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The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014

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THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA YOUNG Darwin woman Rojina McDonald has won a coveted scholarship to the International Culinary Centre in New York. Ms McDonald hails from McLaren Vale in South Australia, where she first began a love affair with food. My mum is a very passionate home cook and, being in McLaren Vale, I was always surrounded by amazing produce, she said. The 24-year-old ran her own gourmet cupcake business before she won a scholarship to attend Le Cordon Bleu in London last year. When she returned from London this year, she moved to Darwin to work as a chef and to do volunteer work as a public speaker. Since Ive been in Darwin Ive been a guest speaker at the YWCA Day Luncheon, Ive visited St Johns to speak to the boarders and Ive been invited out to Maningrida for a threeday workshop, Ms McDonald said. They want me to let people know anything is possible, no matter where you are. Ms McDonald said positive thoughts are the reasons shes been awarded two sought-after scholarships, both of which are only awarded to one applicant worldwide each year. I knew I was going to get them I was very dedicated to the positive outcome, she said. Ms McDonald said she plans to return to Darwin after her nine-month scholarship to use her experiences to show how dreams can be achieved with positive thinking. My goal is to make a difference and to be a good leader in the community, she said. THE Territory Government has left the door open to privatising an arm of the new Power and Water Corporation as it decides what assets could be sold to maximise cash from a new Commonwealth infrastructure scheme. The plan to split the PWC has prompted claims it would lead to privatisation, which have been repeatedly denied by the Country Liberal Government. Full-page advertisements from PWC have also stated it would remain wholly owned and tariffed by the Government. Chief Minister Adam Giles yesterday said privatising the new retail arm had not been endorsed, but neither had it been rejected. Weve never thought about it Im not saying we wouldnt rule it out, but we havent had that discussion, he told the NT News. He remained adamant the Government would not privatise the generation and network arms of the company. The retail division would be responsible for selling electricity to homes, but the Government could also still have the authority to control tariff prices. The Northern Territory Council of Social Services warned in April that it would be very concerned if down the track, the sale of a profitable arm(s) of the Power and Water Corporation was seen as a oneoff cash advantage. In SA, consumers have borne huge price increases following privatisation in 1999. The retail arm of PWC is a new construct emerging from the split, due to take hold on July 1. The CLP is analysing what assets could be sold to take advantage of the Commonwealths Asset Recycling Initiative. All states and territories have signed up to the scheme, which would provide an additional 15 per cent of the value of any public asset sold, so long as that money would be invested in infrastructure. Mr Giles wanted the community to discuss what infrastructure it would like to see. He said other than the generation and network arms of PWC no asset had been ruled in or out for sale. Labor Senator Nova Peris said it was unfair to ask the Territory to sell assets to unlock infrastructure funding. Mr Giles understood that argument, but viewed the scheme as a means to get extra value for public assets. Plugging into more money Darwin woman Rojina McDonald has won a scholarship to a culinary institute in New York after also attending Le Cordon Bleu in London and she is using her success to show young people that they can achieve anything if they use the power of positive thought Picture: HELEN ORR Two of the worlds top scholarships its the icing on the cake By COURTNEY TODD Power and Water retail arm could be put up for sale Bucketload of trouble A WOMAN has allegedly tried to hide a bucket full of drugs after police pulled her over in Central Australia. NT Police pulled over her Ford Falcon sedan on the Stuart Highway at lunchtime on Tuesday. Superintendent Brent Warren said: While members conducted a U-turn to apprehend the vehicle it has stopped, a woman exited the vehicle, allegedly in possession of a large white bucket, and attempted to hide in nearby bushes. Police will allege the bucket contained three large plastic bags containing cannabis. Police said they seized 1.4kg of cannabis and $1750 in cash. A 49-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were arrested and charged. They have both been remanded in custody to appear in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court. Bike riders epic event MOUNTAIN bike riders will be in Alice Springs this week for the Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro. Competition spokeswoman Erica Naughtin said 22 per cent of the riders were from the NT, 34 per cent from Victoria, 20 per cent from Western Australia, 8 per cent from NSW, 7 per cent from Queensland and 2 per cent from the ACT. Ms Naughtin said the competition would be tough. It will be an intense five days of riding with seven very different stages of incredible mountain biking, she said. Alice Springs residents and visitors are encouraged to come along to check out the action and encourage the riders along. The event ends on Friday with the Chifley Alice Springs Resort Stage 7. For more information visit www.ICME.com.au Vibes right for big day THE youth of Tennant Creek are in their final training phase ahead of the annual National Indigenous Vibe 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge. Event executive producer Gavin Jones said the community was getting right behind theJune 4 event. We are looking forward to providing a fun-filled and healthy day with lots of activities and learning, he said. I know the young people of Tennant Creek and surrounds are counting down to the event as well as the Vibe crew and role models. Hosted by acclaimed actor Luke Carroll, the event features a 3on3 basketball tournament, rapping and break dancing lessons, art workshops, a dance competition and a health expo, all accompanied by a backing track ofthe latest RnB, hip hop and indigenous music.