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Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018



Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018


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NEWS WednesdayApril 25, 2018KATHERINETIMES2 katherinetimes.com.au The KatherineTimes is published by Fairfax Media. ABN: 34 010 272 241, ACN 010 272 241, at 4/22 KatherineTerrace, Katherine.Telephone (08) 8972 1111. *Recommended and maximum price only. Freight surcharge extra. General inquiries: (08) 8972 1111 Fax: (08) 8971 0120 Visit/Post: PO Box 42 Katherine, 0851; 4/22 Katherine Terrace, Katherine, 0850 The Katherine Times is published every Wednesday and can be read online seven days a week at www.katherinetimes.com.au. Wewelcome inquiries on the platforms below. CONTACTS Couples tour Top End ONTHE trip of their lives two couples have packed up their things and their pooches to travel through Australia in a caravan. Brothers-in-law Steve OConner and Geoff Willett along with their wives Gill and Beth have been on the road for about a month in their caravan, which they say hasmoremerit than a camper van. With a caravan, you can unhook your car and drive away in seconds Cant do that with a camper van, can you,MrWillett said. Starting inMaitland, NSW, the couples have travelled to the top of NT and are now on their way to Broome. A stop in Katherine was mandatory, they said, even though theyd visited recently. Self professed placid travellers, the couples are not doingmuch in Katherine this trip, other than getting the caravans looked at. We went fishing in the Katherine River and we were really hoping to see a big croc, MrWillett said. We didnt catch a fish and we didnt see a croc. But the couples are happy nonetheless. The four retirees have travelled together before, and so far there have beennopunch ups, MrWillett said. The only slight annoyance is their little companions. The little dogs can be a bit of a pain, but we love them and couldnt leave them at home,Mr OConner said. They stop us from going into the national parks, but theyre worth it, he said. This isnt the couples first trip together, over the years theyve almost travelled the whole of Australia as a group. Like most grey nomads on the road,MrWillett said their favourite thing is meeting new people along the way and having the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, whenev er they choose. We really enjoy not doing much at all, MrWillett said. With the weather shift ing to cooler mornings and cloudless skies, it is clear the dry season is kicking off. You can see it with the camper vans now flocking into town, too, for the annual grey nomad season. And with the dry season, previously off-limit regions reopen for exploration. Katherine becomes a lively hub of activity. BY ROXANNE FITZGERALD HAPPY TRAVELLERS: Beth and Geoff Willett and Steve and Gill O'Conner on the way to Manbulloo Homestead Caravan Park in Katherine. CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner was in Katherine on Monday to talk up plans for the year ahead. Mr Gunner repeated government promises for Katherine and the NT, but did not make any new announcements. About 160 people from Katherine and local industries gathered at GodinymayinYijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre for Mr Gunners presentation. Most small towns are backed by one industry, but Katherine has it all. GUNNER IN KATHERINE # Sunny FRIDAY 17 35Max:Min: # Sunny SATURDAY 16 35Max:Min: # Sunny TODAY 18 35 # Sunny TOMORROW 17 36Max: Max:Min: Min: THE Katherine Public Library will extend its Wednesday closing time to 6.30pm in a trial starting on May 2. Expanding the hours means students have resources after the normal operating hours, working parents can visit the library with their kids and jobseekers have the resources they need to succeed, library program coordinator Mrs Bala said. It will be beneficial to the Katherine community, library manager Colleen Kerr agreed. Movie night pictures Page 12 LIBRARY EXTENDS ITS HOURS FIND US ON FACEBOOK KatherineTimes # News 1-8 # Opinion 9 # People&Places 12-13 #Movies 14 # Food 15 # News Feature 16 # Domain 17-20 # Puzzles 21 # Classifieds 22-25 # Sport 26-28 AW3315982 52 Katherine Terrace, Katherine 8972 8888 sales@nt-tech.com.au www.nt-tech.com.au Galaxy S9|S9+ Explore the innovations on Galaxy S9 and S9+ that change how you experience the world. Capture brilliant photos in bright daylight and super low light. Slow down time to super slow-mo. Turn yourself into an AR Emoji and get info from Bixby. And see it all on the edge-to-edge Infinity Display. Head in-store to get plans and pricing of the new device. start.run.grow. The Northern Territory Government is expand your Champion on 1800 256 923 or visit C S 00 16