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10 NEWS THURSDAY MARCH 29 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 LONGTIME Centralian Advocate journalist Steve Menzies is on the road to recovery. The popular scribe, who has been a mainstay at the Advocate for 31 years, has been bedridden since October last year and is on the mend at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in Adelaide. Steve has been recovering from spinal decompression surgery (T11 and T12 vertebrae) and the super bug, methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). His condition has also lead to damage to other organs, including his kidneys. It was while on holidays visiting family and friends in Adelaide that Steve felt sharp pains in his back and decided check into the Royal Adelaide Hospital. I didnt know what it was, but I just know I was struggling to get out of bed because of the amount of hurt, he said. He has been forced to use a wheelchair and is now learning how to walk again. As part of his recovery he completes daily gym and physio sessions. All that time lying down has caused the muscles in my legs to deteriorate, he said. His condition will be reassessed next Friday, but Steve hopes to be back in Alice Springs in April and back at the Advocate in May. I have to be sent back to the Alice Springs hospital and then they will decide when I can be let loose on to the community once again, he said While he has received many well wishes, it was one from Alice Springs netballer Kylie Chan that stood out. I was getting into a bit of depression one day and out of the blue I got a phone call from Justin Raymond Steve plans comeback Centralian Advocate features editor Steve Menzies gives a thumbs up as he recovers at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. Picture: KERYN STEVENS Kylie. It just snapped me out of it, he said. Steve is thankful to the Royal Flying Doctor Service as he has had to rely on for numerous trips between Adelaide and Alice Springs. He also is grateful for the support he has received from Nella Willis of the Drovers Volunteer Service, former deputy mayor Murray Stewart and Alice Springs netball Association committee member David Yeaman. Students win gong TWO Northern Territory students have been recognised in a prestigious national history competition. Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced Katherine High School Year 10 Student Charlotte Pickering as the winner for the Northern Territory in the 2018 Simpson Prize. Palmerstons MacKillop Catholic College Year 10 Student Caitlin Burt was the NT runner-up. The Simpson Prize is an annual national competition, supported by the Coalition Government, that focuses on the significance of Anzac Day and the Anzac tradition, Senator Scullion said. Charlotte and Caitlins entries examined whether 1917 was the worst year of the Great War for Australia and Australians. Chance for writers ITS the last chance for local writers to apply for the NT Governments Varuna Residential Fellowship, with applications closing on Saturday. The fellowship allows writers of any form to spend time in the Blue Mountains, focusing on their work. Alice Springs author Chris Raja recently completed a residency. The Varuna NT Fellowship Residency is invaluable for remote writers like myself, he said. Not only does it provide us with an opportunity to travel out of Alice Springs, which is a very expensive exercise, the residency also helps with networking, meeting other writers and making better contacts with industry professionals. The fellowship gives writers access to a wide range of consultants and resources. INDUSTRY FORUM 18-19 APRIL and building industry, or an Aboriginal Business Enterprise? Procurement rules and process Aboriginal Business Enterprises Workforce development The forum will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton, the Esplanade, Darwin 18 APR 01 24 JM
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