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katherine Times Wed 01 May 2013



katherine Times Wed 01 May 2013


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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v. 31 issue 16

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4 KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY MAY 1 2013 www.katherinetimes.com.au >> news Health workers train road crash rescue scenarios REMOTE health practitioners and nurses from the regions health clinics in Lajamnu, Kalaringi, Yarralin, Timer Creek and Bulla participated in the Katherine West Health Boards three-day primary health care meeting in Katherine at the end of April. Joined by Katherine-based health staff the health workers took part in a road crash rescue training, provided by members of the Katherine fire station. Katherine West Health Boards Rebecca Cooney said the training aimed to teach health workers how to safely work at a road crash scene and how to liaise with rescue crews. After going through some theory about road accident safety we then had a scenario of a person with suspected spinal injuries in a car acci dent where we had to remove them from the car, the health worker said. Ms Cooney said the training would help health workers across the region work closer with emergency crews. Couple finds stolen car via social media A KATHERINE family who recovered their stolen car from seeking help via social media, have found their beloved vehicle has been written off. Colleen and Brian Kerr had their 2002 Ford Escape, with the distinctive personalised number plate ROOS77, stolen from their front yard in the middle of the night on Easter Sunday. Unaware of the theft, Mr Kerr said he went outside the next morning to find they were one car short. Mrs Kerr reported the theft to the police and posted messages with a photo of a similar looking car on the Katherine Times Facebook page and the Katherine Buy Swap and Sell Facebook page, asking if anyone had seen the vehicle. Almost a week later Mrs Kerr received a Facebook message from a woman in Darwin, who recognised the number plates, saying she was sitting behind the (stolen) car at the Berrimah lights. The woman told Mrs Kerr that the car was turning into Lagoon Road and that she had called the police. Police later contacted Mrs Kerr when they had found the vehicle. I dont think we would have found it without peoples help, Mrs Kerr said. I asked police if they had caught anyone, and they said the driver had absconded and they had arrested the passenger. She said police believed the thieves used a random Ford key to start the vehicle, as Mrs Kerrs home was not broken into and no keys were missing. They werent stolen, they had gone around trying car doors and scored lucky with ours, Mrs Kerr said. In the short time they had the ve hicle they have clocked up 2500km, just unbelievable. Police told the Kerr family the car was drivable, but when Mr Kerr retrieved the vehicle he found extensive damage to the transmission and power steering. Mechanically the car has been written off, he said. Other damage included popping the rear hatch hinge, removing the rear vision mirror, damaging the paint work and the console, peeling the tint off the driver and passenger windows, and stealing or breaking CDs, books and other personal items inside the car. The Kerrs bought the second hand car nine years ago, and had only clocked up about 30,000km. Its a good car, weve had no trouble with it, until they got their hands on it, Mrs Kerr said. Mrs Kerr said she wanted to thank the woman who spotted the car, and was grateful it had been recovered. She said the support from people responding to her Facebook posts was absolutely fantastic. > By TAMARA PENNIKET Colleen and Brian Kerrs vehicle was stolen from their Katherine East front yard at Easter - but the couple got their vehicle back after asking for help on Facebook. Guess who is having a birthday? FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY To help us celebrate we are seeking expressions of interest from non-profit community groups to hold activities or sell items to help your group. Stalls may include white elephant (bric-a-brac), books, cakes, childrens activities etc. For further information please contact Duana on 8972 1111 or email duana.job@fairfaxmedia.com.au The Katherine Times is celebrating our 30th birthday in June and we will be holding a birthday party on Sunday June 16 from 10am - 2pm at the Katherine Museum.