VJ vy­ing to be crowned Dar­win’s best muso

NT News - - NEWS - IS­ABELLA HOOD HAYLEY SORENSEN

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.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL FRANCHI

Ver­jon Bu­man­lag, also known as VJ, has en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion to find Dar­win's best mu­si­cian

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