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The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

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22 NT NEWS. Saturday, September 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : C M Y K SATURDAY EXTRA 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 Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin www.darwin.nt.gov.au Darwin City Council Brendan Dowd Chief Executive Officer Community Grants Program Darwin City Councils Community Grants Program provides up to $100,000 for community projects that directly benefit the Darwin community. The funds are distributed in two rounds of funding. Submissions are now invited from community organisations for funding of community projects occurring in the first half of 2012 (1 January 2012 30 June 2012) through the second round of the 2011/2012 Community Grants Program. Applications for funding of up to $10,000 will be assessed as Council aims to support the greatest number of programs and organisations possible. Program guidelines and funding application forms are available from Darwin City Council website www.darwin.nt.gov.au If you cannot access the guidelines or application form, please telephone 89300645 or email communitygrants@darwin.nt.gov.au to organise an alternative format. Only organisations incorporated under the NT Association Incorporation Act or not-for-profit groups sponsored by an organisation incorporated under the NT Associations Incorporation Act are eligible to apply. Applications close Friday 14 October 2011 M G 1 0 0 6 0 9 M G 1 0 0 6 1 7 Firies at Ground Zero NT firefighters Peter Simon, Edmund Flint and Dave Lines stand in front of The Sphere, at Battery Park, Lower Manhattan. The Sphere was a sculpture that was in the foyer of the World Trade Centre, on 9/11, and now is a public art piece A group of Territory firefighters visited Ground Zero this week. They spoke to PAUL TOOHEY SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, saw 343 New York firefighters killed in just 100 terrible minutes. For a group of 19 Territory firefighters, visiting New York to attend the World Police and Firefighter Games, and to stand with their comrades on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, that figure can be put into stark context. The Territory Fire Service, all told, has about 200 members, including volunteers. Firefighters Edmund Snow Flint, David Lines and Peter Simon, visiting New York, have felt for themselves the enormity of the loss the FDNY suffered. Its more real here, thats the thing, Mr Lines says. Going and seeing that hole in the ground (at Ground Zero), knowing that 343 firies went down and were never coming back, along with the police, Port Authority guys and the poor civilians. Its more emotional than I thought it would be. It hit me pretty hard. I realised I was looking at a big gravesite. I didnt like being there, actually. Coming from a relatively small city, the Darwin-based firefighters are not immune to carnage or trauma. Mr Flint, who has his own young children, was the firefighter who carried deceased child Nicholas Middis from his Leanyer home last year. But 9/11 was like nothing else. Some New York firehouses virtually lost whole shifts in the terrorist attacks. Guys here got tired of going to funerals, Mr Simon says. It was pretty soul-destroying. Many of the firefighters who served as first responders on 9/11 are now out of the FDNY, having suffered the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder, illness from the massive dust clouds, or walked away because they had lost most of their mates and the job no longer felt the same. Many remain. All keep alive the memories of those who perished when the two towers collapsed. Most New York firehouses have shrines to the fallen. Mr Lines says the Territory firefighters have been welcomed in the New York firehouses. With firies especially, it doesnt matter where you go. I can walk into any firehouse, anywhere, theyll welcome me like a brother, he says. Same for them if they come to us. Firefighters occupy a unique place among professions: just about everyone likes them. Being in the fire service, whenever you turn up to a job, youre there for positive reasons, to cut someone out of a car or to put out a fire, Mr Simon says. Our brand, our career, has a very positive vibe, and people dont give us grief. That is also one of the reasons New York, and the world, took the deaths of the 343 firemen so hard. Almost all of them who went into the towers to save citizens knew the risks. It was bravery on a scale perhaps never seen before. The New York firefighters have been left off the guest list to the official 9/11 ceremony, after it was decreed only families including widows of firefighters would attend. They mostly are commemorating the event at their own firehouses. The Territory crew has been invited to a firehouse on the Upper West of New York, on the 10th anniversary, for a service and a barbecue. Weve been welcomed by the firies and the local people, Mr Flint said. September 11 will be a big day. The Territory contingent will not need to pay for extra luggage for trophies from the Games. The event was thrown into disarray with Hurricane Irene. They picked up a few medals in the pool and got a thanks for participating certificate in Gaelic football. Itsmore emotional than I thought it would be. It hit me pretty hard. I realized Iwas looking at a big gravesite. I didnt like being there, actually