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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 65 no. 57

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 13 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 6 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 3 C O L O R : C M Y K MOTORING CNR. DALGETY RD & NORTH STUART HIGHWAY PH: 8952 2333 1 9 2 3 0 2 /1 2 Have your vehicle serviced at any Chr ysler Jeep or Dodge dealer, or purchase over $300 in Genuine Mopa r Accessories and you can go in the draw to win.* Enter at Mopar. com.au LMVD 397 Alice Springs to Adelaide Adelaide to Alice Springs 8256 1299 for a quote 2 1 2 3 0 2 /1 2 s e Admire loves his Navara ABOVE: Admire Sibanda with his brand new Nissan Navara and his tribute to his dad. ABOVE RIGHT: 1200KW amplifiers make driving Admires Navara an allround experience. RIGHT: The car of his dreams Pictures: JUSTIN BRIERTY Troy Walsh T HE old adage that hard work pays off certainly fits for 2 0 - y e a r - o l d Admire Sibanda and his new 2011 Nissan Navara. Well, that is with a bit of help from his father Simon and the fact that he lives in Alice Springs. Admire is from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and has lived in Central Australia for two years. He said: I work as a supervisor at Red Rooster and have finally got the vehicle of my dreams, something that would have been impossible in Zimbabwe. I could never have afforded it in a lifetime, no matter how hard I worked. Alice Springs has given me everything all the privileges. For some, buying a new car might not be seen like a privilege but to Admire, it is. He has already spent plenty of time on the road in his eye-catching Barcelona Red Navara, with 5000km already on the odometer since he bought the car a month ago. He picks up his five-yearold brother Alvin from school every day. The Navara has also done a few trips to Imanpa to visit a friend, but Admire still hasnt seen very much of the surrounding area, or Australia, since he has been here. Nor has he needed to engage the Navaras 4WD yet. He has his sights set on a trip to Adelaide. Coming from the second largest city in Zimbabwe could explain his desire to get back to the big smoke. Admire does like his stereo sounding big. He has taken his Navara and set it up to make some noise. A couple of 1200KW amplifiers at the back and some subwoofers under the front seats had Chris Browns Yeah 3x booming. If you were driving it, you would have had your bottom shaking literally the reverberations were coming that strongly through the drivers seat. Admire said: It was after driving a friends Navara that I decided I wanted to get one. I did have to wait three weeks for the four-cylinder 2.5L turbo diesel Navara because of the colour I chose. Red is my favourite colour and its the colour that goes fast. Admires father helped with some birthday money to buy the $46,000 car and Admire has put a sticker on the back window that lets us know what he thinks of his fathers 20th birthday pres ent. It says: I love My Dad. ATA turns the focus on new truck laws Troy Walsh THE Australian Trucking Associations General Council meeting last week focused on the planned national truck laws and the amendments needed to make them work. ATA policy manager David Coonan said councillors debated the future of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS), stamp duty, the burden of proof under the chain of responsibility and heavy vehicle access to local roads. He said: I was able to report we are working closely with the NHVR project office as it develops the second national heavy vehicle law Bill before the Queensland Parliament. This bill has been referred to the Queensland Parliaments Transport and Local Government Committee. The ATA will be making a submission, in response to an invitation from the committee secretariat. Earlier last week ATA chief executive Stuart St Clair wrote to the chair of the committee, Jo-Ann Miller MP, to confirm the ATAs support for the inquiry. The letter followed a media report claiming the inquiry could delay the implementation of the national laws. Australias transport ministers have agreed the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill 2011 will need to be amended before it takes effect. The ministers propose to enact these amendments in a separate bill to be introduced in 2012, Stuart said in the letter. We believe your inquiry will provide a valuable opportunity for the industry to discuss the amendments. Give your tyres that vital check HIGH summer temperatures and the higher speeds we drive on Territory highways make it vital to have tyres that can cope with the harsh conditions. And, with the extra weight we carry or tow on holidays, our tyres often work harder and hotter than they do in other places and at other times of the year. Before we head off we should give some thought to what were going to put our tyres through. It cant be stressed enough that we rely on our tyres to get us safely to our destination and back again. Our lives depend on our tyres. Before you hook up the caravan, and the kids pile into the back seat, go around your car and check the tyres, and dont forget to check the spare in the boot. Check that there is plenty of tread to handle all the conditions you are likely to face on a long trip. Those sudden sum mer downpours require that there is plenty of tread on your tyres . The tread should be at least 1.6 mm deep, if its not, and the tread depth indicators moulded into the tread are visible, head straight to you nearest tyre retailer and replace them. Look for uneven wear across the tread and wear on the shoulders of the tyres. If they appear to be wearing unevenly have a wheel alignment. Inspect the side walls for cuts, nicks and other damage, and check the tread for any nails, screws or other foreign objects embedded in the tyres. Inflate your tyres to the recommended pressure, and dont forget the spare. And remember to adjust the pressure for the extra weight being carried or towed. And make sure that everything else is in order, including coolant and windscreen washing water. Troy Walsh

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