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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015

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04 NEWS FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Crash victim mourned as a likable go-getter Police, in the background, investigate Michael ONeils crashed Ducati motorcycle as the Nissan Navara ute sits in the foreground, earlier this month Picture: IVAN RACHMAN THE motorcyclist who died from injuries sustained in a crash with a ute earlier this month is being remembered as one of the good guys. Michael ONeil, 49, died overnight Wednesday after suffering severe leg injuries in the crash on Berrimah Rd near Casey St about 2.20pm, May 6. Mr ONeil was a mature aged apprentice fabricator and welder working for Fingers Specialised Metal Fabrication. Owner Mark Taylor said Mr ONeil first came to him in 2012 asking for a job, and he turned him away. I told him to go and get some skills or go to school I didnt think I would ever see him again, he said. Then 12 months later he came back with his certificates and I gave him a job there and then. I love blokes who do that. He wanted to do something different and he went out and made it happen. He had been there ever since. Mr Taylor said Mr ONeil wanted to become a boilermaker because he wanted to improve himself and improve his skills. He was very well-liked among everyone here. He was quiet and unassuming and he was a really intelligent man. He and his wife Shelley had been planning to repair a yacht they had just bought. Mr ONeil was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital with serious leg injuries after the crash. Police were quoted at the time as saying the ute had crossed on to the wrong side of the road near Casey St. Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Casey from the Major Crash Unit said investigations into the crash were continuing. He said police were still considering possible offences for the 19-year-old driver of the ute. He also said there was no evidence the driver was texting. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. DAMIEN McCARTNEY Eurovision gets a gig at NT pub A BOOZY outing at the pub last Friday night sparked the establishment of the Alice Springs Eurovision Enthusiasts Club. Its a relatively new organisation, but we have a grand plan for bringing the spirit of Eurovision to Alice Springs, organiser Benjamin Erin said. Mr Erin, and fellow enthusiast Madeleine Kynaston, came up with the idea to organise a public viewing of the international song contest this Sunday. I guess it was spurred on by the NT being represented with Jessica Mauboy last year, Ms Kynaston said. The Eurovision final will be screened at Montes lounge on Sunday from 7pm. A pub meal will be awarded to the bestdressed fan on the night. Girl likely to be close say police POLICE are confident of finding an 11-year-old girl missing from Alice Springs in a nearby community. Melanie Giles has not been seen since she visited family members in Alice Springs on Monday. Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Siiri Tennosaar said police had checked all known locations for her around the town, but were confident she had gone to visit family in Yuendumu. She is described as an indigenous girl with dyed yellow and blonde hair, tall for her age and appears older. She was wearing long tights. Anyone who may have seen Melanie or know of her whereabouts is asked to call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Is your energy bill too high? This actvity received funding from the Australian Government. It is delivered by COOLmob, an initatve of the Environment Centre NT, and delivered in partnership with Charles Darwin University, COTA NT, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Yilli Housing and Carers NT. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any informaton or advice contained herein. Free Home Energy Saving Assistance Eligible residents of Greater Darwin are provided with a free energy audit to cut energy costs. Plus free services and products, such as one of the following: Air conditoner clean/ service Energy saving devices External shade structures A heat refectve roof paint Am I eligible? This project is available to residents that; Are not living in Territory housing, and Hold a low income healthcare card, or Live on an approved low income, or Receive an approved centrelink payment Contact the Smart Cooling team today 8981 3642 or www.coolmob.org I have lived in Darwin for 15 years and this is the frst tme I feel cool and comfortable during the wet season in my home. -Miemie, Smart Cooling partcipant 2015 FREE PRODUCTS & SERVICES FREE ENERGY AUDIT