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The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015



The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015

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06 NEWS MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 THE Northern Territory Government has started making inquiries to turn the V8 Supercars at Hidden Valley Raceway from a daytime event into a night attraction. The time change would make it the only V8 Supercars event to be held at night in Australia. Chief Minister Adam Giles said it was only early days but that he was in the process of getting quotes to bring the idea to fruition. Were trying to identify what the cost might be, Mr Giles told the NT News. Mr Giles said the purpose of hosting the annual event at night was to create a point of difference to improve on the tourism product. The V8 Supercars is the Territorys largest event, attracting more than 44,000 people to Hidden Valley over three days each year. Theres potential to bring more (money) to the Territory (if we host the event) at night, Mr Giles said. It will be more about the exposure wed get from around the country and from Asia and being able to showcase Darwin over that weekend with the advertising. The NT Government has invested more than $8 million in infrastructure upgrades at Hidden Valley as part of Budget 2015. But Mr Giles said further significant works would MEGAN PALIN be required to equip the grounds with adequate lighting for national and international broadcasts. There has to be a certain standard of light quality for broadcasting purposes, he said. Mr Giles said no concrete plans had yet been made to turn the event into a nighttime attraction. Its only very early investigations with working out the cost, quality, logistics and making sure theres a return on investment from the taxpayers point of view, he said. It might be seen as a farfetched idea but were keen to have a quick look and get an estimation. We want to make sure were adding value to tourism industry. Mr Giles said next years V8s would still be held during the day. Darwin has always been the leader in V8s in the country; whether its being the first to have concerts at the V8 events or setting up public transport systems for the V8s, weve always been a market leader, he said. Now were looking at the next step. It might be seen as a far fetched idea but were keen to have a ... look Advertisement Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. DO TT 10 02 0/ 28 4x 17 4 If youve been putting off purchasing new equipment for your business, its time to act. 30 June is just around the corner, and right now, all small businesses will get an immediate, full tax deduction for a wide range of assets up to $20,000. This opportunity is part of a small business package recently enacted by the Australian Parliament. Its a set of changes designed to improve our economy in the future and benefi t Australias two million plus small businesses. 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The ceremony earlier this month was a combination of European tradition and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, graphically demonstrating the Institutes both-ways philosophy of education. BIITE Chief Executive Officer Robert Somerville AM congratulated graduates. The education and training students receive are first class and enables them to make a real difference to our people whether it be as a professional, a tradesperson, a leader or a role model. For many, like myself, they are the first in their family to gain an academic award, he said. Beanie there, done that ALICE Springs has arguably become the nations beanie capital, with people from all across the country converging on the Centre at the weekend for the 19th annual Beanie Festival. The masses were buying hats clad with birds, landscapes, and even political expression such as the Frack-Free beanie. But as organiser Jason Quin said, the beanies were art. Dorris Madden from Warrnambool, Victoria, was last years second prize beanie entrant. While walking away without a prize this year, her crocheted Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Little Mermaid inspired head-warmer is one shell keep for the trophy room. It acts as a bag and a beanie, she said. I love the Beanie Festival, and have come two years in a row now. Creating a multipurpose beanie was the design brief, as well as needling a beanie which had a theme of opposites attract. While kangaroo tails and damper were simmering in an open pit, revellers were weaving yarns with indigenous ladies from remote communities like Willowra resident Julie Kitson. Jeremy Etkind moved from Bondi Beach to Alice Springs this year for work, and immersed himself in the community buzz. Its surprisingly great; everyone is really happy, he said. Local Ingrid Johanson said she was proud her mum from Bendigo, Victoria, had sold the beanie she entered in the exhibition.

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