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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.




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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 103

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 0 -M A Y -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 5 C O L O R : C M Y K World Hepatitis Day May 19th 2008 Approximately 500 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B or hepatitis C - thats 1 in 12 people on the planet. Did you know that there is treatment for Hepatitis C? Have you been tested? The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council provides care and support, information and referral for people living with Hepatitis C. 1300 HEP ABC or 8941 1711 154702/08 2 1 4 7 0 2 /0 8 NEWS Hit man in for a chat ALICE Springs police will speak to a man about walking without due care after he stepped off the curb into the path of a car. The 48-year-old was hit on Wills Terrace about 5.10pm on Saturday. T h e 3 0 - y e a r - o l d woman who was driving the car dialled triple-0 for emergency help for the man. St John Ambulance paramedics found the man unconscious with head injuries and took him to Alice Springs Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman last night said the man was in a stable condition. Peter Spratling astride his Yamaha YZ 450cc motorbike painted by indigenous tour operator Jungala Kriss. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Body wax awaits cancer fundraiser Christopher O'Leary A FULL body wax normally is not what bike riders have in mind after competing in the Finke Desert Race. But such are the lengths local Peter Spratling will go to raise money for cancer research. He is aiming to raise $10,000 for the Challenge foundation by letting people bid for the right to tear shreds off him. Mr Spratling said: I have some sadistic mates, and they suggested that. Im hoping to have the auction at Bojangles after the race. He will turn his body smooth after his nephew Joshua was tragically diagnosed with two types of Leukemia on New Years Day. Mr Spratlings sister Suzie Martins said her nine-year-old son has both acute myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoid leukemia, which attack a childs white blood cells. She said her family, who lives in Victoria, was devastated by the discovery, but said Joshua is responding well to treatment. Mrs Martins said: He physically couldnt walk to the car at Christmas and he was down to one fifth the amount of the blood that he should have. But he is in treatment and one of his brothers is looking good for a marrow transplant. Uncle Pete is always doing crazy stuff, and I think some parts of his body should be auctioned off for a higher price. Mr Spratling said he was happy to raise money for Challenge because family is everything. Five $1m bores to be drilled at Roe Creek Alan Whyte Christopher O'Leary FIVE bores are to be d r i l l e d i n t o R o e Creeks aquifer. Power and Water area manager Alan Whyte said yesterday he wanted at least two 200m deep bores drilled into the Mereenie aquifier where the borefield draws 80 per cent of its supply by late next year. The bores will cost up to $1 million each. The purpose of the bores will be to access more water. He said the water level was dropping a metre a year, but was no cause for alarm. Between 1964 and 2008, the water level in the borefield (an area from Pine Gap to a point 22km to the south east) had dropped by 58m. Mr Whyte said: We want to drill up to five bores, and equip two with new pumps. From time to time we need to refurbish them, and as the water declines we need to drop the bores down. We estimate Roe Creeks supply is dropping a metre a year, but the speed of use has not increased dramatically. Based on what we drill theres no reason why we cant be there for another 30 years. He said Roe Creek had been supported by the switch to watering parks and sporting facilities with the town basin supply and Power and Waters conservation program. Mr Whyte could not say when the Rocky Hill borefield east of Roe Creek would be commissioned. The borefield has been earmarked to replace Roe Creek when it becomes more economically viable. Mr Whyte said: We dont anticipate problems (with Roe Creek) at this point in time. The corporation began advertising for a drill operator for the bores this month. Mr Whyte wants to have an operator by July. He said: Its really a case of getting the operator and ordering the equipment.