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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 9 issue 45

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qualified by "and Territorians have to be tough, hard-working, strong spirited, gutsy, survivors".Every so often I work with Steve, outback photographer: his studio, apart from being filled with wonderful images, boasts hundreds of magazines, Outback and others, to which he has contributed over the years. At a quiet time, I started to flick through a few. The red centre features regularly, whether it's articles about local identities, historical pieces, St Phillip's College, the Last Camel Train expedition, journeys on the Ghan, station life around the centre and up the track, natural events. It's evident that there is still a great fascination with this special part of Australia. Tim Flannery, scientist, and author of the much acclaimed "Future Eaters" and other works, in his Australia Day address this year, lamented the fact that there is a growing gulf of misunderstanding between the city and the country. It was perceived by many of us living in the outback that in this, the Year of the Outback, many issues would be addressed, that there would be greater opportunities and better efforts to introduce the urban to the outback. We gravitate to cities every so often for a variety of reasons. It was thought that the matter of how to entice our city cousins into the country would suddenly resolve.In the "Outback" magazine (Aug/Sept issue) Tim Flannery reiterated that "people in cities have no understanding of the outback" and that there is a need to develop a positive population policy for the much under populated heartland, to be "based on recognition of environmental constraints of our land, economic needs and social desires of its people".It brings to question again how people living elsewhere, both in Australia and overseas, really do perceive the outback in general and the Northern Territory in particular. Last Friday night my brother Norm, owner of Kwikcon, and Lee hosted a Christmas party for their employees, partners and friends on the Old Ghan. It was a fabulous evening thanks to Norm, the Poole's and their staff and a super way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas in the "Year of the Outback".We have to hope, regardless of what the media dishes up, that when people think about taking holidays in 2003, they'll observe the catchphrase "see Australia first", and that a trip to the centre of the outback is foremost on the itinerary. FAIRY TALE END TO DAY AT THE PARK. Report by PAUL FITZSIMONS. Pioneer Park held a five event card on the weekend, fare welling veteran hoop Steven Burrows, who alas had to wait until the last race of the day to finally salute the judge, and look back on an illustrious career. The pipe opener for the day was the December Class Five Handicap raced over 1200 metres. From the jump top weight He's Tough and Bowen Special took each other on and kept the pace honest in the front running. Consequently Be Strong enjoyed the sit with newly returned apprentice Danielle Lockwood calmly waiting her time. In due course she took advantage of the running to hit the lead then kick again to hold off the strong finish by Bowen Special. Be Strong in starting at 3-1, got the nod by a short half head from Bowen Special at 4-1, with 5-4 favourite He's Tough Enough a further two and a half lengths away third. In the second, the 1400 metre Summer Open Handicap, Palooka played the field at their own game by predictably going to the front and dictating the terms. The Anthony Player trained galloper had little pressure applied in the running and when 5-4 equal favourite Star Damsel drifted wide on the turn in sailing for home it was a matter of all over red rover. Palooka scored by a handsome four and three quarter lengths, from Star Damsel with 10-1 chance Itaipu picking up the third place cheque. The 1400 metre Bulldust and Bough Shades Class Three proved to be made to measure for the 7-2 priced winner Sir Romeo. Ridden by Barry Huppatz for Kevin Lamprecht, Sir Romeo sat on the rails and allowed Gerrard to do the hard work at the lead. In time Gerrard ran out of gas, eventually tailing the field, which allowed Huppatz to make every post a winner, withstanding a spirited effort by 7-4 favourite Shadow Boxer by half a length, with a close up 9-4 chance Queen's Image filling the minors. Dark Lindt probably displayed the performance of the day, winning the 1100 metre Todd River Class One Handicap. The Vince Maloney trained rising star missed the start and travelled towards the rear of the field for most of the race. Bottom weight Ilkara took up the running and at 20-1 odds gave his supporters plenty to cheer about. But when the race mattered Dark Lindt lived up to his 5-4 favourite price tag and ran to the line a two and a half lengths winner. In third place was 7-2 pop Kenny's Idol who tracked Dark Lindt in the race to the line. For interstate jockey Adrian Robinson the win provided him with a riding double, having mounted Palooka earlier in the day. The finale of the day appropriately belonged to Steven Burrows. He was perched aboard the 8-1 chance Snow Key,