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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, May 3, 2011. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul 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 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 NEWS Wadeye goes gas Rob Knight THE Territory Government is set to spend $17 million building a new natural gas plant in the remote community of Wadeye. The money will be included in the Territory budget handed down today. Essential Services Minister Rob Knight said the diesel station presently servicing the community was not cost effective. Burning 2.5 million litres of diesel is expensive and dirty, he said. Mr Knight said the new power station would save more than $12 million and cut carbon emissions by 57,000 tonnes. Opposition spokesman John Elferink said he welcomed any improvements. But you have to remember, that is a $17 million spend for the people of Wadeye that will not get spent somewhere else, he said. $38m roads, transport boon Gerry McCarthy THE Top Ends booming developments have seen a Budget kick of more than $38m for better roads and public transport across Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield. Construction Minister Gerry McCarthy said it was important to have people getting to and from work quicker and more safely. We hope to provide better traffic flow and improved safety for pedestrians, he said. $1.7 million will also be invested in improving our public transport system across Darwin and Palmerston, including new bus bays, bus shelters, and better communication for passengers. He said with homes for up to 15,000 people in Palmerston being built over the next five years, investments to support population growth would include a $6m upgrade to Jenkins Rd for the development of Weddell. Hed killed before Darwin childcare worker Raechel Betts leg was found washed up on a Victorian beach Guilty plea for bath murderer By PAUL ANDERSON HE SAID IT GEOFFREY Nettle Supreme Court Justice You have pleaded guilty to themurder of Raechel Betts. I now convict you of that offence THE man who yesterday pleaded guilty to the murder of Darwin childcare worker Raechel Betts had killed twice before, court documents reveal. In light of the Supreme Court guilty plea made by John Leslie Coombes, it can be revealed he had twice been convicted of murder and jailed but was released before he killed Ms Betts in August 2009. According to Coombes rap sheet, he received a life term in December 1985 for one of the murders. In April 1990 he was granted an 11-year minimum term. For the second murder he was ordered, in April 1998, to serve a 15-year term with a 10-year minimum. Yesterday morning Coombes, 56, stood in the dock of the Victorian Supreme Court before Justice Geoffrey Nettle. When asked how he pleaded to the charge of murdering Ms Betts, he replied: Guilty, Your Honour. The murder case had been booked in for a trial expected to last several weeks, but Coombes decided to change his plea during a morning of pre-trial argument. Relatives of Ms Betts were in court to watch Coombes, dressed in jeans and a black shirt with reading glasses hanging around his neck, plead guilty. Only moments before, defence barrister David Moen told Justice Nettle: Ive taken instructions from my client. My client will enter a plea of guilty to murder. Ms Betts grew up in Darwin and worked here in the childcare industry before moving to Victoria. Her relatives, who have been in court for every one of Coombes appearances, seemed relieved. Justice Nettle told him: You have pleaded guilty to the murder of Raechel Betts. I now convict you of that offence. Coombes told Justice Nettle he admitted a list of prior convictions, then was remanded in custody to reappear on June 24. Coombes strangled Ms Betts and dismembered her with knives in a bathtub at a Phillip Island home. It had been alleged it took Coombes several attempts over 24-hour period in August 2009 to dismember Ms Betts body. Her body parts were placed in plastic bags and thrown off a pier at Newhaven. One of Ms Betts legs was found washed up on a Phillip Island beach. Power belongs with police Vince Kelly THE Territory Police Association has slammed suggestions to give security guards more powers to deal with renegade asylum seekers in detention. The associations president Vince Kelly said increased powers belonged with the police. I think that politicians forget that police forces are highly accountable and the private security industry simply is not, he told ABC. The Northern Territory police and the Australian Federal police have oversight, both externally and internally. He said he thought most people in Australia would reject the suggestion. The call came after federal opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said his party wanted to empower private contractor SERCO to enforce a code of conduct. Chefs go for gold JUNIOR Masterchefs, this is your moment. Young chefs are being called to test themselves against their peers and compete in the Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award for 2011. Apprentice chefs under the age of 25 are invited to enter. Entries close on Friday, May 6, in teams of two. Winners will have the opportunity to represent their region at the National Final in Sydney in September. The Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award is the longest running and only annual competition that tests culinary cooking skills at a regional level, right through to a National Final cook-off. This year, the two finalist chefs named the national winners will be awarded an international travel training prize worth $15,000 to advance their culinary careers. DAMIEN McCARTNEY City education best Noel Pearson INDIGENOUS leader Noel Pearson says that children from remote communities may have to move to big cities if educational outcomes are to improve. Mr Pearson, the head of the Cape York Institute, told the ABCs Four Corners last night: None of these places in the Cape, and Aurukun included, are viable without a significant proportion of the people having the ability to go, what we call orbit, out into the world. To work and pursue careers and so on. The decision to take young people outside the community to complete their education is part of a radical program of welfare reforms accepted by the people of Aurukun five years ago. It includes a ban on alcohol, the introduction of a Family Responsibilities Commission (FRC) and intensive education.

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