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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Tour buses chicken run A FORMER guide with The Rock Tour has described the companys unsafe and unprofessional attitude to safety and how he believed a tragic death like Zoe Woolmers was only a matter of time. Adam Cooper told the Alice Springs inquest into the 23year-olds death hed worked for the company on two separate periods. The second time I went there it was horrible, they were playing chicken with buses; two buses driving towards each other on the same side of the road, Mr Cooper said. In a letter to police shortly after the incident Mr Cooper was quoted as having written The Rock Tour was an unsafe and unprofessional organisation. I truly believed that a tragedy like this was only a matter of time, the letter said. Zoe Woolmer fell an esti mated 15m to her death after losing her footing while posing for a photograph on a ledge at Kings Canyon in June last year. She was travelling with The Rock Tour on a three-day expedition that takes in Uluru, The Olgas and Kings Canyon. Another former guide, Tim othy Hall, agreed that photographs taken at Kestrel Falls, where tourists are able to pretend theyre hanging on to the cliff edge, were a marketing point of difference for the company. Barrister Scott Henchliffe, representing The Rock Tour, argued that these guides both left on bad terms. He suggested Mr Cooper might have a grudge against The Rock Tour. That claim was denied. Tour guide Jason Wright who had worked for other companies described intensive training hed been through prior to undertaking tours. Mr Wright later managed The Rock Bar, owned by the same company as The Rock Tour, where he said he had heard many stories of happenings out on the road. He claimed to have flagged concerns about behaviour on tours during a meeting with company directors Robert Cowan and Jolyon George. I thought the practices of some of their guides were dangerous and someone was going to get hurt, he said. The next witnesses at the inquest will be the directors. Ex-guide says tragedy was only a matter of time Brothers Sam, 17, and Liam Howie, 20, have been bodybuilding for more than three years and help to motivate each other Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Brothers muscle up for fitness BROTHERS in arms and training, Liam and Sam Howie are fast on the rise in the Top Ends natural bodybuilding circles. Jabiru-based Liam, 20, and Sam, 17, recently competed in the International Natural Bodybuilding Australia NT Championships where they both placed in two categories. For Liam, two second places (in mens junior and mens open class over 175cm) was a strong result for just his second competition. I started off pretty skinny, I wanted to get bigger and stronger naturally and this is a great way to do it, he said. Im pretty happy with the mens open result, but Ill be looking to win it in a future event. Sam came third in the mens teenage and mens open class under 175cm. Mostly training from a home gym, the pair have spent more than three years motivating each other. Having Sam around pushes me he can set a benchmark for me to follow, but then that can be reversed where he catches up, Liam said. Were competitive but not in a bad way. A constant low-carb, highprotein diet plan can be hard on the pair, who admitted to an occasional cheat day, but they are determined to keep working on their bodies. New maps clear up storm surge areas ALMOST 400 properties have been identified as not being affected by storm surge with the release of new mapping by the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment. Most unaffected properties are in the marina suburbs of Bayview and Cullen Bay. Storm surge is usually caused by the elevation in sea level attributed to a cyclones intensity combined with wind stress build-up. The availability of detailed storm surge information all ows decision-makers to avoid or minimise risks before an emergency arises. More than 100 properties in the northern suburbs between Fannie Bay and Leanyer were identified to have a slightly increased risk of storm surge. Larrakeyah Primary hits Broadway IT is getting to that time of year again, where students get to show off all their efforts of working towards a wholeschool performance. Larrakeyah Primary School presents its whole-school concert A Night on Broadway on Friday night, where students showcase their talents and dance moves. The performance will take audience members on a magical journey through the history of musical theatre, with music and dance from shows like Cats, Annie, Grease, The Little Mermaid and Stomp. A Night on Broadway will be performed at 7pm at Darwin Entertainment Centre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for children, from yourcentre.com.au. Your Candidate in the Lyons Ward By-election Authorised by Emma Young 6/280 Casuarina Drive Nightclif Printed by NT News 1 Printers Place McMinn Street Darwin NT 0800 Dr Emma YOUNG For a Sustainable, Liveable and Innovative Darwin Polling Day: Saturday 10th October 8am 6pm VOTE 1 Parap Fannie Bay Stuart Park Darwin City Larrakeyah Woolner Bayview
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