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The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008



The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008


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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. 61 no. 66

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Centralian Advocate, Friday, January 11, 2008 3 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 11 -J A N -2 00 8 PA G E : 3 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS Shops fire fear MORE than 100 Alice Plaza shoppers and business owners and staff were evacuated over fears of a fire. NT Fire and Rescue answered an alarm just before 1pm on Wednesday. Acting assistant director of the Southern Region John Kleeman said the alarms had been activated due to a drop in pressure in the sprinkler system. It was all over in 35 minutes. We do get called out to quite a number of false alarms. We take every call seriously and we find out whats going on until we get there. The evacuation procedure was carried out as a precaution and it was declared safe shortly after. Street patrols learn from expert Christopher OLeary A Neighbourhood Watch expert has come to Alice Springs to train civilian community patrols. Malcolm McCuin from Neighbourhood Watch in Invercargill, New Zealand, will train Neighbourhood Watch volunteers in observational and safety techniques over three days from Sunday. Mr McCuin has been training community patrols for two years, and said: Its about people taking ownership of the problems in their areas. If they can help in anyway then thats a positive thing. People at the Alice Springs sessions will get observational exercises in which they will have to describe details of an incident. Such details include descriptions of people, including hair colour and build, and their actions. Patrollers need to be able to describe in detail incidents as they happen to aid police investigations. Mr McCuin said: They have to be on the ball and tell us all the details straight away to put in a report. Patrollers might get only a glimpse of something, but they have to get all the details. You need to know what to do because you will be using your eyes and ears for the police. Only your eyes and ears you do not do anything else. Mr McCuin said patrols were a useful way for residents to make communities safer. Stu is one of 21 new doctors at the hospital Rebecca Lollback Intern Stu Blain chose Alice Springs because it was interesting. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY ALICE Springs Hospital will soon have a team of 21 eager young doctors ready to make their mark on the medical world. The hospital this week took on five interns and another 16 will start work on Tuesday. Stu Blain, 23, is finishing off a week of orientation and will start his year-long internship on Monday. He chose Central Australia because he thought it would be interesting. He said: So far it seems fine, but Ive heard the hospital here is pretty busy. Ill start off in nursing and then go to surgery. Then I will spend six months working in the emergency department. Hopefully this will open up new opportunities for me. Everyone here seems really friendly and keen to get me involved. I will probably stay in Alice for another year or two after this I dont really have any plans. Executive director of nursing Paul Nieuwenhoven said he was pleased to see the interns coming to Alice Springs. He said: The full complement of new medical positions and interns shows Alice Springs Hospital is a choice for many medical officers looking to experience a unique working environment which also offers a broad range of experience and good support. It is also at the forefront of making roads into indigenous health challenges. Jessica Laruffa is encouraging indigenous students to apply for scholarships and cadetships. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Student Jessica sets an example Rebecca Lollback ALICE Springs university student Jessica Laruffa wants to inspire fellow indigenous people to become teachers. The 22-year-old, who is studying for a Bachelor of Education at Charles Darwin University, is encouraging students to apply for scholarships and cadetships. Jessica, the eldest of seven children, said young people in com munities should be educators to promote a positive way of thinking. She said: Im working as a cadet with DEET and its been a great experience. Ive been out on the mobile pre-schools and the children love getting visitors and are willing to learn out in the communities like Harts Range and Marla Bore. Im a consistent worker and when I tell people Ill do something Ill do it. I want to set the standard for my friends and family and make them proud. Jessica will finish her degree in Darwin mid-2009 and hopes to be a primary school teacher somewhere in Central Australia. The Department of Employment, Education and Training developed the scholarship and cadetship program in collaboration with the Australian Government. The support packages provide allowances in weekly living allow ance and books as well as tertiary study reimbursements. It also includes a paid 12-week, work-based placement for Indigenous Central Australians studying to be teachers at CDU or the Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education. Visit www.indigenousteacher.nt.gov.au for more information. Applications close January 18.

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