The Centralian Advocate Fri 8 Jan 2021
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14 NEWS FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Ben Mack on the Larapinta Trail near Jay Creek. Picture: Supplied THE first all-Indigenous team has been assembled to compete in the 2021 Sonder Monster ultra-marathon, a gruelling 231km run along the Larapinta Trail. Team manager and leader Ben Mack brought together four Aboriginal men from Central Australia to create Team Irrkerlantye, which is the Arrernte word for a brown falcon, Mr Macks spirit animal. The main reason Im doing this is for my late son Myrical, who passed in 2017 and my other children Leila, Thomas, Gabby, Donald, Ben Jr and Kennedy and to represent for all those dealing with illness mental, physical or spiritual, Mr Mack said. The May 21-23 race begins at Redbank Gorge and ends at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. Teams must run four legs, totalling 231km, in under 60 hours. When Mr Mack ran each leg solo in training, his time totalled 48 hours and 15 minutes. This trail is soultesting and extraordinarily immense. It can leave you wondering why the hell you even thought of doing it in the first place, Mr Mack said. However, the sense of accomplishment and the feeling one gets after completing such a prodigious goal is indescribable. I cant even start to explain what kind of effect it has had on me physically, mentally, emotionally and most importantly spiritually. Other members of the team include Billy Tilmouth, Reuben Mack, Ali Satour and Adrian Dodson-Shaw, the son of Senator Pat Dodson. However, Mr Satour has been forced to withdraw from the race due to an ongoing calf injury. GRUELLING CHALLENGE LOOMS DANIEL WOOD 14 Sunbuild gets car park nod A TERRITORY business has won the $13m contract to build the hotly anticipated new multi-storey car park at the Alice Springs Hospital. Sunbuild, which has previously been charged with building major Territory projects including the Royal Darwin Hospital car park, won the tender for the 250-bay car park. The project is anticipated to create 65 jobs. First announced in 2019 as part of the Alice Springs Hospital Masterplan, the car parks construction has been welcomed by locals following years of limited parking space. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the project would provide safer parking for those accessing the hospital. At times when families are under a lot of stress attending the hospital, this car park will help to make the burden a little easier, she said. We have acknowledged for some time that hospital car parking has been an issue. This is why it has been incorporated into the development of the Masterplan. Central Australian Economic Reconstruction Minister and local member Chansey Paech said the hospitals new staff accommodation designed to house 70 people was also well under way. (It) is about retaining our hardworking health professionals, while attracting more people to stay in Alice Springs, he said. The hospital car park and new staff accommodation projects will support more than 175 local jobs during construction and support a further 465 indirect jobs. While going through the Development Consent Authority, the Heritage, Libraries and Sport Division of the Tourism, Sport and Culture Department opposed the design of the project. (We) believe that the proposal is not in keeping with the character of the adjacent heritage precinct buildings, they said. In their response, the applicant GHD Pty Ltd said the original proposal was for a sixstorey structure but was amended to reduce the scale to lessen impacts on the adjoining heritage precinct. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2021, with the car park expected to open in early 2022. The design of the building allows for future expansion to 500 spaces. The car park will be built on the site of the old pathology and CDC buildings. E XC LU S I V E PAT CALLANAN APPEAL AFTER MAN FALLS FROM VEHICLE POLICE are searching for information after a man fell from a moving vehicle in Alice Springs this week. The incident occurred about 8.45pm on Tuesday on Smith Street near the intersection of Lovegrove Drive. A vehicle believed to be a white Holden Colorado was travelling when police say the man fell from the ute. Police would like in particular to speak with the woman who stopped to assist the man. This woman is not consid ered a suspect in any way. Anyone with information which may assist with investigations is asked to contact police on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference 9529507. 1 Aavoca1e centralianadvocate.com.au BETTERfb1dqN1 BOARDING IN CAIRNS YEAR 7-12 All excursions and meals provided New training opportunities at our specialist sports and arts Academy of Excellence ,A P (07) 4043 3777 oJARRAGuN W www.djarragun.qld.edu.au COLLEGE
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