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Graduates celebrated after NGP Project Ready Training Program success
Around 200 people helped celebrate the graduation of 44 Indigenous
trainees who completed Jemena’s Project Ready Training Program last
week. Ceremonies in Queensland and the Northern Territory were attended
by the graduates and their families and key supporters, including
Traditional Owners, ministers and government representatives and local
businesses. Jemena is committed to providing jobs and training for local
communities along the pipeline route and the Project Ready Training
Program is one of its key initiatives. After a 10-week program and close to
100 per cent graduation rate, the graduates were awarded a Statement of
Attainment as part of a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work
and will soon transition into full-time roles working on the construction
Edition 19 May 2017
Graduates were thrilled to meet NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner
phase of the NGP.
In the NT, GTNT delivered the program with training provided by Charles
Darwin University at Tennant Creek while the trainees were accommodated by
the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation. In Qld, Myuma delivered the
training and provided the accommodation at the Dugalunji Training and
Accommodation Centre, near Camooweal.
NGP Project Director Jonathan Spink said the Project Ready Training Program
was designed to upskill local people, get them ready for project life, and give
them incentive to graduate with a guaranteed job.
“As a result of their training, graduates are job-ready and able to transition into
a range of roles on the Northern Gas Pipeline project,” Mr Spink said.
Graduates at Camooweal included four women
Smiles all round at Tennant Creek
A MAN who bashed his wife early one
morning had been taken away by po-
lice following an argument a couple of
Harold Dalywaters argued with his wife of
18 years after the two had been drinking in
bushland behind South Camp in Elliott in
April last year.
She locked herself in a bedroom to avoid an
argument however Dalywaters broke the door
handle with a saucepan and then smashed the
bedroom window with an iron picket.
His wife left the house and lay down on the
bitumen road before asking one of the couple’s
four foster children to call police who took
the man to his sister’s house at North Camp
A couple of hours later, Dalywaters returned
to the family home, abused his wife and then
punched her to the back of her head and the
middle of her back.
Another of the foster children managed to
push him outside the bedroom and locked the
door however Dalywaters armed himself with
an axe and bashed the door until it broke. He
then punched his wife’s head.
The violence was quelled by two children
who pushed him out of the room. He was ar-
rested by police a short time later.
The NT Supreme Court in Alice Springs
heard the former community police officer had
previously been convicted of assaulting his
wife and had a concerning pattern of excessive
The Court was also told that Dalywaters had
an impressive work history, was an award-
winning musician and had served as a pastor
with the Australian Indigenous Ministry for
15 years. Before his arrest he worked as a
classroom assistant and cultural advisor at
Sentencing Dalywaters, Justice Peter Barr
said his drinking had escalated after he suf-
fered depression and post-traumatic stress as a
result of tragic and violent incidents he expe-
rienced during his career with the NT Police.
He was sentenced to two years jail, sus-
pended after one year, and he will be on a good
behaviour bond for 18 months during which
time he is not allowed to consume alcohol.
Other probation conditions also apply.
Dalywaters will face trial for a separate
charge of sexual assault in Alice Springs in
Jail for local man who bashed partner
AN Ampilatwatja man who hacked his
wife to death with a tomahawk and a
knife has been sentenced to jail for a
The 49-year-old mother of six suffered at least
28 injuries including a complete fracture of her
upper arm, stab wounds to her legs, arms, body
Robert Morton sought assistance for his wife
some time after the attack. He asked the com-
munity nurse for help but it was too late. She
had died in agony from blood loss.
Sentencing the 41-year-old in the Supreme
Court in Alice Springs last week, Justice Trevor
Riley said the woman suffered an awful and
“You used both an axe and knife in that pro-
cess,” he said.
“She suffered great pain and one witness talked
of her screaming in pain when he came to the
house that morning.
“This was a tragic event. The death of your wife
in such terrible circumstances is a sad reflection
of the violence which is all too common in some
communities. In this case it has tragically led to
the death of your partner. Her family has lost a
valued member and her children have lost their
mother. You, of course, have lost your wife of
some 17 or 18 years and you will now be sent
to prison yourself for many years.”
The couple had been drinking during the course
of the day when the murder occurred in August
2015. They were at Alpurrurulam at the time, en
route to the Mount Isa Rodeo.
While Morton claimed to have been very
drunk, witnesses said he was ‘a little bit drunk’
and ‘a bit tipsy’.
Justice Riley said it was proposed that due to
Morton’s level of intoxication, the nature of
the blows and his subsequent efforts to obtain
help for his wife, he did not have the necessary
intention to support a charge of murder.
“Your counsel invited the jury to find you not
guilty of murder but rather guilty of manslaugh-
ter,” he said.
“By its verdict, the jury did not accept that
invitation but found the necessary intention
“This is unsurprising, given the nature of your
attack upon the deceased.
“It was a ferocious attack carried out with two
separate weapons and giving rise to injuries to
much of her body.
“It must have been a terrifying and extremely
painful experience for her.”
A victim impact statement revealed the
woman’s children feel lost without her and that
there was great sadness amongst members of
Justice Riley said while it was a nasty murder
he found it was in the midrange of objective
seriousness for such offences and so he set a
standard non-parole period of 20 years.
Life sentence for man who
hacked wife to death with axe
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