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Sun newspapers Tue 1 Nov 2016



Sun newspapers Tue 1 Nov 2016


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News 06 SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, November 1, 2016 NTNE01Z01DS - V1 DARWIN LIFESTYLE Bouncing into new era of healthy fun PHILLIPPA BUTT AFTER fleeing war-torn Syria, a number of refugees are settling in Palmerston and a unique program is helping the newcomers smoothly transition to Top End roads. The Passport To Drive program was launched by the Multicultural Council of the NT in September 2010, and expanded into Palmerston last year. The MCNT has been run ning a Passport To Drive course specifically targeted at recently arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Palmerston. MCNT chief executive Joe De Luca said he had anticipated about 10 to 12 participants, mostly from Syria. It is not specifically a class for this cohort, although the MCNT is keen to work with them as they are a group with high needs, he said. We would say that 80 per cent 90 per cent of the participants go on to get their Ls. The great majority of participants go on to get their drivers licence as well. Mr De Luca said almost all of the adult participants in the Palmerston classes were women. We feel that the program enriches and empowers their lives, he said. Chloe Riyanti Maiolo, 33, moved to Darwin from Indonesia about a year ago. Ms Riyanti Maiolo now has her L plates after graduating from the October Passport to Drive program. The way they explained things, it was really helpful, she said. Now I know about all the rules before I started in this class, because my country was very different ... I did not know everything. She said she was excited for her future on the roads, and encouraged other new arrivals to sign up for the program. Palmerston Mayor Ian Abbott showed his support by attending a certificate ceremony last month. Mr Abbott said council supported programs which helped refugees and migrant families feel welcomed and supported. Council is committed to playing an important role in helping refugees become part of our community, he said. For refugees ... coming to Australia participating in programs like this develops their skills in terms of driving and safety but also gives them confidence when on our roads and advances their chances at securing work where driving may be a requirement. He said driving gave refugees independence and ability to become part of the Palmerston community. Road to refugee freedom LAUREN ROBERTS PALMERSTON CULTURE LOVERS of trampolines dont need to wait much longer Flip Out Darwin will be opening in just over a month. The centre is part of the new Darwin Airport Central, which opened in October. Flip Out Darwin director Nikki Rudd she was looking forward to the centre opening. It will be in early December, in time for school holidays, Ms Rudd said. She said the trampoline centre would offer fun and fitness for all age groups. Flip Out Darwin promotes an active lifestyle for everyone by providing whole family entertainment, she said. We complement the recreational side of Flip Out with skills and agility programs to enhance the customers experience. There is the added benefit of Flip Out Darwin providing real engagement with youth to invest their energy into physical and supervised social activities. We do this by building a community ... Flip Out is a community building business that gives back to our local customers in so many ways and we cant wait to open. As well as the entertainment business, Dawrin Airport Central has also opened a Muzz Buzz a one-stop-shop for coffee and juice lovers. NT Airports director of property Ross Baynes said the area was set to become a thriving hub in Darwin. Darwin Airport Central is an exciting masterplanned and fully integrated precinct that NT Airports is immensely proud to deliver to the Top End business and broader community, he said. The precinct will soon be enhanced with a raft of businesses opening, many of which not seen before in the Northern Territory. With its strategic location and contemporary commercial, showroom and warehouse offerings, we expect the precinct to really take off. Kids enjoying a Flip Out trampoline centre, one of which is coming to Darwin in early December Off the couch for new campaign INCREASING numbers of Northern Territory locals are choosing the couch over the treadmill with potentially deadly consequences. More than 40 per cent of Territorians are not getting enough exercise, putting themselves at serious risk of stroke and other chronic diseases. To help inspire people to boost their activity levels, the Stroke Foundation is calling on local residents to get moving this November. Stride4Stroke participants are encouraged to pledge a kilometre target for the month and get out there and get moving. This fun event is achievable for any fitness level. To find out more, visit strokefoundation.org.au. Motion to permit animals in prison ANIMAL programs could soon be back in Darwin prison thanks to a motion put forward by MLA Gerry Wood. Mr Woods motion passed in parliament on Wednesday, supporting the use of animals in prison programs. He said the use of animals was known to have a great therapeutic and calming effect in a prison. Prisoners in the old Berrimah prison cared for injured animals under the Wildlife Rescue program, he said. Unfortunately one prisoner took his own life when told the animals he cared for would not be permitted ... Since then animals have not been allowed. He said there were many opportunities for using animals in prison such as a developing a poultry farm for eggs. 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