BUSHIE can’t help but think that some on the Amateur Fishing Association of the NT were not too happy with former executive officer Tristan Sloan for jumping ship straight after the Territory election to work for Fisheries Minister Ken Vowles. At their recent AGM, when welcoming the new CEO David Ciaravolo, a committee member said something like this: “I’d like to thank Tristan for his efforts and wish him well, wherever he has gone.” Awkwardly, both Tristan and Ken were standing just metres away.
Let’s vote on that
JUST to rub salt into the wound, AFANT president Warren de With told Mr Ciaravolo he would be expected to stay in the job for at least five years, taking his appointment past the four-year election cycle.
Something else fishy
A TICKED off Territory fisho alerted Bushranger recently to a flagrant disregard of boat ramp etiquette. Seems a hapless southerner decided the best place to fillet his catch was in the middle of the Dundee Beach boat ramp, causing havoc as other boaties tried to launch around him. His South Australian numberplates were proudly on full display. The chap’s mudcrabs were sitting in a plastic tub in full sun for 20 minutes as he faffed about. Enjoy your gastro, mister.
VICTIMS of Crime NT (VocNT) is on the hunt for a new executive officer. The job needs someone who can make a difference to the lives of those who are affected by crime? Given the spike in crime this year it could be the busiest gig in town. Bushranger understands that vigilantes need not apply.
A MAN was put on a good behaviour bond and warned to “wake up” to himself after he wiped a $100 note on his bum and threw it at his missus in a fight over money. Darwin Local Court Judge Greg Cavanagh told the man not to come back to court for something “so outrageous”.
Tales from the outback
THE Territory’s outback folklore has been defined by two tragic stories which have captured international attention. One of which was reignited with the delivery of an anonymous letter to the NT News offices claiming new details about the murder of Peter Falconio. The second story is the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. A Darwin couple holidaying on the Malaysian island of Langkawi were surprised when a tour guide claimed dingoes were prevalent in Malaysia. The guide, aware of the Darwin couple’s presence, then re-told the Azaria story. Tourists from Germany, London, Scandinavia and Hong Kong all recalled the story nearly 40 years on.
How not to get bail
A GRUMPY young fella turned up to Darwin Local Court this week hoping his girlfriend would get bail to come home for a while before checking into rehab. Judge Michael Carey was having none of it. The young fella then stood up and declared “this system is f***ed”. He then tried to pull open the courtroom exit (clearly marked “PUSH”) before kicking the door and screaming more profanities. “Any chance she had of getting bail to live with him just disappeared,” Mr Carey told barrister Lyma Nguyen.
All the mod cons
IT was a week of expensive animals this week, with multiple properties up for sale featuring a pet. A goat from Herbert gained a new family as his Daniels Cct home went under contract, while 16-year-old Jaws the croc is looking for a new loving mum or dad in Girraween. Just maybe don’t try to kiss him goodnight.
Fit to print
PALMERSTON Alderman Andrew Byrne wasn’t happy with NT News at last week’s council meeting. Byrne, when speaking about a series of leaked emails from council staff about a controversial cafe lease deal, gestured to scribe Lauren Roberts in the press gallery. “I know we have the NT News here, but I am loathe to take them as the gospel of truth,” he said.
NEW-ISH Solicitor-General Sonia Brownhill is normally afforded the title Madame Solicitor when appearing in court. This week, Ms Brownhill finally got to cross examine Dylan Voller. The ABC viewers of Twitter erupted, and they were not happy that Ms Brownhill was, you know, actually asking probing questions of Voller. Formalities were not entirely dispensed with, but the tweeters preferred the title “That woman Brownhill”. For the record, Bushranger has seen Madame Solicitor in full flight, and reckons she was taking it easy on Voller.