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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 20, 2010. NT NEWS. 11 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:11 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Out the Back TERRITORY TALES REGIONAL ROUND-UP HISTORY with Alyssa Betts firstname.lastname@example.orgOut the Back TERRITORY TALES REGIONAL ROUND-UP HISTORY with Alyssa Betts email@example.com PROPERTY Cattle station for sale ONE of the most appealing medium scale cattle stations in the Northern Territory is on the market. The 1873sq km property of Ban Ban Springs Station, located 150km south of Darwin, was the first registered cattle station in the 1880s. With a combination of hilly and gently undulating terrain and vast plains and 1600 hectares under improvedpasture,thestation can hold 14,000 head of cattle. The homestead also hosts a well-known camping ground located on the Stuart Highway. Ban Ban Springs Station is for sale by registration of interest closing at the end of August. Beautiful beef COMMUNITY Peter Saint was the judge for the Tennant Creek Show cattle section. Sarah Gardiner, Cassie Duggan and Casey Collier. Picture: HELEN KEMPE and CASEY COLLIER THE Tennant Creek Barkly BeefDinnerandDroughtmaster ninth annual bull sale proved that you can mix business with pleasure for some great results. The dinner is a highlight of the Tennant Creek Show circuit, with a lot of behind-thescenes work to make it a success. The sale saw all bulls sold, despite initial fears sales would struggle. By the time the Barkly Beef Dinner rolled around, gone were the tengallon hats and sweaty shirts, and it was on with the ties and black dresses. Check out photos from both events in the upcoming Social Butterfly in the Sunday Territor ian this weekend. Have kids,will travel Gillian and James Russell travel around the NT with their children Henry (pictured) and Georgina to entertain children in remote areas as part of the Katherine Isolated Children Service Picture: PATRINA MALONE PEOPLE By ANNIE SANSON You pack up the kids and go towork. And the kids enjoy the variety of little friends theymake WITH next-door neighbours living several hundred kilometres away, its not easy for NT children in remote areas to find someone to play with. But a Katherine-based service cant find aroad toolong or a remote station too far away to be visited for some fun and playtime. Katherine Isolated Childrens Service (KICS), has madeitselfanameintheTerritory over the past 22 years and its two field teams have been travelling an area of more than 760,000sq km to bring a bit of fun and playdough to the little ones out bush. James and Gillian Russell and their two children, Henry, 2, and Georgina, 1, only started their job in the field in April, but have probably seen more of the NT than anyone else. Were always on the road, from Borroloola to the Barkly to Timber Creek and back, James, 39, said. Were always away from home, but were always with the family, and thats what counts. The former station worker and pilot said he couldnt resist when the job with KICS came up. Its real good fun, you pack up the kids and go to work. And the kids enjoy the variety of little friends they make. Gillian, 38, said she was excited about the opportunity to travel the country for work and spend every day with her family. In other families children seetheirdadatnight,whenhe comes home from work, or they have to spend the week at daycare because their parents both work, she said. Were both working, too, but our children are with us all the time, and for them theres nothing better than having their own private playgroup every day. Its a great opportunity for us as a family to spend time together, in a job we love doing. With up to 20 children from newborns up to the age of 12 joining the playtime, days can become quite busy for the little working family out bush. Often when stations know were coming they let everyone in the area know. And as playgroup is something quite rare for some places, families travel several hundred kilometres to bring their kids to us. Some even fly in by plane or helicopter. From Bulman in Arnhem Land in the north to Lajamanu and Elliot in the south KICS teams visit almost 50 Territory Outback stations most of them every two months. Its a service for the children out there, who dont have anyone to play with and they love having us as much as we love travelling to see them, Gillian said. Kerrie Cokley with her red cattle dog Polly champion high-jumping dog EVENTS Katherine Showhuge success Val Thomas, 66, of Berry Springs with her champion mare Madonna at the Katherine Show Picture: PATRINA MALONE VISITORS at this years Katherine show got their moneys worth and more. With the Top Ends best show animals on display, a dog jumping competition, a two-day rodeo, a ute muster, joy rides, daggy dogs, show bags, wheelie bin races and a UFO sighting, nobody got a raw deal at the 45th anniversary of the show spectacle. Kerrie Cokley, 35, of Katherine,saidshehadaball,especially after her red cattle dog Polly took out a win in the dog high-jumping competition with a 185cm jump. With the prize money Polly shouted herself a hot dog and an ice cream, Ms Cokley said. The show is always a great event and everyones having a lot of fun. Joelene Puntoriero, of Noonamah, said she was thrilled to win the juvenile handlers award in the cattle show. She said her 28-monthsold Brahman bull Sign had done her proud. He took out the whole show, and Katherine has a lot more competition for cattle than the Darwin show, the 16-year-old said. Val Thomas, of Berry Springs, had her mare Madonna decorated with ribbons after winning awards. I love Katherine show. Its the most relaxed event in the NT there is no tension, no stress, everyone is having fun, the 66-year-old said. FLASHBACK Boxing tent a feature NT News Thursday, July 20, 1967 ON THIS day in 1967, the Top End was gearing up for its 17th Darwin Show. Show society officials were expecting a crowd of 25,000 and were duly organising three bars for the thirsty horde. Some interesting food items were also on the menu show-goers could choose from sandwiches, hot dogs and sartees. The NT News predicted that sideshow alley would be the highlight, hitting hardest on Dads pocket. The alleys strong men, beautiful women, live snakes, roll-down and knockem-downs and hooplas would tempt locals, but the brave would head to the boxing tent without which no show in Australi (sic) is really complete.