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The Centralian advocate Tue 24 Jan 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 24 Jan 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 69

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 3 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -J A N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 C O L O R : C M Y K American Legends Sales, Service, Parts & Accessories now available at Centralian motors 8952 2333 admin@centralianmotors.com.au Trailer Hire Box trailer Tandem trailer Bike trailerCar carrier trailer Ph: 8952 2333 parts@centralianmotors.com.au 2 2 3 0 0 2 /1 2 c k LMVD 397 BUSINESS FOR SALE Established - Reputable - Stylish 90K ONO Hi, Karen from Jade Ebonys here. As sad as it makes me to sell my thriving business, it is time for me to start a new adventure. I feel very strongly about the new owner/s being someone who will take pride in looking after it and am accepting offers now. If you are interested I would love to hear from you! Regards, Karen Leon 0459 112 523 4 2 3 0 0 2 /1 2 NEWS Mall driver query A MEDICAL assessment is being conducted on a 40-year-old man who drove a van through Todd Mall. Police say the man drove through the mall at speeds of up to 70km/h at 9.50am on Saturday, hitting shop signs and caus ing people to jump out of the way. Police say the man was sober at the time and are waiting for assessment results before charging him. Initial reports indicate that no one was injured during the incident. Online business help SMALL businesses are encouraged to attend an online marketing workshop being held on Monday. The Business Upskills workshop is a practical, hands-on session held by industry experts. The workshop will help develop and strengthen businesses by explaining more about online marketing, which is developing at a rapid pace. The workshop is online at www.nt.gov.au/upskills from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Registration is essential. For more information call 8999 6888. Aussie Day in Alice is world event Cameron Boon and Steve Menzies ALICE Springs will celebrate Australia Day in its distinctive multicultural tradition. Among those who will celebrate the national day for the first time here are Belle Clarke and Mark Rose from Ireland. They spent Australia Day last year in Sydney and Perth respectively and both say Alice is the most Australian place in the country. Belle said: Well both be working, but well take some time off during the day to enjoy ourselves. I was on Bondi Beach during the day last year and I went to see the fireworks at night. But now were here in the middle of Australia and I feel like Im in the real Australia, having been most other places. For those who want to start celebrating a little early, a cocktail party is on at the Chifley Alice Springs R e s o r t t o m o r r o w night. The Australia Day Awards start from 6.30pm and the Centralian, Young Centralian and Event of the Year wil l be announced. Tickets cost $35 and are available from the civic centre. The Australia Day Celebration, including the citizenship ceremony, will be at the Alice Springs Town Council from 8pm. While it looks like the mercury will hit more than 35C on Thursday there will be plenty of shady places to enjoy the big day. A couple of venues around town have de cided to have a traditional Alice Springs Australia Day pool party. One of the biggest events this Thursday will be the start of the BluesnRoots Festival at the Memo Club. M u s i c i a n s f r o m around Australia have travelled to Alice Springs to take part in the four-day festival. A lot of venues around the town will also be hosting Triple J Hottest 100 parties. The Alice Springs Running and Walking Club will have its annual Australiana morning walk on the riverbank from 6.30am. The start/finish line is the riverbank at the rear of the Town Council. For more information, check out our feature in todays paper. The 2012 Centralian of the Year will be named at a cocktail party at Chifley Alice Springs Resort from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There is considerable interest in the award this year with five nominations to succeed the 2011 Centralian of the Year Chris Wilkinson. The Young Centralian of the Year (two nominations) and Event of the Year (judges choice selected from five events) will also be announced. Special guest at the function will be inspir a t i o n a l s p e a k e r Michael Crossland. He wowed the audience at a business lunch held at Crowne Plaza Alice Springs in November. Tickets for the inaugural Australia Day Awards Cocktail Party, costing $35, are still available. n See Pages 18 and 19 Kmart all set for big spend Ted Carter KMART is set to invest $500,000 in its Alice Springs local store in the coming months. Developments include shade sails over the customer car park, a resurfaced car park and refurbished customer toilets. Store manager Ted Carter told the Centralian Advocate: We are really looking forward to the completion of the updates to our car park and customer facilities, as our customers are our number one priority and we cant wait to offer them an even better shopping experience. The community spirit in Alice Springs is inspiring and Kmart is proud to be a part of the community, and will continue to offer irresistible low prices on everyday items to Alice Springs customers in the future. Mr Carter also highlighted a change to look out for inside the store in 2012. He said: Last year Kmart offered team members the choice of wearing either their uniform or Kmart apparel to work. We are really excited to continue this initiative. Team members are able to wear their Kmart outfits with pride, and help customers with tips on the latest trends. Angela Probin outside the gutted shed yesterday Picture: CAMERON BOON Cameron Boon Blaze drama as shed blows up FIRE crews rushed to Butler Street on Saturday evening after a series of explosions and a blaze gutted a big shed. The intense heat buckled the sheds support beams, twisted the walls and cracked concrete. Firefighters are not sure what caused the blaze But they said combustible chemicals like varnish and fuel could not be ignored. NT Fire and Rescue Station Officer John Kleeman said the inside of uninsulated sheds can get hotter than 70C in the summer. He said: The shed was well alight when our crews got there. Places that have high temperatures, like the inside of an uninsulated shed, are potentially dangerous. The owners of the home, Angela and Richard Probin, and their children were away from the home at the time but neighbours made sure the familys pets werent trapped near the blaze. Mrs Probin said: The police called my son, because my husband and I were both at work. He thought it was his mates pulling a prank so he hung up the first time. By the time I got home, the fire brigade had everything under control. Whatever happened, it was pretty quick. We had petrol and that sort of stuff in the shed, but thats where everyone keeps that stuff. The last thing we expected was to have that sort of fire. I think it scared the hell out of the neighbours. She said if it wasnt for their quick thinking, the house could have been destroyed. Mrs Probin said: They ran over and turned the power off and took the electric fence off so the firefighters could get in. Two guys we didnt even know came in and let the dogs off their chains because they were only a couple of metres from the shed. Somebody could have died. She said almost everything in the shed was destroyed. The neighbours said there were big flames shooting out from the top corners in the shed. It must have been burning so hot. We were converting part of the shed into a granny flat and we had some family photos stored in there. If it wasnt for the neighbours though, wed probably be standing in the ashes of the house instead of just the shed.