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Sunday Territorian 28 Feb 2010



Sunday Territorian 28 Feb 2010


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2 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, February 28, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K THE wild Territory weather is expected to continue today after yesterdays torrential rains and strong winds that gave some an opportunity for fun. NEWS 7 THE Tiwi Bombers finals monkey began to resemble King Kong last night when an experienced and ruthless St Marys brushed them aside by 49 points in the NTFL second semi-final. HEAVY rain fell across Darwins most important catchments late last week, bringing some relief to fishos who thought the wet season might be a fizzer. WEATHER 47 SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES 53 TELEVISION 55 FISHING 44 Sydney frock queen Leona Edmiston has broken new ground by launching a new range for women up to size 20 after quietly rolling out the larger sizes in an online trial late last year. COMICS 27 MONEY 18 MOVIES 15 LIFESTYLE 39 WICKING 16 FORUM 16 ENTERTAINMENT 15 SPORT 36 NEWS DRAW SUPPS SUPER 66 30 12 29 20 33 40 31 26 4 2 7 5 6 6 DRAW No 2985 `Dead man' block sale raises $3.5m A PARCEL of land bought by longgone English aristocracy and lying forgotten in Litchfield has been sold for more than $1 million to recover council rates. The 129ha parcel of land was one of 11 properties auctioned off by Litchfield Council to retrieve hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is the first auction of its kind that the Litchfield shire has organised since laws were tweaked making it easier for councils to recoup long-unpaid rates. The sales proceeds brought in about $3.5 million for the 10 blocks sold. This easily covers the $250,000 or so in outstanding rates and interest. The remaining funds will be held by the Northern Territory Public Trustee. Litchfield Council told the Northern Territory News last year all the properties were dead man blocks. Council president Mary Walshe said the parcels had been bought by English gentry back in the 1800s and had been passed down through generations and forgotten. Ms Walshe said the auction, held on Thursday at the Darwin Convention Centre, had been extremely successful. One large parcel of land, being 320 acres (129ha), sold for over a million dollars, she said. This shows the high interest people have in moving to the rural areas and the success of the first auction evening was a good indication of this. The council used this first tranche of properties to test the waters of the new laws, and see how much interest auctions of this sort would garner. Ms Walshe said the council would hold more auctions in the future. THE THRILLING TIME: Blake Bilko Williams doing his thing Williams and Strong to add star quality to Demons line-up FREESTYLE motocross superstars Blake Bilko Williams and Jackson Jacko Strong will join a stellar line-up on the Crusty Demons Beyond The Apocalypse Tour in Darwin later this year. Williams, the world No. 1 and Strong, who performs the most dangerous trick in freestyle motocross the legendary front flip will bring a new dimension to the tour when it reaches Darwin on April 24. Victorian Williams last year scored one of the highest honours in world motocross, an X Games gold medal in motocross freestyle. Bilko also scored X Games silver in the trick category and was named FMX Rider of the Year at the Transworld Motocross Awards in Las Vegas last October. He will join his fellow Crusty Demons on the Darwin, Albury, Bendigo, Orange and Coffs Harbour legs. Jackson Strong will bring his own brand of Crusty mayhem to the tour. Having joined the Crusty Demons three years ago as a 15-year-old, Strong has developed into one of the hottest FMX riders in the crew. He broke his left arm when he missed a ramp during a demonstration jump in Sydney in January but will be fully fit when he reaches the Top End. 9000 in Sydneys Mardi Gras parade COME on board honeys and celebrate, lets have a good time! The words of Rosa the Russian Beautician captured the vibe at Sydneys 2010 Mardi Gras parade last night. Everybody likes dressing up, she said. So if anyone wants to jump on the bandwagon... Her invitation didnt fall on deaf ears. Parade watchers began lining the 2km route in the early afternoon, and by the time the show began at 7.45pm (AEDT), crowds were 10 deep and out-of-towners were complaining they couldnt see a thing. Those organised enough to get a front-row spot waved rainbow flags and 73-year-old Jim Davies, who went with his wife Glenda, scored a kiss from drag-queen Lovely Liz. Thats the benefit of turning up early, Jim said. The couple has a gay grandson and they say they are proud of his sexuality. They cheered as the raucous parade rolled down Oxford St from Wentworth Ave, made a right at Taylor Square and finished at Anzac Parade. This years march comprised about 9000 participants and 135 sparkling floats, belting out iconic gay tunes while teams of frockedup dancers performed their routines in tow. Many portrayed this years theme, History of the World, showcasing gay history and shining a pink light on some colourful historical figures and events. A float of 150 dancing George Michaels was organised, hoping to lure the former Wham! singer along after he plugged the event at his Sydney concert on Friday night. TV star moves on with new man CHANNEL Nine television presenter Natalie Gruzlewski (pictured) and her new boyfriend, 24-year-old millionaire Jack Ray, were preparing to cook up a storm at home on the Gold Coast yesterday. Despite a dismal afternoon downpour, the pair was all smiles as they bought some fruit and vegetables before heading back to Mr Rays Hedges Avenue Pad to prepare a meal. For the new couple it was a chance to dine out at home with the former Gold Coast weather girl having relocated to Sydney. In what has been a tumultuous few months for the easy going The Farmer Wants A Wife host, Gruzlewski made her split with husband, surfer Luke Egan, official, relocated home and quietly embarked on a new relationship. After Coast businessman Ray, nine years Gruzlewskis junior, was spotted picking her up three times in one week earlier this month from Nines Willoughby offices in Sydney, speculation surfaced that she had moved on. Shoppers who caught a glimpse of the couple were left in no doubt. They were walking nice and close before they went their separate ways to shop. They were smiling and laughing together. They look very much in love, a shopper said.

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