwin Military Muster. The event will this year be celebrating 100 years of the Royal Australian Airforce and 150 years of the Royal Regiment of the Australian Artillery. And a contingent of WWII vehicles from Alice Springs will also be on display. Museum director Norman Cramp was looking forward to the spectacle saying it was a great opportunity to educate people on the military history of the NT. The military muster is a celebration of Australias history. The defence force will be here in strength bringing the big guns, big trucks and boats, Dr Cramp said. This museum is about telling the story of Australian military history and we are encouraging families to come along so they can learn more. So muster all of the people interested in the NTs military history and tell about our history. The events takes place from 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturday with free entry for kids under 16. NATHANIEL CHAMBERS DARWIN MUSTERS MILITARY Controversial ex-mayor claims hes fit to run for council Candidate defends past A CITY of Darwin election candidate has staunchly defended his past record in public office that landed the former Mt Gambier mayor in court and under investigation over two unrelated matters. Andrew Lee is one of eight candidates battling for three positions in the ward of Lyons. He relocated with his wife and children to Darwin in January 2019 after living in South Australia for 25 years. Mr Lee has previously come under scrutiny for his business The South Australian ombudsman said the mayor walked a fine ethical line. Im a public figure so I have swallowed my pride, he said. Mr Lee felt his time in Mt Gambier had helped him better understand what voters wanted. I always say it is a privilege to be able to serve the community through the council because no doubt people put a lot of trust in you, he said. If you cannot deliver, you better not put your hand up. I can say that in those eight years when I was in council, I had done my best. ANDREW MATHIESON A MAN who fell down a well on a Top End rural property was extremely fortunate to be found, police say. Watch Commander Richard Howie said police received a triple-0 call just after noon on Wednesday from a man who reported he had fallen into a well and was trapped on a property at Darwin River. The well was about 1.8m to 2.4m deep. Batchelor police attended and co-ordinated a rescue which involved police and St John, he said. Fortunately the 66-yearold was able to be located on the large rural block among thick grasses. He was in chest-deep water with his head below ground level. He was well and truly stuck and after some manoeuvring he was able to be extracted with only minor cuts and scrapes. It was extremely fortunate the male had his phone with him and was able to make a call to emergency services, as due to the long grass and being in a well it is unlikely he would have been found otherwise. Man rescued from well JASMINE BURKE WHEN YOU TRY TO TURN THINGS AROUND TO CLEAR YOUR NAME AFTER THE JUDGMENT HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN, IT IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. ANDREW LEE