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The Northern Territory news Thu 4 Sep 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 4 Sep 2014

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2014 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Drunk attack on mother A WOMAN who drank two casks of tawny port then assaulted her elderly mother spent yesterday in the Darwin Magistrates Court cells. The court heard Theresa Milkirrinydji had since made up with her mum, who she cares for full-time. She had pushed her mother off a chair and threw a rock at her car. Prosecutor Jill Goddard said Milkirrinydji blamed her mum for getting her daughter locked up. The court heard Milkirrinydji paid her mothers bills, bought her groceries and cleaned her house. Magistrate Michael Carey told her: That was no way to treat your mother, drunk or sober. She was convicted and sentenced to one month in prison, suspended at the rising of the court on a 12-month bond. New show has the lot A NEW show in Darwins suburbs is named Freezing Hot and has nothing to do with leaving the humidity and walking into the airconditioning. The Darwin Community Arts show is performed by young disabled theatre group CemeNTstars. It is a Disability Awareness Week event at Chambers Crescent Theatre in Malak Shopping Centre at 7pm on Friday. DCA spokesman Oli Dubsky said the show travelled between reality and fantasy and from cool skits to hot dancing. Strap on your super powers, loosen up your lip synching and collect a cache of crazy characters, he said. Entry is by donation, but bookings are welcome by calling 8945 7347 or emailing mai l@darwincommuni ty arts.org.au. Darwin lures visitors but Territory lags DARWIN has recorded an 8.6 per cent spike in international visitor numbers for the year ending 2014, far outstripping the Northern Territory as a whole, which has lagged behind states. New figures from Tourism Research Australia, released just a day after it was revealed Darwin had the third highest average hotel price in the nation, show 126,000 overseas visitors arrived in Darwin compared to 116,000 for the year ending June 2013. Much of the number are business and working holiday travellers, but pure holidaymakers make up 89,000 of the figure, an increase of 5.7 per cent. But the entire Territory recorded a rise of just 1 per cent to 267,000 overseas visitors. Victoria enjoyed an 11 per cent jump in international tourists to 2.04 million; South Australia and Western Australia both improved 7 per cent to 386,000 and 796,000 respectively; and visitors to Tasmania were up 4 per cent to 162,000. Queensland also recorded a 1 per cent increase. International visitors spent $238 million in regional Northern Territory and $146 million in Darwin. By comparison, more than $6 billion was spent in Sydney, $353 million in Canberra and $131 million in Hobart. Tourism operators servicing Kakadu have been struggling, while in Darwin tourists have complained about hefty room prices averaging $212 a night. The NT News revealed yesterday the figure was the third highest in the country, behind only Uluru at one and the Whitsundays at two. Tourism Minister Matt Conlan, while pleased with latest Darwin visitation figures, said Tourism NT was asking hotel operators to change the way rooms are priced throughout the week and urging them to develop more touristfriendly packages. Governments cant dictate to hotels what to do, however Tourism NT encourages hotels to set aside rooms for the leisure market, he said. Elan Soho hotel, for example, has recently set aside 25 per cent of its new 301-room hotel for the leisure market, which is great news. A YOUNG flying fox has been rescued after getting himself into a tangle in the rural area. The black flying fox flew into a barbed-wire fence overnight and was luckily spotted by a local woman. Territory Wildlife Park assistant curator Damien Stanioch and nocturnal house supervisor Petra van den Berg saved the bat. The flying fox managed to entangle its wing on the barbed wire fence, Mr Stanioch said. We managed to carefully untangle him from the fence before feeding him a special nectar mix via a syringe to rehydrate him. The little fella was later taken to the Territory Wildlife Park to be examined by supervising vet nurse Trine Kruse. The bat had damage to its wing membrane, which Mr Stanioch said would heal with some cage rest. It is likely to be released next week after a vet gives it the all clear. Mr Stanioch said under no circumstances should anyone attempt to help or free a bat caught on a fence. Instead they should contact the Parks and Wildlife 24-hour wildlife callout line on 0401 115 702 or Wildcare on 8988 6121. Bats tend to get a bad rap but they play a vital role in our ecosystems, essentially keeping our environments health by pollinating flowers, dispersing seeds and controlling insect including agricultural pests, Mr Stanioch said. Bats tangle with fence shows benefit of wildlife call-out line Assault accused refused bail A FISHING guide was outraged that he was charged with aggravated assault for flicking a can at his daughter. Neil Roy Harvey, 43, has been arrested twice in the past week and Magistrate Michael Carey yesterday refused to release him a second time. I gave you bail (on Tuesday) and you went and reoffended, Mr Carey said. Harvey said he went to his daughters house where everything I owned was thrown out in the front yard and covered in dog shit. She wouldnt pick it up so I went to do it, he said. Harvey said he flicked a can and it hit her (his daughter) by accident before realising he had been charged with aggravated assault and breach of a domestic violence order. An injured black flying fox at the Territory Wildlife Park after being rescued Picture: ELISE DERWIN Neil Harvey has been charged with assaulting his daughter By COURTNEY TODD YESTERDAY'S STORY Apology In the Woolworths catalogue, on sale Wednesday 3rd September 2014, the Rafferty's Garden Fruit Snack 128g on page 30 has been advertised with the incorrect save. The correct save is save from $1.78. Also, the Bulla Everyday Multipack Pk 8-14 on page 22 has been advertised incorrectly. This product is not on the Every Day Saver program and is on special at $4.00 for one week only until 9th September 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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