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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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22 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 6, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Indigenous Arts, Culture, Language, Broadcasting and Heritage Funding for 2011-2012 The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, culture, language and broadcasting projects. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities provides funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage projects. Find out more about these programs and how to apply at www.arts.gov.au/indigenous Indigenous Culture Support program Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program National Arts and Crafts Industry Support program Indigenous Broadcasting Program Indigenous Heritage Program Applications close 5:00pm AEDST 21 January 2011 Enquiries: 1800 006 992 Email: Indigenousach@arts.gov.au for broadcasting, culture, language and arts programs Email: ihp_grants@environment.gov.au for the heritage program adcorp32270 ! Running the Tiger Tiger Brennan Drive Family Fun Run / Walk Sunday 28 November 2010 Come and celebrate the Territorys biggest infrastructure investment Run the Tiger at the Tiger Brennan Drive Family Fun Run/Walk! Its free! Who can come? Everyone! Families, serious runners, walkers, corporate groups. (Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.) You can run, walk or join the spectators to cheer them on. There will be prizes, face painting, jumping castles and other activities for families. Wheres the starting line? Catch one of the free buses from the Palmerston interchange. There will be no parking onsite. Pleaseno animals, roller skates/blades, skateboards, scooters, bikes or other wheeled contraptions. Prams welcome. Pre-registration for runners and walkers is required. Telephone 1800 110 243 to register your attendance. www.growingnt.nt.gov.au MG190635 SATURDAY EXTRA 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 ntnews.com.au Follow the track less Children play around Dilis markets and beaches. Friendly people, fantastic scuba diving and spectacular beaches are gaining East Timor recognition as a top travel destination By LARINE STATHAM in Dili, East Timor THERE are few places in the world that are relatively unexplored. For decades, unrest in East Timors fight for independence has deterred most Aussies from visiting our nearest Asian neighbour. A strong international military presence, language barriers, limited infrastructure and an economy artificially inflated by the high number of affluent UN personnel have made it a difficult country to traverse. There is little information on the internet about tourism in East Timor, and the Lonely Planet guide although highly informative is only 118 pages long. But those who have been fortunate enough to make the challenging journey leave East Timor fulfilled beyond belief. The people are friendly, the scuba diving is surreal, the atmosphere electric! As UN troops start planning their 2012 withdrawal, in a bid to shore up the local economy East Timor is working hard to establish itself as a peaceful, adventuresport, eco-tourism destination. So far, the plan is working. More and more people are mak ing their way to Timor to experience a track less trampled. With only a few minor hiccups, the presidents office has developed cultural and sporting events for locals and tourists alike. The economic, environmental and social benefits for local Timorese people are growing steadily. The inaugural Tour de Timor international mountain bike race in August 2009 attracted almost 300 competitors from 12 countries. Within three weeks of the event, Australias travel warning for East Timor, which had advised people to reconsider their need to travel since 2006, was reduced. Timor President Jose Ramos Horta said international media coverage of events such as Tour de Timor and the Dili Marathon, which in its first year attracted about 1000 runners from 28 countries, reassured foreigners that Dili was on track to becoming a safe and peaceful city. In addition to bringing in the tourist dollar, Dr Ramos Horta said the sporting competitions promoted national unity through local participation. The country entered the Olympic Games for the first time in 2000 and now, 10 years on, two Timorese are preparing for the 42km New York Marathon. They will travel to the US with a group of Aboriginal runners from Australia and Olympic marathon runner Robert de Castella. I see our participation nationally and internationally as an affirmation of Timors identity, pride and place in the world, Dr Ramos Horta said. And that has a lot of impact on healing the wounded pride and wounds of the past. So now we are working towards preparing our participation in London (for the 2012 Olympics). Water-based events in East Timor, such as the International Sport Fishing Competition, have delivered mixed feedback. A large number of entrants, mostly from the NT, became ill and claimed there were not enough boats or beds. Others were a little more sym pathetic, arguing that participants needed to toughen up and accept that food poisoning was common in impoverished nations. They said organisers were overwhelmed by an unexpected number of entrants, which only reaffirmed the events potential. The Darwin to Dili Yacht Race, which in 1973 became the first Australian yacht race to a foreign country, was successfully resurrected this year after lying dormant for 35 years. In a country where Portuguese and Tetum are the official languages, but English and Indonesian are widely spoken, East Timors qualities make it an intoxicating destination.

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