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8 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 6 -F E B -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex MooneyRex Mooney Chief Executive Ofcer A town like Alice p g p Australia Day, residents will As part of Clean Up domestic and green waste tobe able to deliver d reen Waste Processing 'acility the -andkll and (r 3oad '3&& of charge only onon Commonage 3 a Day - Sunday 3 March 2013.Clean Up Australia s to all vehicles (including This offer applies l or domestic vehicles).utility, commercial attresses, white goods, tyres,No televisions, ma ete or commercial waste willdemolition, concre more details please call thebe accepted. For landkll on .landkll on P AUS53A-*A DA: C-&A/ UP D'*-- 0''&3-A/ COMMUNITY NOTICE NEWS Real man versus wild John Howe hopes to beat a longstanding record when he undertakes the 379km run across the Simpson Desert Picture: SUPPLIED Steve Menzies ULTRAMARATHON runner John Howe is to challenge a 15-year-old record by running across the Simpson Desert. Pat Farmer, probably one of Australias best-known endurance athletes, was the inspiration for Johns record attempt. Farmer set the record in January 1998, beating the time he had set two years earlier. The 379km route from Alka Seltzer Bore to the Birdsville Hotel takes in two states and the Northern Territory, and crosses more than 1000 sand dunes. Howe plans to eclipse the former record of three days, eight hours, 37 minutes and eight seconds of nonstop running. I have done the work so it is just a matter of getting out there now, he said. A lot of people have run the route but not nonstop. Running nonstop is the hard part. I have been getting up at 1am and doing training then going to work and then doing more training after, so I am getting a couple of hours sleep a night. That should be good training. Howe will have a support team of about 20 people in up to 10 vehicles to make sure nothing goes askew during the run. He said it was important to have a support crew of that size as they are not able to drive 24 hours a day. Howe is no stranger to running long distances, with plenty of marathons and ultramarathons as well as several 100km-plus ultramarathons under his belt. Few others have enjoyed the experience in this elite sport. In 2011, and after nine days, Howe was leading the 660km Simpson Desert Ultramarathon by more than three hours when, for safety reasons, the event was cancelled owing to fires breaking out in the arid desert ahead of them. It was during the emergency dash to the western side of the desert that Howe decided he had to come back but this time it would be with Pat Farmers record in his sights. It will be no easy task at this time of year, as daytime temperatures could well be in excess of 40C and over 60C down on the baking red sand, he said. On top of gym sessions in heat and altitude chambers, I am currently running in excess of 270km per week in preparation. Growing up, Howe competed in many sports, mainly cross-country and mountain running, track and field events and pole vault. He raced A-grade motocross and supercross and spent some time in the US at the Olympic training centre in Lake Placid and competing in luge. More than 20 years experience and five years of stringent planning and preparation have him well-placed to achieve his goal. Howe trains extensively in the areas around the Hawkesbury region, northwest of Sydney where he lives with wife Tina, daughter Hayley, 7, and son Hayden, 5. A volunteer group will head to Central Australia next month to accompany Howe on his three-day desert run. More youth funding Sally Brooks THREE organisations running youth programs in remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia have received another round of Federal Government funding. The MacDonnell Shire Council has received $4.5 million for the delivery of youth development services in nine communities between the years 2012 and 2014. N P Y W o m e n s Council has a Youth in Communities program in four communities, and has received $2.34 million for its work for the same two years. The Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation has been funded $667,000. The money has been awarded as part of a $100 million contribution, which is part of the Stronger Futures legislation. Indigenous Affairs M i n i s t e r J e n n y Macklin said that a recent evaluation of Youth in Communities showed a 50 per cent increase in participants in the program in the past year. This is a terrific program that is helping to transform young lives in the Northern Territory, Ms Macklin said. We know this program is not only popular with young people in remote communities, its also having a really positive impact. The evaluation of the program shows that participants are more engaged at school and with their peers, they are involving themselves more in cultural programs, sport and leadership activities, and are b e n e f i t i n g f r o m higher self-esteem. Popular cafe is back in business Nicolas McClintock at the refurbished cafe at the IAD Campus Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY A WELL-KNOWN Alice Springs cafe that also provides indigenous training reopened under new ownership this week. Graynic Training Solutions has replaced Kwerralye Cafe at the IAD Campus, and owner Tim McClintock said they will now help teach a variety of other courses not just hospitality. They were fantastic courses before but they werent accredited, he said. Training has to be accredited nationally so people know they are getting a certain level of competency. Courses to be taught at or in conjunction with Graynic Training Solutions will include the Certificate III in Business Studies, numeracy, literacy and IT courses. The training will be done through IAD as our registered training organisation, he said. Once they get to a specific component, whether that be customer service or money handling, they will come into the cafe to gain practical experience. But Mr McClintock wants to assure loyal customers that the quality of food will remain the same. I was the business manager for Karen Sheldon in 2011, and I was responsible for building this cafe, he said. Ive re-employed the same head chef, Keang, who I hired in 2011, so it will be the same quality of food. The popular cafes menu will include homemade sweets, gourmet salads, biscuits, pies, sausage rolls and quiches. As part of the renovations, Mr McClintock has increased the seating capacity from 50 to 75 people and added a 100-seat function room. Graynic Training Solutions will also be providing catering for parties, and bulk cooking for remote Aboriginal communities supervised by nutritionists.