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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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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -J A N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 4 4 3 0 0 2 / 1 2 NEWS Man of great courage Bill Espie 1935 - 2011 Bill Espie BILL Espie will return to the land of his birth for the final time when his ashes are placed at the Alice Springs Garden Cemetery on Friday. From humble beginnings in Alice Springs he went on to become the highest-ranking police officer of Aboriginal descent in Australia. Chief Inspector William Espie served in the New South Wales police force for 30 years. Mr Espie passed away on September 22, 2011 in the Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney. He first left Alice Springs under the care of an Anglican Priest, Father Percy Smith, to go to St Francis House in Adelaide, an indigenous boys home. It was there that several Central Australian boys of Aboriginal descent were sent or taken to, and then went on to greater things. Indigenous leader Charles Perkins followed William Espie to St Francis House, as did Professor Gordon Briscoe, an academic and activist, and Brian Butler, a leader in Aboriginal child care, aged care and with the Stolen Generations. Some others who came through the school were artist John Moriarty and Vince Copley, chairman of Indigenous Cricket. Bill Espie completed his Intermediate Certificate and then went on to train as a maintenance fitter. In 1955, he joined the Austral ian Army, became a sapper in the engineers and was appointed a field engineer. He served at Maralinga during the atomic testing. On February 15, 1958 he married Irene Zachary. He served in the army until 1961. Sydney had become his new home when he decided to enter the NSW police force at 26. On August 14, 1961 he started his training as a police officer. He had a distinguished career as a police officer with many commendations including a Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct after rescuing two men from burning vehicles after a motor accident in March 1965. In 1971, he received a Commissioners Commendation for pursuing and arresting an armed prison escapee. He got another Commissioners Commendation in 1977 for his arrest of a man after a pursuit and capture following a fatal shooting in Cabramatta. It was not just his displays of courage that made Mr Espie so well-respected. At his funeral last September 28, former Commissioner of Police K E Moroney delivered a eulogy in which he spoke about Mr Espie earning the respect of the community he worked in. Long before the words Community-based policing became the fashion of the day, Bill Espies life skills and worldly experience had seen him well versed in the importance of effectively communicating with people of all levels. Mr Espies service, commitment and dedication while serving with the NSW police saw him awarded the National Medal for service in 1980 and the First Clasp to the National Medal in 1988. In recognition for his contribution to the community Mr Espie was given the honour of running with the Olympic torch through Bathurst in 2000. Bill Espie was born in Alice Springs on June 25, 1935. His mother Edith Espie was an Arrernte woman and his father Victor Cook was a European who had moved to Alice Springs for work. Bill Espie is sadly missed by his children Marita, William, Bettina and John, his sisters Ellen Ekberg and Peg Lake, his surviving brothers Robert Espie, Linton Espie, Eddie Taylor and John Stuart, grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces and nephews. Incomes control wasteful Sally Brooks THE Federal government has been accused of wasting millions of dollars on its income management program. Greens Family and Community Services spokeswoman Senator Rachel Siewert said 76 million dollars has been spent on the welfare quarantining measure in the Northern Territory in 2011 and 2012. Senator Siewert also said the government doesnt have evidence to show the scheme works. She said: The Government is wasting money on implementing income management when they would be better off spending that money on more meaningful assistance such as greater direct support, increasing Newstart and addressing barriers to employment. Estimates figures also show the Government is spending another $76 million in 2011-2012 implementing income management in the Northern Territory and nearly $9 million in the other trial sites. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on programs they cant demonstrate work. The money would be better spent on programs that provide genuine support and that dont punish and demonise people. But a spokeswoman for Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin defended the scheme. She said: Income management helps to protect children and vulnerable people by ensuring that money is available for life essentials, and provides a budgeting tool to stabilise peoples circumstances, helping to ease immediate financial stress. The income management scheme is part of the Stronger Futures legislation which looks set to replace the Intervention policy when it finishes in August. The Stronger Futures legislation is subject to a senate inquiry. Submissions to the inquiry close on February 1. Finke star Rick has designs on helping Steve Menzies Clockwise from left: Rick Hall, Biscuit sweater, Biscuit singlet and Biscuit T-shirt TWO-TIME Finke Desert Race champion Rick Hall has combined passion with business. He and good mate Stephen Tuff, the editor of Australian Trailrider magazine, have created Biscuit, a brand of dirt-bike inspired clothing. Mr Hall, a Finke winner in 1999 and 2002, said they were in the process of building the brand. He said: We both share a passion for Alice Springs, the desert and dirt bike racing Finke in particular. The Biscuit name comes from when I was pre-running in preparation for Finke and the guys called me Ricky Bicky and it comes from there. Tuffy is a passionate supporter of Finke even though he is based in Victoria. At the moment all the proceeds are going back into developing the business or sponsorships related to Finke. Biscuit sponsors the MLC team of young riders headed by seniors Lachlan Summers, PJ Sabadin, Tom Maher and Luke Hayes. It is also a sponsor of the 2012 Memo Club Finke Desert Race Grid Girls. One of the major projects Biscuit is coordinating is the inaugural Worlds Greatest Pre-Run with past winners of the Finke Desert Race. Mr Hall said: For $150 people will be able to camp down the track on the weekend before the big race, ride the track under the watchful eye of the champions, be fed and have a few refreshments. It raises money for the special needs kids at Acacia Hill School. The vision of the Biscuit designs is the pure enjoyment of riding dirt bikes. Hoodies, singlets and T-shirts are all proving popular with their distinctive Biscuit look. o Find more details at www.biscuit2011.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wearbiscuit

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