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04 NEWS TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ONLY 5347 Palmerston residents voted in Saturdays council election, just over a quarter of the 21,261 voters registered in the municipality. NT Electoral Commissioner Iain Loganathan said it was a low turnout, but there was a large number of people who opted to cast their vote early. In terms of early votes, there was 7450 it is quite a lot, thats a third of voters, he said. We actually had more people early vote than turned out to vote on Saturday. Mr Loganathan said the voter turnout for the Palmerston election was just over 60 per cent which would increase slightly after all postal votes were received and counted. That will mean a third of electors havent voted, he said. The results show a continual declining trend in voter participation in the Northern Territory. If you look at the federal elections in 2016, nationally there is a declining trend, but its worst in the Territory. Voters lacking Voter turnout in the 2017 local council elections was about 63 per cent. Mr Loganathan said he expected the final tally in Palmerstons local government election to be about the same. Residents will have to wait until Tuesday to find out who will be their new mayor, as the NT Electoral Commission winds down over Easter. No more results will be released to the public until Tuesday, as counting continues behind closed doors. Cut-off for the postal votes was midday on Tuesday, April 3, and Mr Loganathan said results would be released later that day. On Wednesday next week, the ninth Palmerston Council will be inaugurated, hosting its first meeting on April 17. At present, former Palmerston mayor Rob MacLeod and high-profile previous alderman Athina Pascoe-Bell are neckand-neck for the role of the councils new mayor. Mr MacLeod is leading the pack with 2831 votes, closely followed by Ms Pascoe-Bells 2659. LAUREN ROBERTS A BABY lorikeet born with a deformed beak will now have a higher quality of life after corrective surgery by Ark Animal Hospital head vet Dr Stephen Cutter. The young bird had trouble eating, and Dr Cutter decided to trim and align the beak surgical The Ark Animal Hospital recently operated on a lorikeet born with a deformed beak A lot to squawk about for NT bird ly to help it manage. Hes a baby, still being hand-reared, Dr Cutter said. Because hes being hand-reared by his owner, she was able to notice his beak was forming wrong. Dr Cutter said beak corrective surgery was similar to braces it was best to operate on a younger patient. Most of the time when people notice its too late, he said. Theres quite a few birds around the place with deformed beaks. The young bird may need further surgery down the track. Were relying on the beak to push itself back in well be monitoring it closely, Dr Cutter said. Beak deformities are usually caused by a genetic defect or inappropriate diet. LAUREN ROBERTS Road closed after crash A MOTORCYCLIST suffered a suspected broken leg in a crash which forced the closure of a rural road for several hours. The man, aged 57, was found unconscious by paramedics on Jenkins Rd at 6am. He was taken to hospital with a serious leg fracture which required surgery. Police asked motorists to avoid the area between Jenkins Rd and Finn Rd and Jenkins Rd and Channel Island Rd intersections. Emergency services were investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. Palmerston likes big buns PALMERSTON is the NTs hot cross bun capital, according to Woolworths spending data. Woolies customers bought 14,570 hot cross buns from the Palmerston store in 2017. In second place was Nightcliff with 12,830, followed by Bakewell with 12,275, Coolalinga with 12,243 and Darwin City with 12,010. A store survey found 74 per cent of Aussies preferred their buns warm, with the microwave the most popular way to heat them up. About two-thirds of Aussies will consume chocolate Easter bunnies, with 88 per cent eating the ears first.