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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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8 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K 20 FISHERMANS WHARF, FRANCES BAY PH: 8941 4488 FISHERMANS WHARF, FRANCES BAY PH: 8941 4488 OCEAN TROUT SKIN ON ........................$22.50PK FRESH GOLDBAND SNAPPER FILLETS ..$29.90P/KG 1 1 0 0 2 7 4 FRESH LIVE SA MUSSELS EVERY MONDAY AND FRIDAY. NEW SEASON FRESH WILD BARRE FRESH THREADFIN SALMON Problems setting up your new TV, Hi-Fi System or adding it to your wireless network? Call New Age Electronics TODAY Experts in Home Entertainment New Age Electronics service and repair TVs, Hi-Fi DVDs and Microwave Ovens Established since 1986. Ph: 08 8948 1755 1/21 Delatour St. Coconut Grove 0810 newage1@bigpond.com 1 0 3 3 4 7 9 Superior Service NEWS 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 ntnews.com.au Pay back $30,000 a year or youre going to jail By MEAGAN DILLON Woodhead A TERRITORY cricket identity who spent nearly $100,000 of government money after it was accidentally put in his bank account will go to jail if he doesnt make repayments of $30,000 a year. Former NT Cricket Associ ation president Trevor Woodhead, 47, was sentenced in the Supreme Court to nine months home detention. But Justice Jenny Blokland said his actions were a crime against the taxpayer and ordered him to pay full restitution. Justice Blokland said if the money wasnt returned to the NT Government in three years he would go to prison for four months. The NT Department of Construction and Infrastructure inadvertently trans ferred $91,000 to Woodhead Consultants owned by the offender instead of architects Woodhead Pty Ltd. The latter business was tasked to do work on seven remote Territory schools. But Mr Woodhead spent most of the cash on an outstanding tax bill. Justice Blokland said that the theft was a crime against Territorians because the money was intended to improve conditions in the broader community. She said Woodheads two biggest clients the NT Government and the Commonwealth Government had since pulled their con tracts with his company. His damaged reputation will affect his business, Justice Blokland said. She said Woodhead had made valuable contributions to the community, efforts that had not been helped by the misappropriation of public funds. $82m GST cash boost By NIGEL ADLAM HE SAID IT DELIA LAWRIE Treasurer This revenue stream is vital, as we face significantly higher costs than other jurisdictions WESTERN Australia has failed to get revenge for the Ichthys gas heist by pinching GST money off the Territory. WA Premier Colin Barnett wanted his state to get back at least 75c of every tax dollar it raised. This would have meant the Territory which gets $5.44 for every GST dollar in recognition of the tyranny of distance and the large indigenous population received millions of dollars less from the Commonwealth Grants Commission. But the commission yesterday announced that the NT would get $82 million more next financial year. This is not as good as it sounds the increase is barely enough to cover increased costs and population growth. And the rise may not materialise if the national GST kitty falls because of the economic sluggishness down south. But it is not the mass ive reduction feared by some economists. Treasurer Delia Lawrie said: The Territorys high expenditure needs and limited ability to generate revenue from taxes means that GST makes up about twothirds of overall revenue. This revenue stream is vital, as we face significantly higher costs than other jurisdictions in delivering essential services to remote areas and our large indigenous population. Karen Forde, from Litchfield Shire Council, has adapted feral dog traps into feral pig traps Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Traps out for rampaging pigs By NICOLE MILLS TRAPS have been deployed in Litchfield Shire to combat the growing number of feral pigs. Council regulatory services manager Karen Forde, 32, designed the ingenious cages, which are a modified version of a dog trap. Instead of a drop-down door, we have a push door so the pigs can get in but cant push back out, she said. Its a bit of a trial. A pack of pigs can be aggressive. Ive been chased by plenty. The council has set only one trap and has not caught any pigs yet. Captured pigs will be put down and the meat given to butchers for pet food and used to bait other pigs. Horse feed and water is being used to attract the pigs but tastier potatoes will soon be on the menu. Feral pigs can grow up to 100kg and usually travel in sounders. They have been known to attack people and pets, and often destroy crops. One Top End resident reported 21 on their property. Hideout a last resort A CASUAL worker allegedly stole $15,000 in cash from his Top End employer and was caught at a nearby holiday resort. He allegedly bought drugs, gadgets and clothes with the money, and police caught up with him at the Freespirit resort in Pinelands, near Palmerston. The man, 24, was in Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday charged with stealing and dangerous drug possession. He worked at a Knuckey Lagoon business, which has not been named. The boss rang police on Tuesday with allegations. Kiwi chef dies in fall THE man who plunged to his death down a Darwin cliff-face was yesterday named as a Kiwi chef. Alan Meek, 29, had been in Australia for eight months. His body was discovered by police at the bottom of The Esplanade cliff on February 6. His sister Tarena had reported she had not heard from her adventureseeking brother for several days. Police have ruled out foul play. He is believed to have been camp ing when he fell. His father Bruce said his only son had loved the outdoors from an early age and enjoyed camping and rafting. He said Alan had loved travelling.

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