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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 6, 2010. NT NEWS. 23 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 3 C O L O R : C M Y K CR O CO DI LE M AN AG EM EN T ZO NE A d e la id e R iv e r H o w a rd R iv e r Darwin Harbour E lizabeth R iver B la ck m o re R iv e r Palmerston Lee Point Humpty Doo Howard Springs Fogg Dam Darwin City Mandorah Berry Springs Darwin River Dam ARNHEM HWY STUART HW Y Crocodile Captures To report problem crocodiles phone: Darwin 0419 822 859 or Katherine 0407 958 405 www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise BE CROCWISE 252 Crocodiles captured in the Top End in 2010 Ballongilly* (Katherine) Bees Creek* Berry Creek* Berry Springs* Bleesers Creek* Buffalo Creek* Darwin River Douglas Daly Djarrung waterhole (Flora) Durack Elizabeth River* Elizabeth Valley Fogg Dam* Galloping Jacks (Katherine) Goyder River Crossing* Holmes Jungle Howard River* Howard River Pk drain* Howard Springs Hudson Creek* Jones Creek* Katherine Gorge* King Ash Bay* Kings Creek* Knuckeys Lagoon Leanyer drain Leaders Creek Little Howard River* Ludmilla Creek Manton Dam* Manton River * more than one crocodile caught McMinns Lagoon Mickett Creek* Middle Arm* Miniata (Katherine) Mitchell Creek* Pioneer Creek* Rapid Creek* Rocky Creek* (Borroloola) Roper River Sadgroves Creek* Shady Camp Solar Village Creek Southport* Taylors Park* Tree Point* Walshies waterhole* (Flora) Wangi Creek* Wathawuy (Nhulunbuy) West Arm* Woods Inlet* Yarrawonga m g 1 9 0 6 0 3 2011 enrolments www.darwinmiddle.nt.edu.au Building successful futures Parents are invited to place expressions of interest and seek enrolment in Darwin Middle School for placement in 2011. Darwin Middle School has a strong focus on Maths, Science and ICT. Students of Good Standing who can demonstrate a passion to be part of our comprehensive education program are invited to apply. Limited places are available. If interested, please contact the school for an enrolment interview: via e-mail admin.darwinmiddle@ntschools.net or phone 08 8942 5200 MG190624 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 SATURDAY EXTRA 20 FISHERMANS WHARF, FRANCES BAY PH: 8941 4488 e r1 9 0 6 1 2 Saddletail Snapper $19.50 p/kg Atlantic Salmon Portion S/less $28.50 p/kg Whole Oysters $8.50 p/doz See our new recipes instore! trampled Its pretty unspoilt, its still adventure tourism, the infrastructure is still trying to catch upwith the events, but people arewilling to gowith it Tourists from the cruise ship Orion are ferried to the city of Baucau, East Timor Aerial view of the beach at Dili But, what may come as a surprise to many, including the locals, is that Timors greatest treasure cannot be experienced by boat or bike. Scuba divers from around the world flocked to the capital, Dili, this month to compete in the countrys first underwater photography competition. Anyone that is involved in diving, they would have read already about the diving potential in Timor because there are not too many places on the earth that are unexplored, Dr Ramos Horta said. Marianne Woodward, manager for Dive Timor Lorosae, said divers had access to 12 sites within 60km of Dili. Most people have a perception of Timor being dangerous, and that its a war zone its not, she said, adding that she moved from the UK to Timor more than four years ago. Woodward is a dive marshal for the photo competition. Hopefully events like this will spread the word, she said. Its pretty unspoilt, its still adventure tourism, the infrastructure is still trying to catch up with the events, but people are willing to go with it. She said one of the biggest challenges the dive-tourism industry faced in Timor, where few locals dive and many cannot swim, was building envir onmental awareness. Dive Timor Lorosae has re cently helped Juvi Belo, one of their Timorese staff members, gain his Open Water Diver certification. The photographs taken by Mr Belo, as well as all the other competition entrants, are being exhibited in Dili in a bid to educate local children and adults about the ocean. For one day each year, for the past three years, hundreds of people have gathered on the beaches of Timor to collect the rubbish that accumulates. There is no real concept here of recycling or what plastic does to the environment underneath the water, because a lot of people dont know what is under the water, Ms Woodward said. Kym Smithies, who is the head of the UNs public information television unit in Timor, has produced a series of programs about tourism, diving and ocean ecology for Timors only television station, TVTL. Our program is all in Tetum and its aimed at the Timorese population, she said. We wanted to explain to people what all these foreigners (tourists) were doing here; how it benefits them. Ms Smithies said many locals thought divers were stealing their fish. Its very hard to raise environmental awareness in Timor. But you cant love your environment and look after it until you know what it is and see value in it. I still see a lot of kids throwing plastic bottles on the ground, but now we are also hearing a lot of people saying: Look, thats my ocean. They are so proud of it. The program, along with help from lobbying divers and the President, earlier this year stopped a new storm water pipe from being channelled directly on to one of Timors most pristine dive sites. It is hoped that the UN television program, which delivers positive social messaging about a range of development and health issues, will be rebranded and continued by the Timor government when the UN begins withdrawing. It is not yet clear to what extent the UNs withdrawal will impact on the Timorese economy, but things are looking up.

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