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The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014



The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Ford turns back on V8 rivalry FORD is dead according to high-level V8 Supercars officials, with Australias greatest sporting rivalry to be killed off by the end of next year. In a Bathurst bombshell delivered in the week the last GT Falcon was built, the NT News can reveal Ford are set to axe V8 Supercars from their $60 million sponsorship war chest in a move that will end the iconic Ford versus Holden Mount Panorama racing war. With the Falcon already dead and waiting to be buried, V8 officials have been told Ford will officially quit the sport at the end of the year and will not renew a multi-million dollar year deal with reigning Bathurst champions Ford Performance Racing (FPR). Ford will remain on the grid next year with FPR and Penske/Dick Johnson Racing to give the Falcon a one year stay of execution with plans already underway to turn the FGX the last Falcon into a V8 Supercar. But then the Aussie legend, forged by Ford warrior Dick Johnson, will be dead. This weekends Bathurst is shaping as the penultimate 1000km fight between Ford and Holden with Mark Winterbottom looking to continue the Blue Ovals famous Mount Panorama history by upsetting Holden great Jamie Whincup. Tavern set to be pub with no leer A POPULAR Darwin pub will be stripped of its topless bartenders and adult entertainment when new owners take over the lease. The Parap Tavern has been leased to national company the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH). The NT News understands the deal could be worth $9 million plus an estimated $1 million a year for the next 20 years. ALH, Woolworths pub business, is Australias largest hotel operator and has more than 300 licensed venues and more than 500 retail liquor outlets across the country. Neither owner Terry Dowling nor ALH group spokesman David Curry would comment on the purchase price. Mr Curry also would not comment on the future of strip shows at the venue before the settlement was finalised, but the chances of the 18+ attraction remaining were slim. We focus on family-friendly venues and no property we own or operate has strip shows or topless barmaids, he said. The Thirsty Camel bottle shop attached to the venue will be converted into a BWS. It is one of the busiest bottleshops in the Territory. Mr Curry would not comment on the business but said ALH looked for good venues in good locations. Darwin tradie Wally Murphy, 25, said he enjoyed a beer at the pub with his mates. Its an all-round good watering hole, he said. Its a good Friday afternoon place to catch up with the strippers and the TAB, a lot of blokes dont mind a look at the shows. Mr Murphy said if the strippers are taken away it could put some patrons off returning. The Parap Tavern has been owned by the Dowling family in Darwin since 1947. The Dowling family will continue to operate the Howard Springs Tavern and Winnellie Cellars. Bid to halt melon virus THE Government has put a ban on the Katherine region growing and selling watermelons to help stop the spread of a virus that could decimate the $60 million industry. Quarantine zones have been declared for three areas around Katherine after the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus was confirmed on five commercial properties. The quarantine is in place in the Venn, Edith Farms and Florina areas. It will apply to about 40 farms, although not all of them grow watermelons. It is expected the ban will last two years. Stephen West, chief plant health manager with the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, said the virus could be easily spread. Next Drive stage looms THE second and largest stage of the $103 million Tiger Brennan Drive duplication project will start next month from Woolner Rd to Berrimah Rd. The 9km project will link Darwin and Palmerston with a full double road system. The $88 million stretch will be a complex project involving blasting through rock and cutting through the man groves, said the contractor awarded the contract. Its a complex construction project but were used to delivering complex infrastructure, said Scott Power, BMD CEO. BMD is a Darwin-based company that will employ 200 people on the project, expected to end in June 2016. The NT Government is putting up $33 million. PARAP PUB OWNED by the Dowling family for over 60 years. HAS three bars, the Raging Bull Steakhouse and the Parap Cellars. Ford driver Mark Winterbottom, who is set to lose factory backing next year, goes into this weekends Bathurst race as the defending champion Picture: MARK HORSBURGH EIGHT-PAGE BATHURST LIFTOUT INSIDE TODAY STARTS PAGE 27 Authorised by Natasha Griggs MP Unit 3/266 Trower Road CASUARINA NT 0810 Your local MP NATASHA GRIGGS MP Member for Solomon ADVERTISEMENT Offce Unit 3/266 Trower Road CASUARINA NT 0810 Phone 08 8928 0180 Email natasha.griggs.mp@aph.gov.au Web www.natashagriggs.com.au To access guidelines or lodge an application contact my offce or visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/nsrf