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MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The Territorys new .... SCENE FOR THE DRY Territorian SUNDAY INSIDE TODAY A LIFTOUT FOR TERRITORIANS FRONTIER + + + SHOT DEAD AT THE WHEEL YOUNG FATHER VICTIM OF EARLY MORNING SHOOTING VICTIM WAS A TARGET: REPORTS, PICTURES PAGES 4-5 Every Sunday in the word for the wise Dear Woody, I want to go to Bali for a holiday, but I hear there are more bogans over there than there are in the Territory. This stat sounds exaggerated - surely there cannot be more people wearing Bintang singlets in Kuta than there are at Bunnings Palmer-ston? Given I am looking for a holiday from bogans, is Bali the right choice for me? Bali or Bust Dear Bali or Bust, We have an old saying in these parts: If it looks like a southerner, waddles like a southerner, and quacks like a southerner, then you are a bloody southerner, southerner. Bogan is a southern word. Sometimes used as an alternative to Territorian and in a depreca-tory way. You see, Bali or Bust, there is no such thing as a bogan. As Andy Dufresene would say, Hes a phantom, an apparition, second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit. We are in the fortunate position of being neighbours of Bali and, out of all Australi-ans, there would be no people more in tune with the traditonal cultures of the Balinese and Baliaga culture than Darwinites and Palmghanistanis. Nothing says respect to Hinduism like necking bulk Bintangs. The Bintang singlets themselves are an apex of thousands of years of Austronesian cultural development topped off with western class. But forget Bali, Palmghanistan is where you need to be holidaying. The number 8 runs seven days a week for $6 return from the city via the resort towns of Winnellie and Berrimah, including on public holidays, while the number 9 runs from Casu-arina return. Bust out a wheel chair and you will only pay $2 return on concession. I suggest an aperitif at The Arch Rival. They do a happy hour weekdays from 4pm and the nightclub is open for picking up AJs until 4am, Friday and Saturday night. You can take in the water tower one day and the big council TV screen the next. Theres also Target, and you could visit Peter Chan-dler. Bring me back a singlet that says: Not Today, Not Tomorrow. NT. Hilarious. People know me as no toes. My sport at the moment is learning to shoot clay pigeons. Im just learning to read and write, and am about to do a course to be a counsellor, helping people through amputations. Ive been a truck driver, machine operator, boiler maker and got by with the gift of the gab. I used to be 150kg, had been sitting on my bum in a garbage truck for 10 years, and got a splinter in my right foot that wouldnt heal. Being a diabetic, its important to look after your feet. They amputated my right leg in January 2010, and my left leg in December the same year. I spent 17 months in hospital, didnt eat for a long time, and when I got out, four years ago, I drove around Australia. Ive lived in Darwin since 1975. I have to go see my grandkids now. Does Territory etiquette have you scratching your sweaty noggin? Woody is here to help.Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Woody on twitter @djwoodeye The iconic Hotel Darwin has never been far from the headlines in the Top End. Known as the Raffles of Darwin, it was demolished in September 1999, with owners the Paspalis family citing concrete cancer. Demolition controversially began in the middle of the night soon after a Supreme Court injunction failed to stop the work, a move that infuriated Territorians. But it was brought back to life, in a fashion, when publican John Meers bought the lease on Kitty OSheas bar on Mitchell Street in 2012 and promptly restored the Hotel Darwin mantle. The original Hotel Darwin, located on The Esplanade, opened on July 9, 1940. FATIGUE: A common medical condition that strikes many Top Enders at this time of year when they are forced to constantly chauffeur southern guests to Litchfield, Berry Springs, the jumping crocs, Kakadu and various markets around Darwin. Also can be contracted in the wet season due to humidity-related mass loss of bodily fluids. ForgoTTEn TErriTory learn the lingo ask woody Advice from DAvID WooD to help you muddle your way through the confusing territory that comes with the Territory THE NUMBERs GaME 6 Approximate hours until death from a complete respiratory shutdown after being bitten by a northern death adder. 11.4 Length in metres of Australias longest pizza, created by Crust at Parap in January this year. 110.2 The number of men in Darwin per 100 women. FROCK ON TWO WEEKS TO CUP CARNIVAL: WE GET YOU RACE-READY JUNE 21, 2015 + BABIES, SOCIALS, FOOD REVIEWS, WEDD INGS, BEAUTY, ARTS, BOOKS, FISHING, MOV IES, TRAVEL & MORE UKE BEAUT: MANDORAH TUNES UP FOR FOLK FESTIVAL CHICKS ON SPEED: MEET THE WOMEN OF DARWIN SPEEDWAY Dont miss the new liftout that has the Territory talking Reptile wrangler Ben Peberdy with one of his many snakes, Olivia the 15-year-old olive python Picture: PATRINA MALONE WHEN AND WHY DID YOU COME TO THE TERRITORY?WHEN AND WHY DID YOU COME TO THE TERRITORY? I moved to Katherine from down south in 1996 as a kid, I moved to Katherine from down south in 1996 as a kid, my mum got a job at the Katherine hospital.my mum got a job at the Katherine hospital. WHATS THE BEST THING YOUVE WHATS THE BEST THING YOUVE FOUND FOUND SO FAR?SO FAR? The storms and cyclones let you know how insignificant The storms and cyclones let you know how insignificant we can be, but there are other things that really show we can be, but there are other things that