The Northern Territory news Tue 14 Mar 2017
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TUESDAY MARCH 14 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE legend of Guido Zuccoli could live on over the skies of Darwin in the not-too-distant future. Zuccoli was a Territory construction boss and aviator whose contribution to the Territory over many decades saw a Palmerston suburb named in his honour. He died tragically in a plane crash at Tindal near Katherine 20 years ago. He was 57. Now another Guido Zuccoli, his 18 year-old grandson, has his sights set on hurling planes at breakneck speeds around the Territory. Only unlike his famous grandfather, who was an international aerobatic champion in restored Word War II fighters, Guido junior intends to do it as a top gun fighter pilot in the potent F-35 supersonic jets of the Royal Australian Air Force. On the anniversary of his grandfathers death, Guido junior has joined a select group of only 20 young Australians who will study and train to be the next batch of Australias RAAF pilots. Its a path his younger brother Marco, 15, is determined to follow. Mum Annamaria is proud that her sons are going to rekindle a Territory relationship that ended for them when the restored, 45-year-old Harvard Trainer her father was flying from Tindal to Toowoomba crashed on takeoff. I love Darwin and the many happy memories that go with it, Annamaria said from her home in Toowoomba. The family still has great friends from the Territory. Im very proud that my sons are following in my fathers footsteps. They have always wanted to return to Darwin and for them to do it as aviators is surreal. Guido junior was flying before he had his car licence. He was one of the first 15-yearolds in Queensland to take to the skies for a solo flight. That seems so long ago and now his brother Marco is doing likewise. My father would be so very proud of them. Guido Zuccoli senior arrived in Australia in 1961 from Italy and moved to Darwin in 1967. He started Steelcon Constructions Pty Ltd which pion eered much of the new construction in the Territorys outback, building bridges, water reservoirs, wharves and roadworks, as well as major civil engineering projects which won national awards. The Bagot Road Flyover, which his company built in 1983, was renamed the Guido Zuccoli Flyover in his memory. Zuccoli took up flying because his work involved travel over vast areas. He became a household name among Australias aviation enthusiasts for his work in the restoration and display flying of classic World War II military aircraft. He was chosen in the elite Australian Aerobatic Team, and competed overseas in 1976, 1978 and 1982. Guido won many awards for flying, including representing the NT in the Australian Sportsman of the A MUM whose Darwin Middle School son was involved in an incident with a Darwin Bowls Club helper during a school sports lesson has questioned the speed with which the Education department has responded. Joanne Walters claims her son Scott was manhandled by a club helper and she wants action taken to make sure the safety of school children is not being compromised. The Education Department has confirmed it is aware of an incident at the Darwin Bowls Club involving a student from Bowls club incident has mum chasing answers Darwin Middle School. A spokesman said the incident was being reviewed by the school with the support of the Department of Education. The school is currently reviewing details of the incident to determine the facts and any subsequent action, the spokesman said. A report lodged with the school by the teacher supervising the class confirmed Ms Walters son, Scott, was among two classes at the club for bowls as their PE lesson. The teacher said Scott was sitting down, then walked over quietly to students playing, to give advice to his friend about bowling the lawn bowl. The teacher said Scott was quiet and not causing any trouble. One of the older instructors that helped out raised his voice several times to Scott, told him to go back and sit down the older instructor helper seemed to push Scott away with his hand three times quite hard which turned into a hit, the teacher said. Ms Walters said: The bowls club claims this never happened and both the teacher and my son said it did. Like any mother I want my child safe from this type of behaviour ..., she said. The club did not comment. GARY SHIPWAY Scott Walters outside the Darwin Bowls Club Year Awards. In 1984, Zuccoli senior established his aviation engineering business, Aerotec, with branches in Darwin and Toowoomba where he eventually moved to with his family in 1987 after 20 years in Darwin. For the next 10 years Zuccoli commuted to and from the Territory. His aviation legacy lives on at the family business in Toowoomba where they have a flying school. Zuccoli legend lives on in Territory skies Marco Zuccoli and (inset) Guido Zuccoli junior are following in the footsteps of their late grandfather Pictures: SUPPLIED GARY SHIPWAY Guilty plea for drink drive cop A POLICE officer will plead guilty on a string of driving and drink driving charges after she has finished her stint in rehab, Darwin Local Court has heard. Holly Anne Davidson, 35, is charged with driving disqualified, uninsured, without due care and while under the influence of alcohol, as well as a breach of bail. Davidson was not required to appear at a directions hearing in Darwin Local Court yesterday, where barrister Lyma Nguyen asked for a lengthy adjournment so an in-depth psychological report could be compiled, and so Davidson could complete a term at the Salvation Army Sunrise rehab centre. Ms Nguyen indicated her client will plead guilty to all charges. A bail application in December heard Davidson had a history of alcoholism and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she crashed her car into a street sign in Palmerston. It was Davidsons second drink driving charge in a fortnight, having fallen asleep in her parked, running car near her Palmerston home about two weeks earlier.. Judge Alan Woodcock adjourned the matter for a guilty plea on April 24. CRAIG DUNLOP Charged for posting drugs AN 18-year-old Alice Springs man has been charged with a number of drug offences after allegedly trying to post drugs to a freight company. Police said the man was located after three packages addressed to him were found. One package, intercepted on March 7 contained a quantity of methamphetamines, he said. On March 8 and 10, two packages were intercepted containing 50 MDMA tablets, 10 Dexamphetamine tables, 10ml of LSD and 10 tabs of LSD.
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