The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015
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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Man, 18, blows $15k on ice habit AN 18-year-old Katherine man has revealed he spent up to $15,000 last year to feed his ice habit. Chris, who did not want his surname published, was saving up to buy a house but blew his down payment on ice instead. I spent $10,000 to $15,000 on ice last year, which was money I was supposed to save up to buy a house with; thats all gone down the drain, he said. The teenager recently emerged from a drug spiral that began after a bad relationship and break-up, and last week finished two months of rehabilitation at Darwins Banyan House. The feeling of it: you feel invincible, unstoppable, you feel like youre a king, Chris said. He described lying to his friends and ripping them off to feed his habit, keeping it a secret from his mother as he went on benders for a week or two without sleeping, hallucinating and losing about 12kg. Ive seen a few people that are not even in this world ... I dont want to be known as that person when I die, Chris said, describing his ambition to become a police officer, a youth worker or to join Norforce. The National Ice Taskforce was in Darwin on Wednesday to tour Banyan House. Banyan Houses executive director Chris Franck said the number of people seeking treatment for ice addiction has soared 165 per cent over the past year. Its by far the largest increase weve had, he said. Andrew Thompson lost his brother three years ago when he committed suicide after becoming addicted to ice. His brother was 35 and was married with four children. He had it one night with his mates and continued to take it; he lost his mates, lost everything, just destroyed, Mr Thompson said. * Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 NEDA VANOVAC Digging deep for Legacy DARWINS World War II Oil Storage Tunnels will raise money for Legacy at the official opening of new signage boards this Saturday. From 10am to 1pm there will be giveaways, a sausage sizzle and a competition to name the new Digger who occupies the pump room fully constructed out of assorted materials from WWII. The tunnels are located at Darwin Waterfront. Entry is by donation with all proceeds for the day going to Legacy. Giddy-up its time to style up for Cup THE rain has stopped, the dry season is upon us and it is time for some horse play, Darwin style. The Darwin Cup, the race that stops a city, may still be 73 days away but there was a definite carnival atmosphere at Fannie Bay racecourse yesterday. And who better to give the month-long Carnival an initial, unofficial launch than Darwin Turf Club ambassador Sarah McCulloch. Stunning Sarah looked the part as she posed with the trophy for the $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup, which will be run on Monday, August 3. Speculation over the future of racing at Fannie Bay has been a topic of hot discussion recently but yesterdays gathering concentrated on the positives of the Carnival, in particular the fashions that will tempt and excite throughout July and into August. The month-long fashion spectacular will see racing fashion showcased on each of the eight race days during the Carnival, with the lucky winner of the preliminary rounds progressing to the final on Darwin Cup Day. Historically, Fashions on the Field contests were held only twice during the Carnival, on Ladies Day and Darwin Cup Day. The introduction of the Casuarina Square Carnival Fashions on the Field competition brings the Darwin Carnival in line with other major racing events across the country and provides the perfect platform for local retailers to showcase what the region has to offer, DTC marketing and sponsorship manager Carly Archer said. The ultimate winner will earn the opportunity to represent the Top End on the national stage as the first Northern Territory entrant to earn automatic qualification into the preliminary finals of the exclusive Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington, she said. DOUG BOOTH Picture: IVAN RACHMAN [A] Recommended driveaway pricing is applicable for Private, Bronze and Silver fl eet customers, & primary producers on selected 2015 plate models purchased on or before 31st May 2015 at participating Toyota Dealers, unless off er is extended. Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third party insurance (CTP), a maximum dealer delivery charge and stamp duty. Metallic paint included. For full terms & conditions visit Toyota.com.au/special-off ers. T2015-9405606 R10978/S/LM/NEWS OWN IT 2015 CAMRY ALTISERUNOUT From $26,990 driveaway [A] Camry, Australias favourite mid-sized sedan 16 Alloy Wheels & 6-Speed Automatic toyota.com.au/special-offers
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