The Northern Territory news Thu 1 Nov 2018
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12 NEWS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 HEADS are going to roll, because the balls certainly are. At competition games at the new centre court at Marrara, the ball boys and girls will need only to stand at one side of the court. The gradient is so steep there is only one way the balls can go: downhill, fast. Thats if theres ever another professional competition at the Marrara Tennis Centres main show court, which seems unlikely until the massive stuff-up is fixed at great expense. It can be said for certain that whoever provided plans for the centre court was not involved in the design of the great pyramids. Back then, they knew what was up. And down. These days we have laser levellers, theodolites and spirit levels. But even a bloke laying backyard pavers would not have signed off on a slant like the one at Marrara. Our mathematical analyst reckons the court, which was supposedly built to Interna tional Tennis Federation standards, has a gradient more than double what the ITF deems acceptable. It is not fit for a Davis Cup or any other cup. Halikos, the builder, says they are not to blame. They won the tender, and built the court according to specifications that were provided in the contract. An independent assessor signed off on their build based on the specs they were provided. There is some logic to their defence. We know that Tennis NT was the project manager. It provided the specs. We also know Tennis NT does not design tennis courts. It took advice from an architect. Wed like to know who provided the specs for a bent court. Phone calls to a local and national company called OPINION PAUL TOOHEY Heads to roll, like balls Tennis court battle ahead Controversy surrounds the construction, top left, of the new tennis centre in Marrara Main picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD MODE, whose website proudly states it has been commissioned to design and document the new Marrara Tennis Centre have not so far been returned. The sense is that this thing is headed to court. A legal court. Indigenous womens heart crisis INDIGENOUS Northern Territory women are six times more likely to be hospitalised for heart conditions than nonindigenous women, shows new Heart Foundation health data. Researchers found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were admitted to hospital for a heart condition 2.6 times more often than non-indigenous Australians. Heart Foundation health equity manager Jane Potter said in parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, the hospitalisation rates were over four times higher than for non-indigenous people in the same region. Ms Potter said it was Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women suffering the most. In the NT alone, indigenous women are being admitted to hospital with heart failure at six times the rate of non-indigenous women in the Territory, she said. If people are living in the same region, with the same level of access to services, then weve got to ask the question why are the health outcomes so different? Heart Foundation Aboriginal engagement manager Corey Turner said heart health could be improved with a good education, secure employment, adequate housing and affordable healthy food. *Digital 12 Month Plan + Fitbit Versa subscription offer to be billed as follows: Digital Membership $30 billed approximately 4 weekly for the first 12 months, minimum cost $390. 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