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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

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Title

The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2013-06-14

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This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

News Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

News Limited

License

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

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/246059

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/804119

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Friday, June 14, 2013. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-JGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Rising electricity bills? 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 l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Talks on direct flights from China open window on bright future By NICOLE MILLS THE Territory could soon see direct flights from Darwin to China with a major Chinese airline pushing to get into the Top End market. Business Minister Dave Tollner said he met with Chinas fourth-largest carrier Hainan Airlines on his recent trip to Asia. He said the company was seriously considering flying into Darwin and believed they could bring up to 20 million passengers through the Territory each year. Hainan Airlines are one of the smaller carriers in China but their idea of small and our idea of small are two different things, he said. Hainan has 400 planes and Qantas has 120. Mr Tollner said even if only a percentage of passengers stayed in Darwin for one night it would have a huge effect on the economy. This would absolutely transform the entire Northern Territory, not just for tourism, but throughout our economy, he said. Mr Tollner said if Hainan Airlines flew direct to Darwin and set up a code share agreement with an Australian airline they could send passengers anywhere in the country. Race to Hidden treasure By CLAYTON BENNETT Driven to succeed by our need for speedTENS of thousands of racing fans will flock to Hidden Valley Raceway from today for the annual V8 Supercar Championship. The event has been the most popular highlight on the Top End calendar since its inception in 1998. Last years V8 Supercars event attracted 49,175 local and interstate visitors and injected $32 million into the Territorys economy. This year organisers hope to match those numbers with punters travelling to the Top End from across Australia to witness the action. We are hoping for a good attendance again this year, with Nissan and Mercedes joining Ford and Holden V8 Supercars for the first time in Darwin, spokesman Mike Drewer said. Spectators will also see a new format V8 Supercar race with drivers racing for 60km before taking a 15-minute break and restarting in the order they were running with a rolling double file re-start. Revheads will be at the circuit to see the V8 Supercars plus V8 Utes, Touring Car Masters, Improved Production, HQ Holdens & Commo dore Cup and Formula 3. Entertaining the crowd to morrow night will be Canadian chart-toppers Smash Mouth and Aussie country singer Kasey Chambers. On Sunday night, electro dance outfits Art Versus Science and Sneaky Sound System will be centre stage. For those more concerned about the thrills on the track there is the friendly rivalry between Red Bull Racing teammates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup. Beating your teammate is the first task of any V8 Supercar driver and the head-to-head qualifying numbers in 2013 show that, generally, its a lop-sided fight in most teams. The biggest win so far has been Whincup over Lowndes 13-3 in the champions favour. The event returns to a three-race format this year for the first time since 2008. No driver has been able to claim the Triple Crown trophy since it was introduced to the Darwin event in 2006. Other attractions include a Harley parade and an F/A 18 Hornet fly-over and Victor Bray and his burn-out cars. The action today and tomorrow starts at 7am and on Sunday from 5am. Event in the pink, grid girls gear up for spotlight TOP End beauties will be pretty in pink at the V8 Supercars. The Skycity Triple Crown grid girls, pictured above, will present trophies and be at the track at Hidden Valley sporting an upgrade to their iconic uniform. Grid girls team leader Leanne Dowling said the new uniforms had kept the traditional pink they were known for but blinged it up adding a black and white chequered design. Ms Dowling said 80 per cent of the girls this year were new, but there were also some who had been involved many times. Taking part in the event for the fourth year in a row, Palmerston grid girl Hannah Farmer said it was a great weekend. I keep going back every year because it gets better and better, Ms Farmer said. The Territorian said along with the main races, a highlight was the jets performing a flyover: Its amazing. Sisters Brianna Watton (left) and Jasmine (both 4) with Brad Stewart at the convoy Hannah Udina and Megan Warmt yesterday Mieke Devries and Jake Harley, 3