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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016


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02 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Crown prosecutor Stephen Robson said penalties for a hit and run offence were designed by Parliament to foster a humane society. In a humane society, people are not left on the side of the road seriously injured or dying, he said. Clearly the offenders actions speak for themselves. He corrected his vehicle to avoid further collisions, kept on driving and tried to cover his tracks. It is hard to imagine more serious injuries happening and for her survive ... There is nothing mitigating at all. The court also heard of Dredges emotional blackmail towards his wife, where he threatened to knock her out if she told the truth. Brett Dredge will be eligible for parole in three years and nine months. Solar projects red-hot costs BUILDING a solar PV power station with enough storage capacity to supply electricity to Alice Springs for a week without sunshine could cost up to $2 billion, according to Territory Generation. Under this scenario Territory Generation data indicates the wholesale electricity price in Alice Springs would rise by 345 per cent. Territory Generation would also need to maintain three 11MW gas-powered engines at Owen Springs Power Station for back-up. Territory Generation claimed the capital cost of expanding existing Owen Springs Power Station would be $75 million. This expansion is underway and is due for completetion by early 2018. Territory Generation recognises that the cost of solar PV and energy storage technology will decrease over coming years, but these figures demonstrate the commercial reality that we are faced with, Territory Generation chief executive officer Tim Duignan said. Over time we will integrate more renewable energy into the power system, but at this point in time that would cost more than consumers are currently willing to pay. School merge plan on books A DRAFT plan to combine Centralian Middle School and Centralian Senior College has been floated. Territory Education Minister Peter Chandler has given details of a plan for a dual campus for the two schools to address declining enrolments. Over a period of time enrolment data has shown a decline in student numbers in the government middle schools in Palmerston and Alice Springs, he said. This indicates work needs to be done to connect the middle school with neighbouring secondary school to provide continuity and consistency in teaching. The dual campus college model would provide increased programs, more resources and additional curricular and extra-curricular activities that being a larger school can offer for students from Years 7 to 12. The document is only in its infancy stages, and through due process, consultation will be undertaken to address feedback from stakeholders including school staff, parents, students and the broader school. NTES Regional Manager South Clare Barker and Southern Division Commander Danny Bacon ready for the annual sleep-out. Sleeping out in cold to benefit homeless aidhighliughcolddH eadinggggggg Headingggggggggg THE hit and run driver who crashed into and left a young Alice Springs mother wheelchair-bound drank alcohol and swallowed valium pills before the accident then fabricated an elaborate lie that he stuck to for months, a court has heard. Brett Dredge, 53, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for dangerous driving causing serious harm, failure to stop and render assistance and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Northern Territory Supreme Court yesterday. The court heard Ms Emma OConnor flew up from her motorbike into the windscreen and was propelled 24 metres when Dredge collided with her on the side of Len Kittle Drive at about 6.59pm on October 21 last year. During police investigations, Dredge denied any knowledge of the incident, High hit and run driver made up elaborate lie even creating a fictitious character called Donny, who he and his wife claimed was staying with them and had driven the Toyota Corolla hatchback that evening while he was passed out in the back. His wife Narelle Dredge, 51, was also sentenced to an 18month suspended prison term for attempting to pervert the course of justice. The incident happened while Ms OConnor, who got her motorbike learners licence two days earlier, was getting a lesson from her husband, who managed to jump out of the way. She was taken to hospital in critical condition with a fractured skull, and broken back and pelvis. Her son was just two months old at the time. Secret police recordings captured conversations between the Dredges in their caravan, where they were constructing their elaborate story. Justice Brian Martin de scribed his behaviour as completely callous and selfabsorbed. You caused horrendous injuries to the victim and devastated her life and members of her immediate family and friends, he said. You spoke about that bitch that copped it. You said I hope she is f***ing dead ... That statement is in fact of you, in your drunken state, blaming the victim. There is no blame whatsoever to be attached to the victim not a skerrick. You were so self-absorbed and worried about yourself. You were willing to callously disregard not only her interests, but disregard her lack of fault. You wanted to try and attribute something to her. It was an appalling attitude. Dredge bought wine from two bottleshops in Alice Springs hours before the accident. He told police he washed down valium tablets with wine. Tom Volling Hit and run victim Emma O'Connor surrounded by family members, Kyha Darley, Joshu Richards, and mum Wyn Richards. CENTRALIAN high-rollers swapped their kingsize mattresses for the cold Blatherskite Park ground at the annual St Vinnies CEO sleep-out last night. Tourism Central Australias Stephen Schwer, Womens Shelters Di Gipey, Doubletree Hiltons Todd Grierson and Northern Territory Police southern Division Commander Danny Bacon are among those who traded their beds for sleeping bags last night. Commander Bacon said it was an effective way to bring awareness and funds for people who find themselves homeless from domestic violence issues. Domestic violence is an issue that effects men and women and often victims of domestic violence find themselves homeless, with no-one to turn to for support, he said. I am participating in this cause to raise money and awareness for these issues that we face not only in Alice Springs but across the Northern Territory. Money raised in 2015 in the Northern Territory was used to provide 10 secure 24-hour lockers for homeless people the first of its kind in Alice Springs and better food at the towns Food Van. According to NT Shelter, homelessness has many causes including a lack of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse. Discover the treasures in the Northern Territorys history, achievements, heroes and lifestyle with the Territory Day Quest. WIN great prizes, including a trip on The Ghan and a flight back with Virgin Australia, for four people. Get the app and find out more at territoryday.nt.gov.au/quest

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