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NEWS WednesdayMarch 09, 2016KATHERINETIMES2 katherinetimes.com.au INSIDE TODAY News 1-7 Education 8 Opinion 9 Community News 10 People & Places 11-13 Rural 17 Domain 18 Comics 19 Classifieds 21-24 Sport 25-28 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. Frieght surcharge extra. TODAY Shower or two. Possible storm. Max: 34CMin: 25C TOMORROW Shower or two. Possible storm. Max: 34CMin: 25C WEATHER FRIDAY Shower or two. Max: 34CMin: 25C SATURDAY Shower or two. Max: 34CMin: 25C 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 A 38-YEAR-OLD female has been charged with one count of criminal deception following the execution of search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation in Katherine last month. The charges relate to the alleged fraudulent application of the Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013. Detective Superintendent TravisWurst said the woman would face Darwin Magistrates Court on March 11. LOCAL FRAUD CHARGE LAID VOTERS in the Pine Creek ward ofVictoria Daly Regional Council will vote in a by-election on April 2 to decide who will replace Councillor Veronica Birrell. Nominations for the vacancy open on Friday and the NorthernTerritory Electoral Commission has announced that the winner will be declared on April 11. Under legislative changes passed in 2015, the vacancy could have been filled by appointment, rather than a vote, had Cr Birrell resigned less than 18 months out from the 2017 election. PINE CREEK VOTERS TO TO GO POLLS Sober result bags $500 ONE of the winners of an innovative community campaign aimed at stopping Katherinites getting behind the wheel after a few drinks says she believes it is worth continuing if it saves a life. Rene Davenport, Clinton Booth, Shaela Kopp and Jayaline Ellis were announced as the four winners of a $500 Katherine Community Bank account last week after they provided blood alcohol readings of zero when stopped for roadside breath tests during the festive season. The Sober Streets campaign was launched on Christmas Eve and wrapped up on January 27, and Mrs Davenport praised police for their ingenuity in promoting the idea. I think that its an excellent thing they are doing, she told the Katherine Times after discovering her ticket had been drawn as one of the winners by the banks branch manager, Subha Pathirage, and board chair, Joe Smith. Honestly I hope and pray that this incentive will encourage more people to get behind the wheel sober. Mrs Davenport, who does not drink, added that she believed the campaign needed to be run again in 2016. If it could save one life, then its worth it, she said. Sober Streets was modelled on a Queensland concept and Senior Ser geant Meghan Funnell, who co-ordinated the campaign, said discussions were under way between police and the bank to determine whether it would be a regular occurrence. She added that there had been interest from other divisions within the Northern Territory Police but that no decision had been made to roll it out on a Territory-wide level. Katherine police were very happy with the initiative and the positive response from the community, she explained. We will be in further discussions with the community bank in relation to future initiatives. It is understood hundreds of tickets were given to motorists during the monthlong campaign and while it has been hailed a success, Senior Sergeant Funnell said it was still disappointing that some Katherinites continued to drink and drive. BY LYNDON KEANE POLICE ADDED BENEFIT: Senior Sergeant Meghan Funnell watches Katherine Community Bank's Subha Pathirage and Joe Smith draw the winning tickets.