really show how resilient you are.how resilient you are. WET SEASON OR DRY SEASON?WET SEASON OR DRY SEASON? In the Wet Im hanging for the Dry, and in the Dry Im In the Wet Im hanging for the Dry, and in the Dry Im hanging out for the Wet!hanging out for the Wet! UFOs OR CROCODILES? ANY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS?UFOs OR CROCODILES? ANY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS? Crocs Ive caught a lot over the years, some of Crocs Ive caught a lot over the years, some of which Ive kept as pets.which Ive kept as pets. BEST NT NEWS HEADLINE?BEST NT NEWS HEADLINE? Ive got the book! Theres not one particularly, but Ive got the book! Theres not one particularly, but theres been ripper ones about Cahills Crossing theres been ripper ones about Cahills Crossing they have always got to me because it makes me they have always got to me because it makes me shudder (at what some people do).shudder (at what some people do). Roads touted but huge rates feared FUNDING for a range of strategic road infrastructure projects will contribute to making Palmerston an important transport corridor amid resident concern about rate rises. Twenty-five local government agencies and indigenous corporations received grants totalling $9.9 million for feasibility studies, detailed planning and capital or minor works. Transport Minister Peter Chandler said the projects and studies would assist in local economic development and sustainability. Successful strategic local road infrastructure projects include a traffic management study, implementation of the Darwin Bike Plan projects and traffic signal upgrades, he said. Member for Blain Nathan Barrett said his electorate was angry about potentially paying double the current rates. Achievers talk on unlocking success OLYMPIC gold medallist Steven Bradbury, and successful entrepreneurs Ruslan Kogan and Naomi Simson will bring their inspirational stories to Alice Springs as part of the Territorys October Business Month. The month-long speaker series, now in its 21st year, will feature more than 150 conferences, seminars and networking opportunities in the NT. Speed skater turned motivational speaker Bradbury will appear at events in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Sometimes people in small towns feel like they are disadvantaged because they are isolated, (but) try being a speed skater from Brisbane, he said. Also featured are celebrity chef Matt Moran, NAB senior market economist David de Garis, and powerful female entrepreneur Carolyn Creswell. WILSON Parking has complained of inaccurate reporting surrounding its failed attempt to grab the private details of about 8500 Territorians. The grievance? Media have used the word fine instead of Wilsons preferred term, breach notice. A statement from disappointed chief executive Craig Smith explained the semantics: Wilson Parking does not issue fines. Breach notices are issued under the terms of entry to the carpark. They are and have been enforceable in the courts. The breach notices do not in any way look like a fine imposed by a local authority. They primarily relate to the non payment of parking fees. It was revealed this month Wilson Parking sought an application through the courts to get personal details of Territorians so it could chase its breach notices. The Transport Department did not object, creating a political storm resulting in the gov ernment rushing through urgent legislation preventing release of the information. The NT News asked if a person in receipt of a breach notice would then be expected to pay a fine but did not receive a response. Mr Smiths statement was in reply to NT News questions about how much money Wilson Parking had made at Royal Darwin Hospital and how much of it had been passed on to the government, not questions about the recent controversy. Asked why Wilson could not divulge these figures, Amber Sheldon, associate director of GTMedia, which Wilson goes to fine print specialises in strategic services, crisis management and media training said: No, Im not going to give you an explanation. Youve got the statement from Wilson. Its what others have got and theyve been happy with it. Mr Smiths statement continued to explain that Wilson Parking took privacy seriously. We are willing to discuss with (Transport Minister Peter Chandler) any concerns. Its a breach notice but just cough upZACH HOPE Our lifestyle has wrangler Chris in wrap AS someone r e g u l a r l y a r o u n d d a n g e r o u s creatures, reptile wrangler Chris Peberdy believes a respectful relat i o n s h i p between man and animal is essential. Our tropical environment lends to sharing space with the likes of snakes, which he says is a great part of what creates the Top Ends diversity. Having basic respect for them can keep you alive, he said. Seeing creatures in urban areas as often as we do is something you dont get in other states. Mr Peberdy, 31, moved to the Territory as a child, growing up in Katherine before moving to Darwin. Working as a reptile wrangler since 2002, he said Territory life had shaped his career from those early days. I wasnt into video games, and if youre not into fishing, chasing snakes and spotting crocs is what you do (as a kid) out there, he said. Its such a buzz being able to catch a big snake with what I do, and its good to be able to help the public. Training programs that take Mr Peberdy across the Top End keep him busy but give him scope about what makes the Territory a great home. Long-term Territorians are all good, down-to-earth people and you can stick together, he said. TerriTory Pride TerriTory day counTdown 8 days To go