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The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jul 2016



The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jul 2016

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FRIDAY JULY 15 2016 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA SWEET-TOOTHED Territorians can scoop up home delivered ice cream from Uber today as the ride sharing business tries to muscle in on the Top Ends transport industry. Uber NT and Queensland general manager Sam Bool said the ridesharing business would help OzHarvest deliver five meals to Australians in need for every tub sold. Mr Bool said interest in Darwin from prospective drivers and passengers was huge. Several hundred people had Maize Liddicoat, Holly Feltham and Tajh Feltham were happy to receive their ice-cream as part of an Uber promotion around Darwin Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Uber offers sweetener after icy NT reception Praise for crash crew THE boss of the company whose tour bus rolled in Kakadu National Park on Tuesday said yesterday he was relieved the crash didnt result in worse injuries. In a statement, Wayoutback Australian Safaris managing director Don Wait (pictured) praised the work of police, emergency services and the Jabiru medical centre. We are all naturally worried about the safety and wellbeing of our guests and guide ... we are at the same time extremely relieved that everybody involved is OK with few serious injuries reported, he said. Mr Wait said the driver served to avoid hitting a car which pulled up suddenly after missing its turn-off. He said company staff met with guests at the hospital after the crash. Additionally the support within the tourism industry is heartfelt and all efforts made are a show of professionalism and compassion in these circumstances, he said. Our guide is understandably distressed, and is being supported by myself and my team at Wayoutback. Former Souths coach on trial FORMER South Darwin Rabbitohs rugby league coach Ricky Noel Finn has been committed to face trial in the Supreme Court on stealing and aggravated stealing charges. Finn, self-represented, faced Darwin Local Court yesterday for a brief hearing. His matter will be mentioned in the Supreme Court on August 11, when hearing dates will be set down. His wife, Naomi Jane Finn, a former club treasurer, also faced Darwin Local Court yesterday on charges on the same charges. HAYLEY SORENSEN expressed an interest in driving Uber vehicles, while thousands of Darwin residents have already downloaded the app. Negotiations with the CLP Government and the opposition began about a year ago, he said. Territory Labor has committed to opening the gates to Uber and similar services by next year, should the party win government at the August election. Opposition leader Michael Gunner said the arrival of ride sharing services in the NT was inevitable, and the Territory should learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions when putting in place regulations to allow Uber and the like to enter the industry alongside taxis. The thing that puts (taxi drivers) most at risk is (if) we dont actually prepare for the reality of ride sharing, he said. Theyll be at the table when we talk about the rules and how we make and have this industry work. Thats the best way to protect them. The taxi industry claims to be at a disadvantage to Uber drivers, who dont have to pay the hefty licence fees necessary to operate a taxi. An annual licence fee for a standard taxi in the NT is $20,240. Mr Gunner said all options would be on the table to level the playing field between Uber and traditional taxi services. Sometimes its compensation and buy backs, sometimes its changing the fare and fee structure, he said. We have got an open mind to negotiations; were not ruling things in or out at this stage. Chief Minister Adam Giles said Labors Uber pledge was reckless and irresponsible and could cost millions. Closing down the taxi industry to support a predatory overseas company is going to require compensation, he said. Labor needs to come clean and say how they will reimburse taxi licence holders, who are Territory small business owners, for lost earnings. Territorians can get home delivered gourmet ice cream from 11am-5pm today by downloading the Uber app and selecting the Uber ice cream option. Tubs cost $15.

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