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The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014



The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014

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06 NEWS MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Mums brave mission in the face of struggle A SINGLE mother with Machado-Joseph disease is building beautiful memories with her daughter. Anna Lalara, 27, has been losing family to the hereditary neurodegenerative condition since she was a child on Groote Eylandt. This is normal to me, she said. Ms Lalaras brother Daniel, 29, was diagnosed with the same condition and started rapidly deteriorating about the same time as they lost their dad to the disease. In the past four years, Mr Lalara has gone from using a cane to a wheelchair. He lives with their mum Jennifer Baird at Karama, and said he wouldnt wish the disease on his worst enemy. The family moved to Darwin more than 15 years ago. Ms Lalara, whose symptoms include dizziness, choking attacks and slurring her speech, said her brother was an inspiration. Hes always got good spirits, she said. She and her daughter Jenayah, 4, have ridden ele phants and played with monkeys in Bali, and their next trip will be to Queensland. I was angry when I found out I had MJD Id just had my little girl and it was just me and her, she said. I try to block it out. Its time to start making memories with her. Shes involved with the Machado Joseph Disease Foundation a support and education agency which drew attention from three Darwin men who decided to run a marathon and raise $10,000 for the cause. Ben Lawrence, 24, Max Nicholson and Joe Herbison, both 25, will tackle a 42km run in Hawaii in December. We havent actually run that far yet because it takes about eight weeks to recover, Mr Lawrence said. But weve stepped up the training with hill sprints, 12km and 20km runs. Definitely missing junk food and lots of beer. But its for a good cause. To donate visit: give.everydayhero.com/au/ machardo-marathon By ELLIE TURNER Anna Lalara says she is making memories with her daughter. Dead pets in landfill NEARLY 12 tonnes of animal carcasses went through the towns regional waste management facilities weighbridge last financial year close to the weight of two adult African elephants. The figure was revealed in the Alice Springs regional waste management facility report for October. The dead pet you asked the vet to dispose of will end up buried in landfill. Its a combination of horses, dogs, cats, pigs, any animal that dies, said technical services director Greg Buxton. Road kill, kangaroos and that, the rangers pick them up, and youve got to dispose of them somewhere hygienic. So we put them at the back of landfill. The facility is on track to exceed last years total, with 3.7 tonnes deposited in the first quarter of this financial year. Flood of anxiety on insurance THE sale of TIO could see insurers stop offering flood cover, making homes virtually worthless. This is the fear expressed by residents of Rapid Creek and Miller homes within the flood zone. Yolande Morris home was recently included in the flood zone despite the fact she has never been flooded. During Cyclone Carlos a few years ago, we had the water come up our driveway, but we didnt lose anything in the house, luckily, she said. Weve got flood cover through TIO, but if theyre sold we could be up s..t creek. Ms Morris said she has been in the same home for 16 years, and with TIO for most of that time. Weve got the house and three cars with them. We lost one of the cars in the Carlos flood, but that was only because my hubby drove out to pull a cabbie out. They still covered us. Member for Johnston Ken Vowles said residents of Katherine were also concerned about losing flood cover. The Territory government has begun reviewing bids for the government-backed insurance agency but a decision is not anticipated for at least another week. Yolande Morris and Lydia Riddle are worried about how the sale of TIO will affect their flood cover Picture: HELEN ORR Clear decks, Dry done and dusted ANOTHER Territory dry season icon wrapped up last night. The last Deckchair Cinema session for 2014 saw dozens flock to the popular open-air theatre. The Top End has a plethora of events that take place throughout the Dry, and then closing of the Deckchair Cinema marks the beginning of Darwins wind-down to Christmas. General manager Hannah Brodie-Hall said the closure was a chance to take stock and prepare for 2015. I think next year will be bigger and better, she said Its looking like a great year for film, and weve got flicks in the Wet stating in January. She said staff felt relieved none of the late-season screenings were weather affected. The Dry kicks off with Bass in the Grass in May, followed some time soon by the Camel Cup in Alice. Back in Darwin in June, the sound of V8 Supercars fill the air at Hidden Valley as do the thumping rock concerts that go with them. The Garma festival in Arnhem Land attracts visitors from across the world. The Fringe Festival in July and the Darwin Festival in August is the annual art, comedy, music and theatre fix that Darwinites crave every year. The Beer Can Regatta in July brings out the creative side of people, to see who can come up with the most creative kind of boat using only beer cans. Alice Springs has Henley-on-Todd an annual sailing and rowing regatta held on the dry Todd River bed. The Darwin Cup Carnival runs throughout July and culminates in Darwin Cup Day on the first Monday in August. And of course, who can forget the world-famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Bring on 2015. By DAMIEN McCARTNEY Another dry season Mindil sunset Picture: NT TOURISM

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