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2 Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY, November 14, 2012. Includes Assessment & GST Dave 0434 631 396 New Vehicles TRUCK AND BUS COURSE DSM Driver Training LR $300 MC $1500 $900HC$460MR $680HR 1 0 2 7 5 2 2 1014950 PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Every Sunday 10 am at Kormilda College Auditorium, Berrimah Rd Part of the Presbyterian Church of Australia darwinpresbyterian.org.au Minister: Rob Duncanson Ph 8945 7878 Mobile: 0413 021 716 1st & 3rd Sundays 5pm at Sattler Christian College, Sattler Cres, Fred's Pass 1 0 7 1 3 2 7 BINGO ST MARYS FOOTBALL CLUB ABALA RD MARRARA 8927 9900 JACKPOTS POKIES KENO MEALS BAR Only for members and bona-fi de guests in the company of a member 11am2:30pm & 8-10pm WED THUR FRI SUN 8pm TO 10pm 2pm TO 5:30pm 8pm TO 10:30pm 1 0 7 3 1 0 5 Nightcliff Primary Schools Jonty Beard and Zoe Bailey go through their recycling bins looking for contaminants with the help of Darwin Lord Mayor Katrina K-Fong Fong Lim Kids go eco By CLAYTON BENNETT NIGHTCLIFF Primary School students were front row for the launch of Darwin councils new recycling DVD this week. The Grade 5 pupils were selected to see the informative short film first after they demonstrated a keenness to look after the planet. The movie was debuted to coincide with National Recycling Week which runs until Sunday. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said she was excited about the DVD. It tells the recycling story, she said. It shows what happens to recyclables once we put them in the recycling bin. Grade 5 green thumb Jonty Beard said he learnt that certain items cannot be put in with recycling. You cant put plastic bags in recycling bins, he said. His classmate, 10-yearold Zoe Bailey, said she enjoyed the film and hoped that it would spread the ecology message across the Top End. It was really good, I love recycling, she said. Darwin council has committed to putting a copy of the DVD in every school across the city and suburbs and in all four council-run libraries. Pet love is crucial to our happiness PUCKER up, pooch those sloppy kisses from our fourlegged friends could be doing us the world of good. A study of pet companionship in Australia has found owning an animal offers a wide variety of benefits, from the simple pleasure of making us smile to teaching us about loyalty and unconditional love. Three-quarters of people surveyed said pets were crucial to their happiness, while almost 60 per cent told their animals: I love you. Pets fulfil a whole lot of different needs that people have they can make you happy in a million different ways, La Trobe university companion animal relationships expert Associate Professor Pauleen Bennett said. But the thing that came out of this research that we didnt expect was that a lot of people believe their pets make them a better person. They do that by modelling things like courage, dependability, tolerance, forgiveness and a lot of other qualities we want to see in ourselves. Colgate commissioned the survey as part of its Smile For Change project, where $1 will be donated to the Smith Family every time pet owners post a photo to the companys Facebook gallery. The survey found almost one in five were happy either for their pets to lick them on the face or to actually plant a kiss on their animals lips. People power victory By NICOLE MILLS The actual mapping showed nothing A GROUP of Litchfield residents stormed a council meeting to protest against the sale of a 1.6ha block in the rural area. Every seat in the public gallery was full at the meeting last Thursday, as residents expressed their outrage at the councils decision to auction the block on McAulay Rd, in Bees Creek. Protest organiser Christine Osborn said the block, which borders her property, was an important wildlife reserve. We were told the reserve, as it has come to be known, was never to be sold, she said. Nelson MLA Gerry Wood and Goyder MLA Kezia Purick were at the meeting to support residents. Mr Wood said the council had slapped an auction sign on the land after it was discussed in a confidential meeting. The land was set aside as obvious land that was not for sale, he said. If the council is making a policy to sell land, then I want to know why. Is it going broke? But acting mayor Mike Bowman said there was no paperwork to show the land was an easement, drainage reserve or wildlife corridor. The actual mapping showed nothing, he said. Mr Bowman also said Mayor Allan McKay was in error when he associated the sale of the block with funding a transfer station in Acacia Hills. I move for the sale of lot 57 McAulay Rd to be withdrawn immediately, he said. We will bear the costs of the cancellation. The boundaries of the unusually-shaped block will now be surveyed and council promised to consult all five neighbours about any future plans for the reserve. Ms Osborn said she was extremely excited by the win.