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TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA have a craft beer something unique to Alice Springs. The Falzons looked around their desert property and saw multiple quandong or wild peach trees. The Falzons decided to infuse quandong into a bush tucker brew which would give it a sweet flavour without taking away the larger taste. Co-company director Dan Falzon said they aimed for an aroma rather than a flavour when mixing the drink. The Falzons released the brew at the Tourism Central Australia Awards on October 7 and have been surprised at how well it has been received by the public. Dan said the bush tucker brew was their first beer but was likely to be the start of a small range of drinks with a bit of Alice Springs pride. Their next shipment is due in 2018. Ex-Turf Club CEO jailed for stealing THE former chief executive of Alice Springs Turf Club has been sentenced to 14 months in jail for stealing almost $30,000 from the club, actions he blamed on a gambling addiction. Graham Smith, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of stealing, falsifying a financial record for gain and obtaining benefit by deception in the Alice Springs Local Court. Smith was the chief executive of the Turf Club between March and September 2016, and was known around town thanks to a previous high-profile retail position and hosting a radio sports show. Smith was sentenced last week and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $27,100 to the Alice Springs Turf Club. Smith stole the sum while in place as chief executive, but the court heard he had also arranged a contra deal worth $4000 with Lasseters, and continued to use the account after his crimes were revealed. In sentencing, Judge Greg Borchers said Smiths continued use of the account at Lasseters demonstrated a lack of remorse. It remains unanswered why a man who had a significant wage packet, in the vicinity of $200,000, had to utilise unlawful funds to fund his gambling, Judge Borchers said. Mr Smith resigned from his position in September last year after a meeting with three committee members from the Turf Club, where the allegations were put to him. Smith immediately repaid $4400 after he resigned, and will have to pay the remainder within one year of being released from prison. Smith is due to be released after serving five months, and will remain on good behaviour for 18 months after that. In a victim impact statement written by Turf Club chairman Craig Lambley and read to the court, Mr Lambley said government, members and sponsors had been traumatised by the events. The Turf Clubs reputation has taken a great hit, Mr Lambleys statement said. Sponsors are very wary to continue support, he said. The scrutiny is immense and taken its toll on all involved in resurrecting its reputation. Judge Borchers said the crime was deliberate and calculated and was done almost immediately after the defendant took up his position at the Turf Club. He said the sentence should send a message to others in a position of trust. Should they seek to steal from an employer then it is highly likely they will serve a term of imprisonment. Judge Borchers recognised the sentence would have a detrimental effect on Smiths family who are trying to make a new life in NSW. Smith had sought treatment for his gambling problem after relocating this year to NSW. He has been married 18 years and has two teenage children. Andrea Johnston Alice Springs model Kura Waugh has been selected as a finalist in a national underwear modelling competiton. Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON ALICE Springs model Kura Waugh has been named as an Australian finalist in the International Lingerie Model Search 2017. The Central Australian mother-of-two was selected as one of two wildcards in the annual competition. Wildcard entries allow women living in rural and remote locations to enter the event, without the need to travel to big cities. My baby is seven months old, I entered the competition the day before she turned seven months, Ms Waugh said. I didnt expect to win. Ms Waugh, 28, is looking forward to the Australian finals, which will bring together models from across the nation. There are 10 girls in the nationals the grand prize from the nationals is a trip over to the international competition in Las Vegas, she said. Shes keen to inspire other Central Australians to follow their dreams, but wants more venues and opportunities for Alice Springs models. Its hard to get an agent working in a small town, Ms Waugh said. I would like to see a venue to host some of the competitions people think Alice Springs is just a desert; theres a lot going on here. Ms Waugh said modelling had given her some amazing opportunities, and encouraged others to give it a go. There are some amazing promotional opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that open up to you when you start competing, she said. The Australian finals are on Surfers Paradise on October 30. Ms Waugh is crowdfunding to help cover her outof-pocket expenses. Wildcard gives role-model mum a shot Lauren Roberts around the world; and they all want to try a local beer, cocompany director Ben Falzon said. So we thought lets Bush tucker lager proves a devil of a brew CENTRAL Australias newest craft beer is likely to be available in pubs and restaurants across Alice Springs from 2018, say the brew-tiful entrepreneurs behind the beverage. Red Centre Devil lager is the brainchild of the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre team, who saw a gap in the market for a local beer. We have visitors from all Lauren Roberts Red Centre Devil beer Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice COMMUNITY NOTICE Alice Springs Town Council encourages the community to enjoy Halloween safely. Council recommends the following: Trick-or-treaters: Visit houses that are decorated or otherwise clearly participating in Halloween. Participating homes: Decorate the front of your home, so that trick-or-treaters can clearly see that you are participating in Halloween. HALLOWEEN PARTICIPATION
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