The Northern Territory news Thu 13 Dec 2018
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THURSDAY DECEMBER 13 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA KIDS at Royal Darwin Hospital were delighted with festive spirit yesterday at Starlights annual Christmas party. Held in the Starlight Express room, the afternoon was filled with Christmas arts and crafts, carols and a visit from Outback Wrangler Matt Wright with a crocodile. Starlight NT program manager Emma Puddy said the children were ecstatic for the festivities. The kids had a fantastic time, there was so much energy, she said. Ms Puddy said the party also brought smiles to parents and hospital staff. No parent wants to see their kid spending Christmas in hospital, she said. Its so positive for them to watch their kids having fun with other kids for Christmas. The staff were really grateful to see their patients having fun. Our role is to replace pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter. We do this every day but especially around Christmas. Ms Puddy hoped to brighten more faces this Christmas through the Starlight Christmas Appeal. To donate visit starlight.org.au/donate/Shaneilia Charlie, 5, from Borroloola, meets Captain Starlight at the party at Royal Darwin Hospital Picture: NICHOLE TAYLOR THE wonky showpiece court at $16.7 million Marrara Tennis Centre was doomed to fail before the first sod was turned, a report into the ballsup has found. The independent report, handed to Tennis NT found the courts design was faulty. The court will have to be relaid after the NT News revealed it sloped 49.5cm Starlight spreading Xmas joy RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS along its breadth. The slope, a 2 per cent drop, is double the allowable gradient under ITF regulations. Tennis NT are yet to determine how the court will be repaired. General manager Sam Gibson said he wanted the embarrassing issue sorted as soon as possible. Were disappointed but the important thing for us is that it gets fixed in a timely manner and doesnt impact future events, he said. The report found the court was compliant with ITF regulations in all other aspects. In a statement, Mr Gibson said the blame lay with the design stage of the project. This variance is a result of a design, not construction, error, he said. The designers of the facility, Mode, declined to comment. Mode is an international company with an office in Darwin and has designed projects including the Bullocky Point Education Precinct and Howard Springs Nature Park. Mr Gibson said Tennis NT would work with project managers, AECOM, to fix the court. Works undertaken to address the issue are not expected to affect the delivery of future events at the facility, he said. Mr Gibson could not say how much it would cost to fix the 49.5cm slope. He said it was too early to say where the cash would come from to fix the court and if those at fault would be asked to cough up. Sports Minister Lauren Moss has already ruled out any money from the Government going towards the fix. The show court was designed to hold international matches and create facilities for the next generation of tennis stars but cant be used for those purposes until it is fixed. Blueprint for balls-up Report faults design in creating lopsided tennis courtJUDITH AISTHORPE [D4]Recommended driveaway pricing is applicable for Private customers, Bronze and Silver Fleet customers, and primary producers, only at participating Dealers. Offer available on new vehicles produced January 2018 to December 2018 and purchased by 31/01/2019, unless offer extended. Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance (CTP), a maximum dealer delivery charge, stamp duty and metallic paint. Toyota reserves the right to amend the offer and terms at any stage. [R]Terms and conditions apply. Complimentary Roadside Assist expires 3 years from the vehicle purchase date. Valid on new Yaris and C-HR models produced between 01/01/2018 and 31/12/2018 and purchased between 01/12/2018 and 31/01/2019. Applicable for Private, Bronze and Silver Fleet customers. Excludes sales to dealerships, EVP, NEVP and all other buyer types. Toyota Finance reserves the right to change, extend or withdraw the offer at any time. Toyota Extra Care is administered by Toyota Finance, a division of Toyota Finance Australia Limited ABN 48 002 435 181, AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 392536. T2018-011396 TOY0885/S/CHR C-HR 2WD AUTO CVT FROM $30,990 DRIVEAWAY [D4] + FREE 3 YEARS ROADSIDE ASSIST[R]
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