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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, June 20, 2012. NT NEWS. 5 GET YOUR PAPER HOME DELIVERED CALL 8944 9903 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K SUNDAY Enjoy the soulful sounds of the greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals EMMA PASK Sunday 24 June. Tickets - Call 8943 8777 SUNDAY COMING UP TERRITORY DAY STARBEQUE Sunday 1 July Gourmet BBQ LIVE entertainment Fireworks display Call 8943 8940 to book EARN DOUBLE POINTS Between 2pm & 6pm Must be present to win. NTL12/21$50,000 CASH ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Bus trip home routed Donna Hurst was taken on an 80-minute magical mystery bus tour after the bus driver got lost on the route between Casuarina and Karama and ended up in Palmerston Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Driver takes a detour A COMMUTER boarded a magical mystery bus that took a new and unusual route around Darwins northern suburbs. Public servant Donna Hursts journey home from Casuarina to Karama aboard the orbital link would usually take 12 minutes. But instead she got home after three buses, a trip through Palmerston and 80 minutes of travelling. I didnt recognise half the streets the driver went up, the mother of two said. She said the number 9 bus came before the orbital link that she was waiting for about 5.15pm on Monday. But she knew both of the buses passed near her home. She asked the driver if it went through Karama. He said no, pointed to the sign at the front of the bus and said for me to read the sign, Ms Hurst said. He also told me to catch the No. 12 bus. I asked the driver if he was stopping on Applegum Dr. He said yes and I said to him that was in Karama. Ms Hurst said the bus went through back streets in Malak and Karama toward McMillan Dr instead of along Vanderlin Dr and Calytrix St. When he drove out onto McMillans Rd I went up and asked if he was going back down Applegum and he said to me that he had told me to catch the No. 12, she said. It was too far to walk back. She rode the bus to its destination in Palmerston with another passenger that wanted to alight at Applegum Dr. The bus driver yelled out from the bus that he did go down Applegum and that I just did not see it. she said. He pulled out some map book and tried to show me where he had just been but could not find the map. He must have thought he was on the number 12 route. They eventually got the orbital link back to Casuarina and then another bus to Applegum Dr. The No. 9 bus route is the responsibility of the NT Lands and Planning Department, which last night was unable to confirm the incident. The orbital link is operated by BusLink. Lands and Planning Department spokesman Bruce Cutler said: Its being investigated to determine which bus it was. Naked fisho gets his tackle out A NAKED fisherman has shocked families at a popular Top End camping spot. The big hairy bloke reportedly stood tackle out at the front of the tinny with a line in the water as his unfazed mate navigated Hardies Lagoon. Glazer Mark Ross, 43, said his wife got a giggle when she copped an eyeful. It was a cracker, he said. One of my kids said, daddy, whys that man fishing in the nude? I guess it was wildlife, but you expect to see more crocodiles and eagles. Mr Ross, of Darwin, has been in the Territory six months. He said he was camping with wife, Teresa, their son, 6, and five-year-old daughter for the Queens Birthday long weekend. The hilarious incident was witnessed by about 20 other boaters and onlookers. Im sure he scared someone but well go back there again, Mr Ross said. We just came around the corner and saw him. The poor guy was probably getting sunburnt, in the middle of the lagoon, not thinking much of it. Mr Ross said he couldnt claim to be jealous. Mayors light rail revival Katrina Fong Lim DARWINs Lord Mayor has put a $17 million-per-kilometre light rail back on the agenda. Katrina Fong Lim tweeted getting more convinced about the value of lightrail from a national local government assembly in Canberra yesterday. There are so many benefits to the community that a light rail can bring, Ms Fong Lim said. Its not just about moving people efficiently and effectively around the city, but theres also the options about how the city might develop around that light rail corridor. A strip of land adjacent to Stuart Highway and Tiger Brennan Drive has been reserved for a possible light rail project between Darwin, Palmerston and the planned city of Weddell. But the Top Ends population will not be big enough to support light rail for decades. Forecasts say the population must be about 255,000 people until commuter rail is viable. Ms Fong Lim said: It is a big picture, big project but I wonder whether or not we should have a discussion about it. The possibility is you could have a light rail (from Darwin city) out to the northern suburbs. And are we always going to be a car-dependent city and can we make it better than that? We can ask the community as well. If were looking at the future of our city in a more holistic way for making it more walkable or sustainable we do need to be considering these options. But Ms Fong Lims predecessor, Graeme Sawyer, had been reluctant to jump aboard the light rail bandwagon. He advocated bus expressways such as in Brisbane. It can shift more people per hour than light rail, Mr Sawyer told NT News last year. And Darwin Airport has said it will need more buses and taxis by 2030 but not rail.

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