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The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017



The Northern Territory news Thu 5 Oct 2017

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02 NEWS THURSDAY OCTOBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Wicking .......................... 10 Your Say ........................10 Editorial ..........................10 World .............................. 12 Entertainment ...............15 Sudoku ...........................29 Horoscopes ...................29 Comics ........................... 28 Television ......................28 Classifieds .....................30 Crossword .....................29 Weather ........................39 Fishing ........................... 39 Racing ............................19 GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9800 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: news@ntnews.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntnews.com.au WORLD: 13 Turkish man pleads guilty to interfering with flight crew while hallucinating butterfly RACING: 19 Get the inside running at the racetrack with our team of punting experts The NT News has taken all possible care but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause Wednesday Lotto Wednesday 4-10-17 Draw No. 3701 13 32 23 42 17 18 16 4SUPPS WORLD: 12 Las Vegas gunman transferred $100,000 overseas before deadly gun attack ENTERTAINMENT: 17 Canadian muso Tennyson King brings his alternative folk rock to the Top End www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 2017 CROC CAPTURES www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 0 9 32 6 9 Crocs bovine banquet no missed-steak Adelaide River Cruises snapped these photos of salties snapping up a steer on Sunday afternoon Picture: ROMNEY JULICHER A BUNCH of hungry salties lurking in the Adelaide River completely lucked out with a scrumptious feast of juicy rump steak on Sunday afternoon. One unfortunate steer who ventured down to the waters edge from Adelaide River Station met his fateful death when one of the crocs sniffed out a potential bovine banquet. Adelaide River Tours owner Kelly Julicher was on a tour when she spotted the feeding frenzy unfolding in the water. We had a boatload of guests with us at the time who got to watch the big group of crocs enjoying a feast of steer, she said. This is the second time in around four weeks weve seen a steer I guess he came down for a drink as it was so hot, got stuck in the mud and the poor bugger ended up being someones lunch. Ms Julicher said about five salties were nibbling away at the beefy mass, but one croc made sure his Sunday steak wasnt getting away from him. One really big croc, around 5.5m long, had the steer by the head and took it for a walk up the river, she explained. Five others were lingering around waiting for their chance to have a go at it but this big boy was boss, I reckon he travelled 3km going with the tide to get some peace and quiet. Ms Julicher said the spectacle was certainly a sight for sore eyes, with the steers bloated body providing an extra 40 minutes of entertainment for intrigued tourists. The people in the boat were trying to guess what the NT News headline would be Does my bum look big in this river was one suggestion, she laughed. She said the crocs had mangled the head and with the steer becoming bloated, a foul stench had started to emerge. ISABELLA HOOD A CRUCIAL body responsible for the delivery of remote housing programs has still not been fully established while the Housing Department continues to come under fire for a litany of failures, the NT News can reveal. The department initially advertised for a director of the Remote Program Delivery Office in May, but that position was later changed and a person from outside the department appointed. But 17 positions identified as necessary for implementing the Gunner Governments promised $1.1 billion remote Long wait goes on for remote housing body housing program are still vacant more than a year after Labor came to power. Its understood the office also aims to have indigenous employees on the ground but so far has only moved two indigenous people from the department to the 52-person delivery office. Independent MLA Robyn Lambley said it was difficult to see how the Gunner Government was going to fix problems with their remote housing program when they still didnt have the main body in place to deliver it. The Gunner Government is already failing to deliver for people living in the bush, she said. (They) seem incapable of delivering their remote housing program. Add this to remote health clinics and remote police stations closing, the future for many bush communities is looking bleaker by the day. Sources in the department have said the office would have been responsible for ensuring situations like Minyerri did not happen, which saw close to 100 people forced to live in squalor because interim housing was not supplied by the department when instructed. The latest controversy for the department involved the Government countersuing indigenous tenants in Santa Te resa for back rent after they took the department to court to have their homes repaired. The department apparently was not aware the leases had expired five years ago and that more than $1 million was owed. The Labor Governments Room to Breathe program has also faced criticism for its early works procurement policies and a lack of oversight on the ground. Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy referred questions on the RPDO to chief executive Jamie Chalker. His office said nine of the 17 outstanding positions were in the process of being filled but did not elaborate on when they would be. A spokeswoman blamed the delayed recruitment of the RPDO on numerous reviews being resource intensive. Concerted efforts to bed down a structure that complements other functional areas of the agency and maximises synergies is ongoing, she said. Organisational structures can be fluid (and) influenced by available suitable resources. The Labor Government has budgeted to spend $100 million this year on remote housing initiatives. More than $11 million has been budgeted for the Remote Program Delivery Office this year alone. CHRISTOPHER WALSH Apology Were sorry. You mightve noticed we made a mistake in the Woolworths catalogue, on sale Wednesday 4th of October 2017.The EFTPOS $100 Gift Card on page 37 was incorrectly advertised. The EFTPOS $100 Gift Card also has an additional activation fee of $5.95. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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