VJ vying to be crowned Darwin’s best muso
DARWIN singer/songwriter VJ Bumanlag has been playing the guitar ever since he was a young teenager and one day hopes to make a career out of his music.
The 22-year-old is one of many talented Territorians entering Mindil Beach Sunset Market’s competition to uncover Darwin’s best muso.
Mr Bumanlag put his skills to the test in the first heat of Darwin’s Musician Search on September 3 and said it was a great experience playing in front of a massive crowd.
“I usually play in bars and restaurants so it was awesome to play in a different kind of scene where people are competing,” he said.
If Mr Bumanlag is crowned Darwin’s best muso, he gets to take home $1000 cash as well as a paid Mindil performance spot in 2018 and a Hot 100 live recorded session.
Heats to find Darwin’s best muso finished yesterday with the big final being held on September 24.
For more information go to Mindil.com.au FANCY going to a watery grave for your final rest?
If so, you’d better cark it shortly.
The Territory is expected to outlaw sea burials next year.
The only place burials at sea are permitted to take place in NT is in the North Gutter, about 30 nautical miles from Darwin.
It’s a popular fishing spot, with a water depth of just 60m.
A review of the NT’s Cemeteries Act says that depth is “inadequate”. By comparison, sea burials approved by the Commonwealth Environment Department must take place in a spot with a depth of at least 3000m.
There is no site within NT waters that deep. The North Gutter lies outside Commonwealth jurisdiction, meaning the Territory has been allowed to circumvent federal laws and grant permits to chuck bodies overboard into shallow waters, at the discretion of the local government minister.
However, very few sea burials have ever been performed in the Territory. According to the Department of Housing and Community Development, only six have been approved since 1989.
The new legislation, which is expected to come into effect next year, will outlaw burials in NT waters. But Territory exsalty sea dogs will still be able to lie with the fishes in some instances — they’ll just have to do it further from home, in Commonwealth waters.
Under Commonwealth regulations, bodies destined for an undersea end must be “prepared” for burial in accordance with the Ship Captain’s Medical Guide — that means no embalming or casket.
Verjon Bumanlag, also known as VJ, has entered a competition to find Darwin's best musician