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The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 20 May 2008


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




Incorrectly numbered on first page as v. 61 no. 102; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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. 103

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2 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 0 -M A Y -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K LOTTO DRAW 2799: SUPER 66: 15, 10, 11, 28, 6, 39 Supps: 43, 9 5, 9, 9, 1, 7, 0 INDEX OPINION FINANCE TV GUIDE COMICS CENTRE SERVICES CLASSIES SPORT 8 14 15 21 23 24 28 For listings www.pickles.com.au FIXED PRICE OR AUCTION TAKE YOUR PICK! Save thousands and buy your next car at Pickles! Choose from a wide range of makes and models. We now include all the vehicles from our Darwin location-more choice! Plus every week from Monday to Friday you can buy at fi xed price instead of auction. Pick it up at Pickles! THURSDAY 22 MAY 1.00pm Trucks, Earthmoving & Plant 2.00pm Damaged Vehicles Inspect: Wednesday prior from 9.00am - 5.00pm and day of sale from 8.00am until start of sale. THURSDAY 12 JUNE 3.00pm NT Government, Fleet & Repossessed Vehicles 6.00pm Late Model, Low Km, Quality Government Vehicles PICKLES LIVE BIDDING Participate Live! For more details click on the Pickles Live link on our website 2 Brown Street, Alice Springs Enquiries (08) 8953 4290 L M V D 3 3 1 Low Kms Huge Selection Public Auction entralian Eisteddfod Councilentralian Eisteddfod Council Entries for Centralian Eisteddfod 2008 close June 1st Centralian Eisteddfod 2008 will run August 1st to August 10th Syllabus is available at Araluen, Dymocks and online at www.centralianeisteddfod.org/ All entries, including Debating 2008, must be in by June 1st 3 1 4 7 0 2 /0 8 NEWS Whats unique about our Program? Rapid but healthy weight loss No drugs, shakes or tonics No exercise required (optional) Effective for both men & women Past clients have experienced ... Increased skin elasticity Lower cholesterol levels Reduced high blood pressure Improved muscle tone FREE SEMINAR Tue 20th 6.30pm, Wed 21st 12.30 & 6.30pm, Thur 22nd May 6.30pm Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs - Grevillia Drv Room 15.1.04 - Higher Education Building Telephone Kim 0421 971 628 324702/08 Before After Tourism website snub for Centre Rebecca Lollback A TOURISM website promoting the Territory does not give visitors the option to book flights to Alice Springs. But tourists logging on to the Territory Discoveries site can book trips to Darwin through Virgin Blue and Jetstar. Tourism NT acting chief executive Rita Harding said they were working to fix the problem. She said the system was not compatible with the Qantas reservations system, and that Tiger Airways had declined the offer to become involved with the website. She said the Territory Discoveries website was being updated. People should be able to use the site to book Qantas flights to Alice Springs from July. Ms Harding said: The Territory Discoveries website was historically designed as an electronic brochure and is now moving to become truly e-enabled. Currently there are limited numbers of tourism operators who can support online bookings. The Tourism Stra tegic Plan, released last week, has identified e-enabling the industry as a key priority over the next five years. But Greatorex MLA Matt Conlan said the blunder was another example of Alice Springs being treated as a second-class citizen. He said: I am particularly disappointed that it is impossible to book a flight to Alice Springs on the Territory Discoveries website. The only destination offered under the Flight and Hotel booking service is for Darwin. That puts Alice Springs at a direct disadvantage with Darwin in the race to attract tourists. Mr Conlan said the situation should be fixed immediately. Tourism Central Australia manager Steve Rattray said he was pleased the problem had been noticed. He said: Whats happened is definitely bad for the industry and for tourism. But the fact that its been recognised as a problem is a good thing. Chris has been the public face of the Advocate Chris Kingate Carenda Jenkin FORMER Alice Springs radio host Christine Kingate, who has been the face of the Centralian Advocate for the past three years, heading south. Chris will finish up as receptionist on Friday before she heads for Adelaide. Ms Kingate said: Alice Springs is still a magical place and Im very sad to be leaving, but family seems too far away and we all get older so quickly I feel the need to be closer to them. I fell in love with this job at the Advocate, working with a great bunch of people, and have thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and meeting long-time acquaintances and old friends alike. Ms Kingate has lived on and off in Alice Springs for nearly 30 years after discovering the Red Centre town when she was a teenager in 1968. The communitys spirit is what won Ms Kingates heart. Ms Kingate said: I came back in 1969 to live and enjoyed a lifestyle Id never experienced before, with people going out of their way to be friendly and to help when things got tough, such as the year I had my Christmas holiday pay-packet stolen when Id carelessly left it exposed in a public place. The generosity of everyone who responded to Bill Barnes raffling off his watch, Denis Brown making an appeal on air (8HA) and my boss Ren Kelly donating a return ticket to Ade laide, was just overwhelming to me. Centralian Advocate office manager Marilyn Jenkins said Ms Kingates bubbly and loud personality would be missed. Mrs Jenkins said: Everyones darling or darls on the phone and she is always helpful to the regulars. Shes the face of the Advocate and the first point of contact. With her leaving, it leaves a bit of a hole. Ms Kingates position will be filled by Lindsay McClelland. These young Knit-wits are ChloeTilmouth, Isabella Whimpress, Chloe Twining and Liam Loader. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK Kids gearing up for beanie festival Daniel Burdon CHILDREN are gearing up for next months Alice Springs Beanie Festival by creating their own knitted masterpieces. At Living Waters Primary School, the Knit-wits lunch-time activity program has been running for five years. And teacher Chris Jackson is this year joined by festival veteran Kylie Brown teaching the children how to knit their own beanies in the lead-up to the festival. Mrs Jackson said the group of about 15 girls and one boy had been working hard to have their beanies ready for the festival. She said: knitting can be hard, but its great fun to do during lunchtime. Entries are flying in from across Australia for the festival, set to be even larger than last years event.