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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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02 NEWS MONDAY MAY 4 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NATIONAL: 10 The AFP will break their silence over their role in the Bali Nines arrest SWITCHED ON: 11 Comedy took Ian Meadows (The Moodys) to Territory indigenous communities WORLD: 10 Earthquake-hit Nepal has had to close its only international airport to big airplanes RACING: 15 All the form from all the big races, plus tips from the experts Wicking ..........................32 Your Say ........................32 National ..........................10 World ..............................10 Television .......................11 Horoscopes ....................31 Sudoku ............................31 Comics ............................34 Mega crossword ...........34 Classifieds ......................35 Weather ........................39 Fishing ........................... 39 Racing ............................ 15 Just Footy .......................17 GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: news@ntnews.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntnews.com.au Just Footy THE era of Kangaroos dominance has officially ended and the international careers of several Australian greats and coach Tim Sheens are set to follow suit. MORE: PAGE 22 www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 2015 CROC CAPTURES www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 1 1 7 Darwin ULP Average 135.7 Lowest 132.3 Multiple locations Darwin Diesel Average 136.8 Lowest 135.7 Multiple locations Alice Springs ULP 138.9 Diesel 139.9 Katherine ULP 136.9 Diesel 136.8 Tennant Creek ULP 159.1 Diesel 156.3 Have you spotted a cheaper price today? Send us a message on Facebook or email us at news@ntnews. com.au FUEL WATCH On the road to ruin ROAD TRAINS may be banned from Litchfields roads by July. Litchfield council is proposing to ban road trains over 19m for a single trailer and over mass vehicles because it cannot afford the upgrade of significantly deteriorating roads. According to council, many of Litchfields arterial roads were constructed by Transport and Works during the 70s and 80s, where the gross weight restriction for road trains was 100 tonnes maximum using up to three trailers. However the mass maximum gross weight restriction has been raised to 170 tonnes with four trailers, which accelerates the deterioration of the roads. Official manager Frank Crawley said the recent increase in the weight and size of road trains is having a serious impact on the usability and the estimated use of the roads Theyre reducing the life of the roads such that major re pairs and maintenance are required at a much earlier stage than what has occurred recently, Mr Crawley said. As the trucks are becoming heavier its reducing the lifespan of the roads. If council was to upgrade its roads, it would cost $70 per square metre. That means, if 119km of council-owned road was to be upgraded, it would cost the council $58 million. Councils agenda read that roads will deteriorate with a significant cost to the rate payers to remediate if no action is taken. Those roads include the likes of Finn Rd, Thorngate Rd, Redcliffe Rd and Elizabeth Valley. Transport Workers Union Branch Secretary for the Northern Territory Ray Wyatt said drivers safety is paramount, but there is concern that pushing drivers on to dif ferent routes would affect their driving time. Obviously the safety of our members is our foremost concern, and wed prefer that roads be properly maintained or that drivers not use them at all, Mr Wyatt said. However, were wary that pushing drivers on to alternative routes could raise safety issues for example, drivers being required to make a longer trip in the same amount of time. Council will consult with the transport industry and propose to have the ban in place by July. Drive to ban monster trucksDANI McDONALD Committed to music and unions SMOOTH soul sounds will fill the air around The Esplanade today during a free community concert. The concert an annual event following the Unions NT May Day march, which is held for members across the Territory in honour of workplace rights features The Commitments and Coffin Fitz. The 10-member Commitments cover hits from the film of the same name. Guitarist Mark Stringer said the group was excited to get back together for the show. We dont get to play with each other very often but this will be great for everyone to come and enjoy, he said. The concert begins with Coffin Fitz at 6pm followed by The Commitments at 7pm. Shane Stringer, Johnny Degaf, Anissa Hagbin, Mark Stringer and Harry Mellios from The Commitments will be playing a free concert on The Esplanade today following the Unions NT May Day march Picture: ELISE DERWIN A home loan that gives you the freedom to be yourself. Terms, conditions, fees, charges and lending criteria apply. Borrower must qualify for a Home Loan Package. Current Annual Fee of $395 applies. Rate current for new applications from 23 March 2015 and is subject to change at any time. A 1.23%p.a. discount applies to the Standard Variable rate. Resulting rate 4.39%p.a. Maximum LVR is 80%. Minimum new borrowings of $150,000 applies. 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