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The Northern Territory news Mon 12 Dec 2011



The Northern Territory news Mon 12 Dec 2011

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4 NT NEWS. Monday, December 12, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K powerwater.com.au | Call 1800 245 092 P O W E R A N D WAT E R C O R P O R AT I O N Discoloured water in the Darwin region Discoloured water can be linked to a number of causes one of which is the weather mixing the layers of water in our reservoir at Darwin River Dam. The deeper levels containing higher levels of iron and manganese mix with the upper levels and enter the water supply system. Discoloured water generally occurs intermittently during November to May. When it enters the reticulation system it will cause some immediate nuisance aesthetic problems but the iron and manganese can settle in water pipes and is mobilised in drier periods when increased flows are sufficient to stir it up. It may appear yellowish to brownish in the initial part of the Wet Season and reddish to black towards the start of the Dry Season. 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Offers a ts for a fixed rate loan and 1 90% p a interest rate for approved commercial applicants for Chattel Mortgage Hire Purchase or Finance Lease 2.4L petrol engine 5 speed manual Heavy duty suspension Includes genuine tray3 MITSUBISHI DIAMOND ADVANTAGE TRITON GL 4X2 $19,990DRIVEAWAY1 facebook.com/MitsubishiMotorsAustralia Darwin Mitsubishi 8946 4460 To see all of Mitsubishis great offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au comparison rate on Lancer ES and SX 11MY and Lancer ES 12MY FINANCE OFFER M t A t li ABN holders only2. Excludes govt and rental buyers. Anthonys lesson in life Anthony Baker hopes that others can follow in his footsteps I want to do this for the kids that look up tome. I had it tough at school but there are still opportunities out there THE manicured lawns of one of Sydneys poshest private schools is an unlikely place to find a ringer from the Territory Outback. But Anthony Baker , 20, has travelled more than 3300km from Borroloola, near the Gulf of Carpentaria, to St Josephs College in Hunters Hill to have another crack at getting an education. Fresh out of military training, Anthony towered over his Year 10 classmates when he started at Joeys at the beginning of this year. Since then he has ploughed through Year 11 and has just started Year 12 and the New South Wales Higher School Certificate. It is an exceptional journey for a kid who dropped out of school at 13 because he was bullied for just turning up. I was in the top 10 students that attended school regularly. I had parents that would go out of their way to get me on to the bus and to school, he said. At Borroloola School, where the attendance rate at the time barely scraped above 50 per cent, that made him different from the other kids Anthony said the bullying was pretty much a bit of everything verbal and physical. But it was when a mate stood up for him against the bullies and was beaten up for his efforts that Anthony decided to give up on school. That was the last day of school, Id had enough. he said. I decided to follow in the footsteps of my father and uncle; as long as you can read and write you can go out and start working. Barely a teenager, Anthony went bush and worked on cattle stations for five years. Then he joined the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) through Norforce, got a scholarship to St Josephs College and his life changed. The first thing you notice about Anthony is he is a good talker a delight for any interviewer. A slight prod with a question prompts Anthony into answers that you suspect will just keep going if you dont at some point gently interject. He is keen to tell his story because he senses his journey is far bigger than just him. I want to do this for the kids that look up to me. I had it tough at school but there are still opportunities out there. If I do it there will be other kids following, he said. Anthony said working on cattle stations was hot, dusty and dull. Then Norforce Warrant Officer Kevin Greaves told him about the DIDP. The program provides young Aborigines in northern Australia with education, training and life skills so they can achieve employment in their chosen field. It is a seven-month residential program at Charles Darwin Universitys Katherine Rural Campus. About 12 students a year complete the course, learning English, literacy, numeracy, computer skills, construction, horse riding, four-wheel driving, cooking, first aid, leadership skills and crosscultural awareness. Students also do military training with Norforce a branch of the Australian Defence Force that conducts surveillance and reconnaissance of the remote areas of northern Australia. Because he was still a minor, Anthony needed his parents to sign the paperwork so he could join the DIDP. It took him a week to convince them that he would not be sent to Afghanistan. Anthony graduated from the program in December 2009 as the inaugural Student of Merit. A couple of weeks later, on Christmas Eve, he received a phone call saying that he had been awarded a scholarship to complete his schooling at St Josephs College. Anthony has taken the change from the bush to boarding school in his stride. He had one setback, when they put him into Year 10 instead of Year 11. But he gritted his teeth and did an extra two hours of literacy and numeracy work with a tutor each night to get up to Year 11 level. Last term he began Year 12. Anthonys life experience is poles apart from the typical urban middle-class Joeys student but he said he did not feel left out. The boys, whether you are older or younger, they treat you equally, from the kids in Year 7 to Year 12, he said. When he graduates next year, Anthony will be 21, one of the colleges oldest graduates. From St Josephs, he plans on heading even further south to Canberra and the Royal Military Academy, Duntroon. It is a very different story for many of his peers back in Borroloola. All the kids that I went to school with either have children or are unemployed or both, he said. Many pass the day drinking and taking drugs. Only 8.4 per cent of the NTs indigenous population completed Year 12, according to the 2006 Census, while 30 per cent only made Year 8 or below putting Anthonys achievement into perspective. This year Anthony was invited to speak at The Garma Festival in Arnhem Land, a five-day forum of ideas and cultural exchange held in August. At the festival, a teacher from St Johns College in Darwin asked Anthony what needed to be done to encourage more indigenous students to stick with school. I believe it starts with pressure from parents, elders, brothers and sisters to say, if you want something in life you have to stay at school, Anthony said. 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