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The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Shot of Mindil Beach from the brand new Qantas safety video to feature on flights Iconic Territory spots shine in airline video NORTHERN Territory sights including the Field of Light at Uluru and the Mindil Markets in Darwin have been featured in Qantass new safety video. Showcasing 15 sites across the country in a campaign that doubles as a tourism promotion, the company hoped for the video to be viewed more than 90 million times. The Mindil Markets is a very popular spot with tourists and locals alike and it shows the diversity and fun that is what the Top End is known for, a Qantas spokesman said. Other the locations used are Sydney Harbour, Queenslands Moreton Island, the Mt Hotham ski fields in Victoria, Port Lin coln in South Australia and Kings Park in Perth. The stars of the video include Sharon a cleaner from the Cape Hillsborough Caravan Park in north Queensland, Melbourne fashion designer Daniel Avakian, a window washer on the Gold Coast and QantasLink crew member Carmel. The airline worked with Tourism Australia, Tourism NT and other state organisations to produce the six minute film over 12 days. Were confident it will strike a chord with travellers from around the world, not to mention Australians thinking about holidaying at home, chief executive Alan Joyce said. Travellers will get their first in-flight look at the video from February 1. ROBYN IRONSIDE and PHILLIPPA BUTT LESS than a day after a prisoner escaped from custody at Royal Darwin Hospital, a second man has fled from a work release camp at Deckchair Cinema and been recaptured. Cyril Nangurur, 25, was with a group of prisoners doing clean-up work at the Deckchair site when he fled up the stairs towards The Esplanade at 11.20am yesterday. He was caught by police in Cavenagh St at 12.45pm. Nangurur is serving an eight-month sentence for aggravated assault and is due to be released on June 8. He was rated open security which allowed him to work outside the prison as part of a work crew doing voluntary service for community groups. At 5.40pm Monday, 25year-old Keenan Henriksen escaped from custody during a medical visit to RDH. Once at the hospital, Henriksen fled his security escort. He was recaptured an hour later when responding police sighted and arrested him close to the hospital in the nearby suburb of Nakara. TERRITORY parents are burning through thousands of dollars in interest each year by using credit cards to pay school fees, a report has revealed. The Lonergan Research survey, commissioned by marketplace lender Society One, found that 20 per cent of credit card holders with school-aged children are putting school fees on credit. Parents swiping up fees Using credit cards for school costs is a pricey exercise Nationwide, that number represents 750,000 parents out of 3.7 million. And those unable to pay their credit card bills on time are paying $2400 or more in interest, based on an average 17 per cent interest credit card with a $15,457 limit. Society One executive director Greg Symons is not sur prised parents use credit as education costs are stacking up. Its a big challenge after Christmas to get hit with fees and other costs at once, Mr Symons said. A $35,000 school year can cost an extra $6000 if put on a credit card. Australian Scholarships Group estimates the total education cost for children born in 2017 and for the duration of their education will average $487,093 for metro private schools; $239,672 for systemic schools (like Catholic, religious schools) and $68,613 for government schools. Meanwhile, 2017 high school costs will average up to $25,285 nationally for private school students, with average fees of $20,898 plus extras for uniforms, computer tech and other costs. For systemic schools, the figure is $13,926 and for government schools $4780, even with fees averaging just $1150. RBA figures suggest those who pay bills on time are in the minority, with the total credit card debt in Australia at $50 billion- $32 billion of which is accumulating interest. Credit cards can be useful if you make the repayments in full each month, Miles Larbey, ASIC head of financial literacy, said. Social demographer Mark McCrindle said that despite growing costs, private school education was rising in popularity across the nation. TIM McINTYRE Deckchair prisoner flees scene If youre a tradie, register now to get a piece of the action. The Northern Territory Government is providing a $5 million boost to the construction industry for repairs and upgrades to urban public housing. If you are a tradie or small business with 19 employees or less register your interest for work now. Go to dhcd.nt.gov.au to register and find out more, or call 8999 7969. Registrations now open