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Katherine Times Wed 20 May 2015



Katherine Times Wed 20 May 2015


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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2 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MAY 20 2015 www.katherinetimes.com.au >> news Residents call time on offensive sign Police briefs Drink driving report KATHERINE police have slammed the actions of a woman who was arrested twice for high-range drink driving within 12 hours on May 13. In the early hours of May 12, Katherine police intercepted a 24-year-old female driver who returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.173%. There were also two unrestrained children in the vehicle - aged six and 22 months - at the time of her arrest, and she was subsequently charged with driving while unlicensed and two counts of driving with unrestrained children. Custody Sergeant Simon Freson said police were horrified when the same woman was arrested 12 hours later, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, driving the same vehicle in almost exactly the same circumstances. The offenders breath analysis reading on the second occasion was 0.189% and the same two children were unrestrained in the vehicle. Following the second arrest, the offender was refused bail and the Department of Children and Families has been contacted in relation to the children. Last week, police also arrested a 28-year-old female on Katherine Terrace after she returned a high-range reading of 0.164%. As a learner driver, she was also charged with not having a licenced driver in the front seat. A 65-year-old male was arrested Victoria Highway, opposite Bridgestone Service Centre Katherine, and returned a mediumrange reading of 0.107%. Both the 28-year-old and 65-year-old drivers will face Katherine Magistrates Court at a later date. CHANGE AFOOT: Rockhole residents have began planning a new welcome sign to the Florina Road community, using the existing infrastructure. Born to Move - Les Mills classes for kids coming soon to the Katherine YMCA COM IN G Active, imitative, fun, development classes a new generation of music, moves and fun! For ages 2-16. Watch this space and like us on Facebook for more updates on Born to Move or call the YMCA on 8972 2592. A W 16 66 89 1 Download the Dragonfl y Catering and Events app www.dragonfl ynt.appsme.com/ www.dragonfl ynt.com Phone: 8971 1720 | 0437 719 498 PARTY HIRE CATERING EVENT SERVICES AW1666894 A W 16 74 85 5 8PM FRIDAY MAY 22nd 2015 INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS AND BONAFIDE GUESTS Dinner bookings essential Phone 8972 1276 | 40 Pearce Street (Off Victoria Highway) www.katherinecountryclub.com.au P R E S E N T S BISTRO OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER SEVEN DAYS A WEEK TICKETS $28 AIR CONDITIONED RESTAURANT AND BEER GARDEN. THE Northern Territory and federal governments have done nothing to remove the intervention-era signage which remains intact on highways and at the entrances to many Territory indigenous communities, despite official recommendations to do so. It has been more than seven years since Canberra backed away from the controversial policy, and in the 2012 Stronger Futures report, it was recognised that the form and placement of the signs have caused considerable offence to community members. When questioned this week as to why nothing has been done to remove the signs, a spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said community opinion varied on the matter. Different communities have different views about the signs and whether they should be retained, removed or replaced and, if to be replaced, the nature of the replacement sign, the spokesman told the Katherine Times. The spokesman said the signs on highways and at the entrances to communities describing alcohol and other restrictions were previously governed under the Stronger Futures in the NT National Partnership Agreement. That agreement is currently being renegotiated, and the investment will transfer to a new NPA on Remote Indigenous Investment on July 1, he said. At Rockhole, however, the community is sick of waiting. For the past six weeks, local artist and graphic designer Carol Randall has been facilitating arts and design workshops with job seekers in the community. Ms Randall said the issue of the sign had been discussed again and again in Rockhole, but the community was fearful of removing the sign itself. A 2013 community engagement safety audit police report of Rockhole noted that the community was devoid of any welcoming signage to foster identity and pride among its residents. This is a community that wants to rediscover their identity, and you can start to do that with welcoming signage, Ms Randall said. Theyre tired of anticipating the maintenance that never comes, and the community wants the sign to change. Its not just cosmetic - its much more important than that, because its about making people feel normal and welcome in their own community. Following inquiries from the Katherine Times, Senator Scullion has asked the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to work with the Rockhole community, in consultation with the Territory government, on its preferred option for the future of the sign. by STEPHANIE ZILLMAN Police continue threemonth search for man KATHERINE police are continuing their search for 46-year-old Andrew Cooper, who was last spoken to by family members at a Maluka Road address on February 4. He is a dark-skinned Aboriginal male, about 180 centimetres tall and weighing about 80 kilograms, and has short, curly black-grey hair and a goatee. Anyone with information about Mr Coopers whereabouts is urged to call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Katherine Times deadlines: Classified 1.30pm Monday Early General News 12pm Friday 4/22 Katherine Terrace, Katherine. Phone 8972 1111. Fax 8971 0120 Email: duana.job@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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