Territory Stories

Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007

Other title

Parliamentary Record 17


Debates for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT




Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory





Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication


File type



Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

DEBATES Wednesday 17 October 2007 4897 I will quickly acknowledge some Alice Springs people who represented the NT in the National Darts Championships this year, and thanks to Chippy Miller who passed this on to me. The championships were in Tasmania, I understand, and the players were Chippy Miller, Lavena Phillips and Linda Galanatt. Lavena Phillips threw the only 180 for the Northern Territory women, a great achievement. Chippy Miller threw three 180s. The combined total of 180s for the NT was 29. Unfortunately, there were no national selections out of it but, in Chippy Millers words, it was probably the best performance from an NT darts team in seven years. I also acknowledge my late Aunty Ivy Hampton who was inducted into the National Darts Hall of Fame. Mr NATT (Drysdale): Mr Deputy Speaker, I would like to outline a few things that have been happening in my great electorate. I was happy to read in The Palmerston Sun newspaper of Wednesday 3 October, of a young person who I have had quite a bit to do with in the Palmerston region. The article was captioned From Candy Bar to Manager at 24. The story featured a terrific young person who, for the past eight years, has worked at CMax Cinema. Kathryn Gooding started as a teenager and, as the caption suggests, she started behind the Candy Bar and today she holds the title of Marketing Manager. I know Kathryn through her work at CMax where she does a fantastic job for a terrific cinema. I have witnessed her energy, enthusiasm and creativity in her work as an event coordinator with the Palmerston Regional Business Association. I know the President of the PRBA, Mr Wayne Zerbe, is extremely pleased to have Kathryn assist him with his functions and some of the office duties. He often comments that he considers himself to be very lucky to have such a capable young woman assist his efforts to promote the PRBA businesses whilst also undertaking full-time work as the Marketing Manager at CMax. I congratulate Kathryn on her promotion, although it is a little belated, and I wish her the very best in the future. The Good Shepherd Lutheran College is a great little school that is going ahead in leaps and bounds. I have often spoken about them in my adjournment debates. This year, they competed in the International Pedal Prix with a team of about 23 students. It is the first time, I understand, that a Northern Territory school has participated in the Pedal Prix. It is held in Murray Bridge in South Australia each year and it is a 24-hour endurance event, the largest of its type anywhere in the world. I know from my past experiences in South Australia that it commands a lot of attention in South Australia, and to have a Northern Territory school represented down there is a great feather in their cap. The school had two entries, the Northern Terror which completed 241 laps and covered 498 km and finished 47th out of 75. They had a second bike, the Croc Attack, which completed 216 laps for 446 km, and they achieved 50th place of 70 competitors. Well done to the students and the hard work that they did over those 24 hours. They were heavily supported by parents and staff, and I thank them for their assistance. In particular, I thank the Cheal and the Vozzo families who drove down to Adelaide and back to Darwin with all of the equipment. The Gill family assisted them and, between the three families, they organised the camp site and all the food for the teams while they were competing in the event. I thank Sarah and Dave Mott, Tom Leach and Simon Hughes who accompanied the students to Adelaide for the event. Simon Hughes, the deputy principal at the school, put a lot of time into the event, organising the bikes and helping train the team. I know that the school thanks him dearly for organising this event. It is a great life experience for those who competed in the very successful weekend. It is interesting to note in the schools newsletter that a couple of students who competed have made some little comments, and I note a couple of them. Emi said: We all work well as a team, were considerate of each other ... Brittney said: It was nothing like I expected it to be - it was much bigger. Dannielle said: I was amazed that some of the bikes were so fast. Chrissi said: I loved riding fast around the corners because it gave you a bit of an adrenalin rush. Lindsay C had an interesting comment and said: Beware of side effects: sleep talking, sleep riding! Obviously, he had some side effects and did a bit of sleep talking with all the exhaustion after peddling the bike through those many laps.