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The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010

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Title

The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2010-07-20

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/222288

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/691607

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8 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 20, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 0 -J U L -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Passionate foodies sharing recipes and chewing the fat NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 Nappies fingered in pollution crisis Little Mindil Creek ... tests earlier this month showed it contained e. coli at 1000 times the level at which beaches would be closed Picture: JUSTIN SANSON The stormwater drain at the end of Chapman Road, Nightcliff, above, and below, the lagoon behind Vesteys Beach By BEN LANGFORD SNAPSHOT SUSPECTS STORMWATERdrainatthe endofChapmanRd,Ncliff DISCHARGEDeffluent fromyachts LITTLEMindilCreek carryingpollutedwaterto theharbour TERRITORIANS are being askedtobelieveadirtynappy may have caused the e.coli outbreak that closed Darwins beaches but millions of litres of sewage could not be the culprit. Nappies, bat dung and bird poo have all been named as the potential cause of the latest bacteria outbreak. But the Government maintains the millions of litres of sewage which are pumped into Darwin Harbour each year could not be responsible.An averagedirtynappy would contain about 200ml of raw sewage. The Larrakeyah outfall discharges 1.5 gigalitres of sewage each year more than 3 million litres a day. The Chief Minister, the Environment Minister and the department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport all claimed test results show Power and Water sewage outfallsare not to blame for the e.coli crisis. Acting NRETAS chief executive Diane Leeder said this was because e.coli bacteria at the Larrakeyah and Ludmilla outfalls was consistently lower than licence limits. But NRETAS has not released anytest results from the worst sewage outfall, the one at Larrakeyah. There, Power and Waters outfall is allowed to have e.coli levels up to 10 million parts per 100ml. Beaches are closed if a test shows more than 500 parts per 100ml. Both the Larrakeyah and Ludmilla outfalls had high e.coli readings last month. But the tests only listed the results as greater than 2005 parts per 100ml. D a t a f r o m P o w e r a n d Water shows e.coli at Larrakeyah was above 8 million lateinJune,10 millioninApril and 9 million in March. Three beaches Mindil, and two parts of Nightcliff were again closed to swimming and fishing last week after new tests showed e.coli higher than safe levels. Health Department expert Xavier Schobben suggested nappies, bat dung or bird poo could be to blame. Last week Environment Minister Karl Hampton said the sewage was not to blame, but said an answer may never be found. TASH BENNETT TASH Bennett became an overnight superstar when the NT News reported on her heroic ! re! ghting e" orts while topless. Americas CNN o" ered to # y the blonde bombshell to their headquarters for an interview. $ e NT News is great, she said, Its a well written paper for people of the Northern Territory. Its quirky and fun, thats why I love it. I LOVE IT NEWBODYONROAD A NEW peak indigenous body started touring around the Territory yesterday. The newly formed National Congress of Australias First Peoples co-chair Sam Jeffries said itwas important. Our roadshowwill allow us to hear directly from people, he said. We are committed to explaining in person what the Congress is about. TOURDETENNANT CYCLISTS from across the NT gathered in Tennant Creek on the weekend for the annual BarklyAgenciesTwoDayTour. In the race for more than $2000 incashprizes, competitors from cycling clubs in Alice Springs, Mt Isa and Darwin got into the saddle for the 3km prologueanda78kmroad race followedby a criterium. Whilst rider numbers were down, the competition was as fierce as ever, with the final race in the criterium exciting for all towatch ... with hard attacks and fast cornering, race director AndrewKoop said. BERNARDISBURQA LIBERALsenatorCoryBernardi has called for Australia to follow the lead of France and ban the burqa, describing it as the most public symbol of fundamentalist Islam. In his blog, the South Australian senator said there were supporters of fundamentalist Islam who wanted to impose Islamic law inAustralia. This is a system where women are considered as second class citizens and homosexuals can be hanged, Senator Bernardi said.


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