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02 NEWS THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 2014 CROC CAPTURES www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 0 7 8 Total prize pool $2.45mil The NT News has taken all possible care but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause SUPPS Tattslotto Wednesday 9-4-14 Draw No. 3337 38 8 16 32 41 44 21 45 NATIONAL: 14 TOYOTA is recalling almost 300,000 cars and utes in Australia alone for faults ENTERTAINMENT: 28 SAM Worthington has opened up about his mothers fight with ovarian cancer WORLD: 16 THE Oscar Pistorius murder trial was adjourned as he began to weep uncontrollably BUSINESS: 31 SOUTH Africas Woolworths has launched a $2.15 billion takeover bid for David Jones Wicking ..........................12 Your Say ........................ 12 National .........................14 World .............................15 Entertainment ..............17 Business ........................ 31 Shares ........................... 32 Comics ...........................33 Television ..................... 33 Classifieds .....................35 Racing ............................21 Weather ........................43 Fishing .......................... 43 Sport ............................. 38 GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org l OTHER INQUIRIES: email@example.com Caught! Angler: Scott Day Fish: Spanish mackerel Where: Wide of Dundee MORE FISHING: PAGE 43 Childcare cash aimed to lure Blain families FAMILIES will save about $130 a year on childcare costs from next financial year as the Country Liberals make their pitch to parents in Blain struggling under cost-of-living pressures. The early Budget announcement of a 10 per cent increase to the childcare subsidy will mean parents of children under two will save about $130 a year and about $90 for children older than two. Exact savings will depend on the provider. In its current form, the sub sidy already saves families of children under two about $1400 per year, depending on the provider. Significantly, the subsidy will extend to family daycare for the first time, making a fur ther 1000 children and their families eligible for relief. The Territory is one of the only Australian jurisdictions to subsidise childcare on top of the Federal childcare rebate. The two announcements will add another $1.7 million to the Territorys scheme, bringing its total cost to $5.7 million per annum in what has already been flagged as a tight Budget. It is the latest in a string of pre-election sweeteners before the Blain by-election, which will decide if the CLP continues to govern with a majority. Polling conducted by Labor, if accurate, shows the CLP will struggle to hold the seat in Saturdays by-election. Education Minister Peter Chandler said the announcement was about easing the family budget. This is great news for mums and dads and is among a package of measures in this years Territory budget aimed at providing immediate cost-of-living relief, he said. The scheme is open to facilities operating at least eight hours a day, five days a week for 48 weeks a year; to threeyear-old kindergarten services offering a minimum of two sessions a week for 40 weeks; and now, family daycare providers. By ZACH HOPE Ben Sobieralski and Shontelle Cummins cant hide their delight as they race a couch through the streets of Darwin to raise awareness of youth homelessness Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN PASSERS-BY and health services enjoyed festivities for Youth Homelessness Matters Day on a closed-off Smith St. The big event of the day was a couch surfing race where two and three-seaters were pushed to their limits while looking fabulous in their design. It was the Boyz from West Arnhem team from Gunbalanya that took it out over The Shak, but everyone had fun in raising curiosity and awareness of homelessness. Cecilia Sheehan from Darwin High School entered a couch with her classmates, who had called themselves Pink Flamingos. For Cecilia it was part of her Year 12 Health project, where she worked with Anglicare NT to learn about youth homelessness and take part in a fun event. We took about an hour to decorate our couch, she said. Its been a fun day. It will go towards my project, because I got involved and did something to help out an agency. Anglicare NT deputy CEO Anne Buxton said there had been a great turnout from both competitors and spectators. Lots of young people are becoming informed and asking questions on what to do about youth homelessness, she said. Racers included a mix of agency workers, and people affected by homelessness. Sofa, so good in battling homelessness Kids spear, eat stalker crocodile A GROUP of children who were being stalked by a saltwater crocodile in a remote Territory community have feasted on the animal after one of them speared it dead. Larrakia Wulna Rodney Brown, a traditional owner of Darwin, said a group of his grandchildren had seen the 3m croc while walking to a fishing spot several times in Ramingining, Arnhem Land. Mr Brown said the saltie, which they saw on Saturday, had been stalking the children for days. I made them a big croc spear out of an aluminium pole with a big joint Bowie knife and bolted it, he said. A lot of kids have been eaten by crocodiles lately. I told (my grandkids) to take it fishing just in case the croc came back. Mr Brown said the croc again reared its head near the children, ranging in age from one to 18, on Saturday. Theres lots of crocs around (the Territory) at the moment that keep the little ones away, he said. They have to be killed when they get like that. My son-in-law used the spear and killed the croc. The grandchildren ate the crocs tail. The (older relatives) ate the rest of the body, he said. Mr Brown said his family rarely killed crocodiles. Its only when theyre threatened and for food. It doesnt happen often at all, he said. Parks and Wildlife spokesman Edwin Edlund said it was legal for those native to their land to kill crocodiles and other wildlife for food. Section 122 of the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act allows for traditional hunting on traditional lands and waters by Aboriginal people. By MEGAN PALIN The Prelude to economic boon THE largest structure in the sea could be serviced entirely from Darwin, if lucrative deals are signed in the Territory. Shells Prelude floating liquefied natural gas platform will be based in the Browse Basin, off Australias northwest coast, later this year. The 600,000ton vessel will be half a kilometre long and 74 wide. FULL STORY: NT Business Review: INSIDE TODAY This is great news for mums and dads P E T E R C H A N D L E R