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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. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-DGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K sundayterritorian.com.au NEWS Town puts plans in swing for new golf course to be best in Oz By NICOLE MILLS KATHERINE could have the best nine hole golf course in the country after plans for a major overhaul of the remote course were finished. Katherine Country Club general manager Frank Dalton explained the flat and uninteresting course was set for a facelift with the help of world-renowned Queensland golf-course designer Graham Marsh. Weve just got the plans back, he said yesterday. Weve got a long way to go but its very exciting. Stage one of the 10-year project is to redesign the existing nine holes to make them the best nine holes in the country. It will include lakes and dams to catch wet season rains and minimise water bills. They will then expand the course to 18-holes. Mr Dalton said the expansion would cater to locals and tourists and would support his grand plan for the Territorys first golf academy for remote communities. As you would know AFL is the dominant sport out in communities, he said. Work on the new course will start in January with the installation of a bore. The Katherine Country Club used to have an 18-hole sand scrape course but it was replaced with nine greens. The land from the old 18-holes will be used in the redevelopment. Calm before Chrissy chaos Six-month-old Bridie McDaid is all tuckered out from last-minute Christmas shopping. Right, Shadi Segokgo from Dunmarra Roadhouse with daughter Tshepang finishing off shopping that will cover family and friends here in Oz as well as Botswana Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI By ALYSSA BETTS THERE was no sign of Christmas rage or ill-will among trolley pushers at Darwins Casuarina Square yesterday, contrary to widespread expectations. It is possible most thought the last Saturday before Santas arrival would be bedlam and so gave the anticipated jam a wide berth. That worked out well for Shadi Segokgo, 39, who with her husband Gary Frost, 62, runs Dunmarra Roadhouse. She and her daughter Tshepang, 22, of Nightcliff, were shuttling boxes and boxes of presents and Christmas goodies back and forth from shops, Christmas wrapping points, and the carpark. The pair reckoned they had spent $3000 so far on Christmas prezzies. Theres the whole family and kids, and family friends, and back home send money back home, Tshepang said. Were from Botswana. Luckily, Shadi has already done the Christmas dinner shopping, ordering everything to be delivered from Katherine. She will be cooking for about 20 or 30 people on the day for people from nearby stations. Meanwhile, six-month-old toddler Bridie McDaid was a picture of Christmas cuteness, all tuckered out in her trolley and undisturbed by the sea of shoppers and noise. Auntie Lauren Akerman, 25, of Malak, was babysitting while Bridies parents were doing last-minute bits and pieces, before jetting off to England today to spend Christmas with one side of the family. Lauren, who hails from south London, will be staying in Darwin for her first-ever hot Christmas. It feels a bit weird. But Ive had too many cold Christmases, she said. I dont like being cold, so I dont miss it. The civilised scenes at the busiest shopping space in the Territory may well be the calm before the storm. Retailers are expecting a last-minute flood of festive shoppers looking to fill stockings and larders before Christmas Day hits. Australian Retailers Association figures suggest 29 per cent of Australian shoppers will leave it until this weekend to buy their presents, while 12 per cent of all Australians expect to finish their shopping in the nick of time on Christmas Eve.