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The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010

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6 Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K VB, Australia's favourite beer, is giving blokes the chance to realise a dream; owning their very own VB pub! Don't miss you chance to win a VB Pop-up Pub including a 2.5 metre tall bar that can be assembled in minutes, a mini LCD TV, a Coleman cooler and a mini bar! For your chance to win don't miss your copy of the NT News tomorrow! N T L 1 0 / 0 2 NEWS Katherine rolls out the red carpet for Defence families FAMILIES recently posted to the RAAF Tindal base have officially been welcomed. The Defence Community Organisation welcomed the new families by holding an Expo and Family Fun Day in Katherine on Friday. In welcoming the new families, Wing Commander Philip Arms, the Senior Australian Defence Force Officer at RAAF Tindal, highlighted the benefits of living in a small community and opportunities available to families in Katherine through a range of local support services. Welcoming new families to the area is very important, both for our families and for the local community, he said. Defence Families make up a large part of the Katherine community, and the fun day was described as a great opportunity for the locals to meet the newcomers. As well as being a source of information for new families, the day is a great opportunity to get our Defence families together in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, to meet and make friends and form social networks, said Wing Commander Arms. Mayor of Katherine Anne Shepherd (pictured) also welcomed the new families to Katherine and spoke about the range of services available in the town. Quita defies odds to saddle up again BIG PLANS: Quita Docking with offsider Bridgit check out the route from Timber Creek to Daly Waters. Picture: PATRINA MALONE ByANNIE SANSON We want to establish a place for people to socialise andto interact with the world in a safe environment A DARWIN girl, who was not expected to live after a horse accident, has made an incredible recovery and now wants to help others. Quita Dockings life was turned upside down in 2002, when the young jillaroo came off her horse in a campdraft accident that left her with severe brain injury. Doctors did not believe she would live, said Quitas mother, Gladys Docking, of Berry Springs. Today, the young woman still needs medical treatment but, despite her physical disabilities, the 26-year-old is back in the saddle and ready to ride for a good cause. Shes come a long way since the accident and she had this little idea of sharing her love for animals with others who had it tough in their lives, to give them hope, Mrs Docking said. We saw the positive effects on Quita when we took her outside into a stimulative environment, where she could smell and see and hear, feel and listen and the idea is to set up a Drop-in Centre in Darwin for other people with brain damage but as well for other people with special needs. Mrs Docking told the NT News Quita and her family were working on the erection of a small club house, with kitchenette, bath and restrooms, and an outdoor area with gardens and animals. We dont have scientific proof, but for us Quita is proof enough on how much stimulation can help. Our aim is to give other people who suffer from brain damage the chance to be outside, to pet horses, feed dogs, grow vegetables, smell the scent of fresh flowers and just take in all the stimulation they can get to break out of their disabled box and their quiet, mind-numbing environment. We want to establish a place for people to socialise and to interact with the world in a safe environment as we believe that is what helped Quita when she was not even expected to live. To raise funds for her Drop-in Centre project, the young woman is getting back in the saddle herself to lead a 450km ride from Timber Creek to Daly Waters in June and is now looking for supporters for her project of hope and riders willing to saddle their horses for a good cause. Come and ride with me to help me offer hope to the ones who need it, the inspiring young woman said. To support Quitas project contact Gladys Docking on 0407 997 633. Cops broke law failing to have DUI man tested POLICE officers broke the law when they did not arrange a blood test for a man caught drink-driving, a magistrate has ruled. But magistrate Tanya Fong Lim ruled that the breath test still proved that Clinton Brian Copley was driving with a high-range bloodalcohol level when he was caught drink-driving in the early hours of July 22, 2009. Ms Fong Lim said the legislation required that police officers made reasonable attempts to make a medical blood test available to people caught drink-driving. I find that the police officers concerned did not comply with the requirements, even though what they did they thought was reasonable, she said. A hearing last month heard that the police officers called one nurse, who said a blood test did not need to be done. After Ms Fong Lim handed down her findings, Copley, 31, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level of .185 per cent and driving while disqualified an hour after he was released from the cells. Darwin Magistrates Court heard that Copley was taken to the police station to have his breath tested after he was stopped while riding his rare Honda motorcycle. Ms Fong Lim did not convict him for the drink-driving charge, but fined him $900 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months. He was convicted of the disqualified driving charge and fined $1000. Loan shark holds all cards A LOAN shark has been accused of controlling Centrelink payments of NT Aborigines by taking their bank cards and PINs to gain repayments. Government authorities are preparing a crisis meeting to stamp out the damaging practise. They were alarmed after a loan shark from Laverton in Western Australia, admitted to The Australian to lending up to $5000 a day to hundreds of Aboriginal welfare recipients from WA and the Northern Territory.