Coroner hears of ‘social gathering’ at Zachary Rolfe’s house, two days after Kumanjayi Walker shooting

A “social gathering” at Zachary Rolfe’s house two days after the fatal shooting of Kumanjayi Walker was “wholly inappropriate” and had the “potential to contaminate” Constable Rolfe’s evidence, the coroner has heard. Key points: Police gathered at Constable Zachary Rolfe’s house days after the shooting Assistant Commissioner Travis Wurst said the use of racist language … Read more

Navy dive team suspends search for suspected WWII bomb in Darwin Harbour

A complex operation to remove a suspected World War II bomb in Darwin Harbour has been suspended after an elite navy dive team failed to locate it over the weekend.  Key points: The possible weapon was found by commercial divers on Monday, during a site survey A specialised navy dive team was tasked with relocating it and rendering it safe  … Read more

Complex dive operation underway to remove suspected World War II bomb from Darwin Harbour

A specialist dive team has begun a complex operation to remove a suspected unexploded bomb that could have sat on the sea floor of Darwin Harbour for up to 80 years.  Key points: Divers have been unable to locate the weapon despite an exclusion zone being declared Authorities suspect it is a bomb dating back to World War … Read more

Endangered Gouldian finch returns to Lee Point, prompting campaign to stop Defence Housing Australia development

Nestled in a coastal corner of Darwin’s northern suburbs lies a patch of bushland that’s become the new home of a tiny, endangered bird. Local twitchers believe the Gouldian finch migrated north to Lee Point in search of better habitat and breeding grounds. Flocks of Gouldian finches have made a surprise appearance at Lee Point, a largely … Read more

Tiwi Islands traditional owners win court challenge against gas company Santos | ABC News – ABC News (Australia)

Tiwi Islands traditional owners win court challenge against gas company Santos | ABC News  ABC News (Australia) ‘I am the happiest man alive’: Tiwi Islander hails court win over gas giant Santos  Sydney Morning Herald Santos loses offshore drilling court case  InDaily View Full coverage on Google News

Kumanjayi Walker inquest hears officer wouldn’t have called specialist team if she had known about racist texts

The officer in charge of the Yuendumu police station on the night Kumanjayi Walker died says she wouldn’t have allowed the unit Constable Zachary Rolfe was part of into the community if she had known any members of the team had exchanged racist texts.  Key points: Sergeant Julie Frost says she wouldn’t have called the response team … Read more

Ex-NT police officer Neil Mellon ‘likely’ to enter plea over investigation into chopper crash that killed Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson

A former Northern Territory police officer has faced court on charges relating to the investigation into a fatal helicopter crash that killed ‘Outback Wrangler’ star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson earlier this year. Key points: Former acting senior sergeant Neil Mellon is one of two men charged in relation to the crash investigation Mr Wilson died when the helicopter from … Read more

Tiwi Islands traditional owners win court challenge against gas company Santos’ massive Barossa offshore project

Tiwi Islands traditional owners have won a federal court challenge against Santos’ $4.7 billion Barossa gas project in the Timor Sea north of Darwin. Key points: Santos must maintain a pause on work on the project that began after the court challenge was filed Traditional owners told the court they were concerned about the project’s potential damage to … Read more

Troy Benning, who assaulted and threatened to kill single mother, has sentence extended in Darwin

A man who broke into a single mother’s Darwin home then raped and threatened to kill her as her children slept nearby has had his sentence extended by four years. Key points: Troy Benning pleaded guilty to a string of violent offences earlier this year Crown prosecutors appealed the original sentence for being too lenient … Read more

Kumanjayi Walker inquest hears officers thought drawing their guns would ‘escalate’ axe incident, before shooting death

Two police officers have revisited the so called “axe incident” that took place days before Kumanjayi Walker’s shooting death, telling the coroner they didn’t think the 19-year-old was a threat, even when he confronted them with a weapon during an attempted arrest.  Key points: Kumanjayi Walker brandished an axe at officers, three days before he died  Senior … Read more