The Northern Territory news Mon 8 Nov 2021
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA HOSPITALITY HELPS OUT HOSPITALITY NT has awarded its first scholarship under the Local Hospitality Upskilling and Development Fund. The fund was announced in July and allowed existing staff to apply for up to $3000 a year for courses, competitions, conferences and non-accredited training. Darwin Trailer Boat Club events and marketing manager Jessy Evans has been funded to develop project management and multiple event marketing skills. Hospitality NT chief executive Alex Bruce said the fund would boost skills. This initiative is all about incentivising hard-working hospitality staff to stay in our industry and master their skills, he said. Jessys application captures that perfectly. Fire death of woman a homicide A WOMAN has died following a structure fire in Alice Springs. Emergency services were called to the fire at a residence in the Hidden Valley Town Camp about 11pm on Friday. A woman and an alleged offender were taken to Alice Springs Hospital for treatment. The woman passed away in hospital on Sunday due to her injuries. An earlier statement from NT Police on Sunday said detectives from the Alice Springs Criminal Investigation Branch and investigators from the NT Fire and Rescue Service believe the fire is the result of a domestic violence incident. Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Schumacher said the alleged offender was receiving treatment for significant burns suffered as a result of the fire. This womans death was a needless tragedy, he said. Detectives are now treating this domestic violence case as a homicide. Anyone with information on the fire is urged to contact police on 131 444 or report the information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference 9839977. Anyone aware of or experiencing domestic and family violence is encouraged to reach out for help. Contact police at any time on 131 444 or in an emergency call triple-0.Hospitality NTs Alex Bruce TWO men busted with a large cache of unsecured guns and ammo at a cattle station south of Katherine, after being caught up in a police cattle rustling sting, have copped five-figure fines. Nenen Cattle Station owner Nicholas John Kostowski, 70, and his son Robert Kostowski, 30, each pleaded guilty in the Katherine Local Court to a raft of firearms offences following a raid in relation to an investigation into the ongoing large scale theft of cattle in June. Cattlemen fined for guns During the raid, police found numerous unregistered and unsecured firearms, including revolvers and semiautomatic rifles, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a bayonet, gel blaster and fireworks. When officers questioned Nicholas Kostowski about the unsecured weapons he told them he had been chasing some cats with one of the shotguns and used one of the rifles to shoot a horse and neglected to put them away. When Robert Kostowski was asked about a revolver re ported stolen from Ban Ban Station and found in his bedroom cupboard he replied bullshit and I didnt steal it. I dont want to put anyone in the shit, but I got it off a bloke, who at the time, was working for a company that had Ban Ban as, in their portfolio sort of thing, he said. When asked about the illegal fireworks Robert Kostowski asked: Fireworks no go? Ill be f--ked, I didnt know that sorry, we pulled out two boxes ... for Territory Day, they were left over from last year, he said. The mens lawyer Ray Murphy told the court his clients used the guns for the legitimate station business of euthanising animals and eradicating pests When you have feral animals coming up around the homestead to go to the safe, to open the safe, to get the thing loaded etc, those pests are gone in the meantime thats the reason that thats sitting there, (but) its no excuse, its certainly unlawful, he said. (Nicholas Kostowski) knows what his obligations are as a firearms owner of many years and that he didnt meet that standard and thats why hes pleaded guilty today. Mr Murphy said Robert Kostowski also used the firearms for legitimate farming purposes, including euthanising cattle. The reason for him having the firearms that he did is not to go around holding up banks or anything like that, its to knock over the feral pests etc at his fathers property, he said. In handing both men $15,000 fines, Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris said they had displayed a blatant disregard for the regulatory require ments in relation to firearms. It is clear from the mass of offences which they have pleaded guilty to that this was a dereliction of their duty, not just to the regulatory scheme but to the safety and security of anyone who lived, worked or visited the property, she said. (But) I do accept counsels submission that these were not connected to some nefarious purpose, there was no drugs or other offending paraphernalia with unregistered firearms or sawn off shotguns, for example, used in relation to other illegal activity and I accept that. JASON WALLS Sisters Jess and Trina Brittain, and Melania Gusmao in their new fashion store, James Boutique, which has opened in a permanent location in Parap. Picture: Glenn Campbell JAMES Boutique was born in the spare bedroom of the Brittain sisters home and since then it has grown into a permanent bright Pink store in Parap. Sisters Jess and Trina Brittain have grown their small, humble online store into a fruitful fashion business which ships nationwide. Jess said the business initially started online, providing same day delivery for Darwin but began to get too many requests for girls to try the garments on. So we tried a pop-up store in Casuarina but couldnt make it feel like our own space, she said. Its nice to now have a permanent location in Parap which is more on brand with who we are as a business. The Darwin-born business specialises in boutique fashion and offers a variety of womens garments. Jess said they have felt a large amount of local support from the Parap community and other business owners in the area. Everyone has been so warm, Jess said. Other businesses from around Parap have come in and said hello or reached out on social media and shared our posts. We would like to thank Melania Gusmao who has worked for us since the beginning. We wouldnt be where we are today without her. Its been a pretty big four-and-ahalf year journey. Its quite humbling. FLOSS ADAMSBRIGHT YOUNG THINGS