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The Centralian advocate Fri 3 Mar 2006



The Centralian advocate Fri 3 Mar 2006


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Community newspapers; Northern Territory; Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.); Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.); Australia, Central

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 59 no. 82

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited



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Julie gets set for big truckin' party By LEE STEHEBENS MORE than 1000 people will visit Alice Springs next year for the 50th anniversary of a rare Rotinoft truck called Julie. Julie has been away in Victoria for about four months getting paint and other finishing touches done. The fully restored truck returned to Alice Springs last week from a tour of Victoria where it visited three major trucking events. National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO Liz Martin said the 1957 Rotinoff GR7 Viscount was one of only two manufactured by English company Rotinoff Motors. Liz said the truck was taken to the shows to attract interest in the 2007 celebration, which will be held on the last weekend in August next year. National Road Transport Hall of Fame chief executive Liz Martin with the rare Rotinoff truck. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH Petrol giant buys two Tasmanias By LEE STEHBENS A PETROLEUM company now controls enough of Central Australia to roughly equal two-and-ahalf times the size of Tasmania. Perth-based Central Pet-' roleum announced last week it had paid about $8.5 million to buy 100 per cent of the shares in three companies - Helium Australia:, Ordiv Petroleum and Frontier Oil and Gas. The three companies controlled more than 80,000 sq km of land which is now in Central Petroleum's control. Before the acquisition Central Petroleum had about 85,000 sq km, which takes its land mass to about 165,000 sq km. In comparison, Tasmania is about 68,000 sq km in size. .diII Alice Springs TOWN COUNCIL The acquisitions cover land in Central Petroleum also has the Amadeus Basin that sur- interests in the Pedirka Basin rounds the Mereenie and Palm south east of Alice Springs. Valley oil and gas fields operated by Santos. Mr Heugh said the company expected to start exploration The Amadeus Basin is about drilling in the Pedirka Basin in 300km west of Alice Springs. Mayor June. Central Petroleum managing director John Heugh said: "We've practically doubled our acreages. "I believe we now have the biggest cohesive 100 per cent landholding in Australia. "It's two-and-a-half times the size of Tasmania. "We don't know of anyone else who controls that area of ground." But Mr Heugh said there was still some negotiations to do before titles were granted. The company's initial focus will be on oil but there is plans for a 10,000 barrel a day gas-toliquids plant at the Brewer Estate near Alice Springs which would employ abo\.!t 100 people. Mr Heugh said if it was feasible the plant 'WOUld be running in three to five years. But it depends on results from two gas prospects close to Alice Springs which are not up the top of Central Petroleum's current exploration targets. Cops in grog grab ~h~a~~:~~U:ll ;:'~:n~:~:~g~~I( '~~~h :~:rt C~fUt~~~ POLICE seized 84 litres of alcohol from grog runners near dry community Hermannsburg in less than three days .. Hermannsburg police officer-in-charge Gert Johnsson said the 84 litres included 77 lit res of wine and 90 cans of beer. The operation ran from 4pm Thursday to lOam Sunday. exciting community eve nt.::;;:::J?{:;\:;::r;;~:;::::" "::::::::::::::\: Test your skills and try newt.6.inJ~m~~ over 45 interactive a~;d"Jrf~:;'ftive displays and activities presented~:'~~I;~P.'orting & recreational org~?=isatr:~ns. Come and meet Olympi~'l@4J~i~~~allist Beach VOlleYballerl~~rri:::R9ttharst and join in her free VolleybaltfHnJcst.:people of all skill levels are ~n~pur@ged to come out and give it a go! \\i\\/~{j\t\. ~;);;;):\ .. ijl!ij~;;j:;.:}~j~t ,ft){ There will be fantastic g~1~:pri~~~:::~P for grabs and e~J~!~:ft~!~,::,I'~i:::: For more information abo4~:~~'~~~!~hg.ommunio/; .. ,~~V~:;~'[I;IHcil's Sport & Recreation Officer, Ms Dale McW~ton895Q9.S63Qt~m~Rtlmciver@astc.nt.gov.au ~:;~::~~dh~;;:{;:::::;:!;:;::;::::;~;~':::i::::, .. :::::1::::;=::::" Chief Execut'ive.Offi('~r Sergeant Johnsson said fbur people were arrested, seven cautioned and five adults taken into protective custody. A small amount of cannabis was also found. Sgt Johnsson said: "The elders are very pleased with the result. We haven't had a call out since then. The aim is to force the liquor out of the community." Both trucks are in Alice Springs but the other Rotinoff - Jackie has been used for parts. The two Rotinoff trucks have a proud history in the Territory. Julie was found at Jervois, 350km north-east of Alice Springs. and signed over to the Hall of Fame in 1993 while Jackie sat rusting at Quinns Rock, Western Australia for more than 20 years before being sent to Alice Springs in 2002. Liz said the restoration took five years and $100,000 to complete. Liz said NT landowner and beef baron Lord Vestey brought the trucks to Australia in 1957 after refusing to buy American trucks. The Centralian Advocate said in November 1957 that the truck was wor'th about 40,000 pounds and would carry about 100 head of cattle from Helen Springs - north of Tennant Creek - to his properties in Queensland. YOUTH GRANTS Do you have an idea for an event or activity involvingyOul1g:.i: people aged 12 to 25 years? ' ... , Grants up to $2000 are,available for Drug and Alcohol Free Entertainment and/or Youth Development/Leadership Programs held during June and July 2006. For guidelines and application forms contact the Office of Youth Affairs on 8999 3720 or go to: www.youth.nt.gov.au Applicatio'1s close 24 March 2006 Free Information Session HomeNort Is home ownership out of your reach? The Northern Territory Government is bringing HomeNorth Xtra to you! If you would like to find out how to purchase a home through the Northern Territory Government's home loan scheme join us for a free information session at a venue near you. Batchelor Resort Monday 13 Feb 06 5:30pm -7:30pm Adelaide River Library Tuesday 14 Feb 06 5:'30pm - 7:30pm Pine Creek Community Hall Wednesday 15 Feb 06 5:30pm -7:30pm Timber Creek Community Hall Thursday 16 Feb 06 5:30pm -7:30pm> Mc::itarClnkaiCommunify Hall 'Fri~Oy,l iFeb 06 ,'5:30pm-:.};;3Opm Katherin~' ~iKnotts Crossing ;::~~d~,il~:~:I~m06 Borroloola Council Chambers/Breezeway Tuesday 7 Mar 06 5:30pm -7:30pm Elliott Council Meeting Room Wednesday 8 Mar 06 5:30pm - 7:30pm Tennant Creek Training Centre Thursday 9 Mar 06 5:30pm - 7:30pm Ti Tree Town Council Conference Room Friday 10 Mar 06 5:30pm - 7:30pm Alice Springs Senior Citizens Club Saturday 11 Mar 06 1 0:00am - 12:00pm have yout69U~ht:,Q~but where you would like to live! seSSI()~:~:~v;:'::g:~~~elled due to weather condi~/ons and/or road: closures. For more information contact 8999 8372 liO Insurance & Banking Centralian Advocate, Friday, March 3, 2006 - 7

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