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Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012



Sunday Territorian 23 Dec 2012


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday, December 23, 2012. Sunday Territorian. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Shipping Containers FOR SALE OR HIRE P: 8984 3244 M: 0448 036 492 E: dpalmer@anlcontainers.com.au W: anlcontainers.com.au 13 Berrimah Road BERRIMAH NEW & USED 1 0 5 5 5 7 0 Ideal for: Storage, Sheds, Cool Rooms & Accommodation All Sizes: 6 8 10 20 40 & 46 Refrigeration Units and Insulated Containers Bushwhacked Perhaps life from another planet hasmade it to Darwin. Car with the numberplate ALIAN seen getting around town sundayterritorian.com.au Bushranger NEWS Ph: 8944 9767 Email: sunday@ntnews.com.au SKELETONSTAFF PENSIONER Roger Miller asked for his free appointment at Palmerstons dental clinic and was given a date in 24 months time. Ill probably be dead by then, he says. DEFENDANTS AHOOLIGAN A MAN in Darwin Magistrates Court on Tuesday was named Jason Aaron Abraham Hooligan he was charged with aggravated assault and carrying aweapon. CROCS SWEDETOOTH OLIVER Gee from Sweden wrote to the Sunday Territorian to ask an interesting question: Which type of tourists do crocs most usually eat? I have a feeling it might be Swedes or, possibly, Germans, judging by the usual headlines. Can you provide me with some statistics to settle a bet here in Stockholm? FALLENONHARDTIMES ALICE Springs councillor Steve Brown has survived two great dangers. First, he was found not guilty by a council kangaroo court for calling the Arid Lands Environment Centre enviro-Nazis. And then he fell 7m off a ladder. The electrician broke a foot and compressed his spine and hips. It bloody hurts, he says. IM IN LOVEWITHALICE MORE on Steve Brown: Arid Lands Environment Centre head Jimmy Cocking says the councillors attack implied he was some kind of blowin Nazi. Ive lived in Alice for five years, he says. I realise that it will never be long enough for some people, but I love the place. YOURPLACEORMINE? DARWIN Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim and Palmerston Mayor Ian Abbott scheduled a meeting but Katrina went to Ians office and Ian went to Katrinas office. They ended up chatting on the phone. SHREKS JURASSIC LARK SHREK the cranky croc has been put in a special enclosure called the Jurassic Pond at his new home in a Port Macquarie zoo. Crocodylus Park owner Grahame Webb says Jurassic is an appropriate name because the number of species exploded during the Jurassic period of Earths history. FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS FAILED CLP election candidate Rebecca Healy has accused her local newspaper, the Tennant & District Times of supporting Labor, even though the late owner Chris Afianos was a staunch CLP supporter. She says the paper, now run by Chriss daughter Jasmin, has given Labor MLA Gerry McCarthy free rein to go on a rant about issues he has no clue about NT Government spending cuts, electricity price hikes, that sort of thing. But didnt Rebecca attack the CLP Government on exactly the same thing only twoweeks ago? LEFTRIGHTOUT? LUKE Gosling wont have it all his own way when trying to be nominated as the Labor candidate for Solomon at the next federal election. Some party moderates dont like him partly because hes close to left-wing senator Trish Crossin and two other people are expected to nominate. Oil spills after dredger hit By ALYSSA BETTS THERE was drama on the seas yesterday when an auxiliary boat punched a hole in the side of a dredger doing work for the Inpex project in Darwin Harbour. The puncture in the trailing suction hopper dredger the Volvox Terranova caused a fuel spill. Darwin Port Corporations Melissa Reiter last night said the company involved Van Oord reported that only about 40 litres was spilled. She said it refused the ports offers of help to clean it up. Van Oord was not contactable yesterday. Inpex spokesman James Clothier said immediate action was taken to contain and clean up the spill. The majority of the release is believed to have been contained on board, he said. Both boats belong to Van Oord and the collision happened about 3.30pm. An industry source told the Sunday Territorian it could cost the project hundreds of thousands of dollars in delays and fines for failing to meet dredging targets. They also said the small amount that was reported spilled belied the potential for disaster. If it has punctured a fuel tank, which is designed to hold hundreds of thousands of litres of fuel or oil, what would the consequences have been if that tank was full or had have been ripped open more? they said. They said the incident sug gested there were systematic problems with the project. The crash comes less than a week after another serious mishap involving dredging gear for the marine supply base, a separate project. A three-year-old boy was left with life-threatening injuries after the boat he was in hit the dredging gear at 8.30pm last Sunday. Mr Clothier said yesterdays incident was minor and an investigation was under way. The Transport Department oversees the Marine Act. Spokesman Martin Bennett last night said Van Oord had not yet provided a report. On June 11 when the dredging contract was awarded, Van Oord announced it was worth C=567 million. Burning issue SOMEONE out Howard Springs waywanted tomake sure motorists were fully prepared for theMayan apocalypse on Friday. Fortunately no zombies put in an appearance. Marketing and economics student Jemma Sneddon has no concerns about Australias finances Figures add up perfectly for cluey stunner By CONOR BYRNE THE so-called edge of the fiscal cliff does not worry NT uni student Jemma Sneddon. The 21-year-old part-time marketing and economics student thinks Australias finances are in good enough shape. She said: I think weve got our feet in a fairly nice position. Were pretty set. Her next project is to get stuck into the stock market. Ive just inherited some shares so that might encourage me to do something in that area, she said. She also has an objective view on the whopper power and water price hikes. I think its a little bit ridiculous, she said. But in the grand scheme of things, what are you going to do? In 10 years the company would be screwed and were going to have to pay for it then. When shes not studying at Charles Darwin University, she is working two jobs. One is administration work for a data company, and at weekends she does marketing work for the Deck Bar. I work by myself so I need to have people contact and make friends, she said. But she says her ideal job would be copywriting for an advertising agency. Teen flung from bike takes slide A TEENAGE girl was flung from the back of a motorbike as it travelled at speed down a Darwin road. The 16-year-old was lucky to escape with minor injuries after she fell off the bike and slid along McMillans Rd in Marrara, about 7.30pm on Friday. Watch Commander Debbie Gabolinscy said the bike was travelling at 75km/h when the accident happened. The driver was changing lanes and he leaned one way and the passenger leaned the other way, she said. Fortunately, she only suffered minor abrasions. Senior Sergeant Gabolinscy said the driver did not do anything wrong. But she said the accident should serve as a warning to anyone on a motorbike to have protective gear on.

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