The Northern Territory news Tue 16 Mar 2021
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26 NEWS TUESDAY MARCH 16 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 $400k damage to home CHILDREN who lived in a Katherine home which suffered an estimated $400,000 damage in a house fire had been playing with a cigarette lighter before the blaze. NT Police Northern Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Len Turner said about 2pm on Sunday, police responded to reports of a house fire on Maluka Rd and arrived to find a public housing home engulfed in flames. The occupants had already evacuated the property. A woman initially observed smoke coming from inside a cupboard in her residence before raising the alarm. Snr-Sgt Turner said police attempted to fight the fire, but it was too overwhelming. He said NT Fire and Rescue Service crew members arrived at the scene shortly after and managed to extinguish the blaze. Snr-Sgt Turner said after an initial investigation, the fire appeared to have been caused by two young siblings, aged 5 and 7, playing with a cigarette lighter. He said the damage to the property had been severe. The fire completely destroyed one bedroom and the living area, and the house is unlivable because of smoke damage, he said. Thankfully no one was injured. He estimated the cost of repairing the damage to be up to $400,000. The family is receiving assistance to find emergency accommodation. ALICIA PERERA Grill a chill place A NEW restaurant has opened at the site of the popular former Hogs Breath Cafe in Palmerston. Primal Bar & Grill opened at 18 The Boulevard, Palmerston about two weeks ago. The independent local business offers modern Australian cuisine, including steaks and burgers smoked on site, as well as ice-cold drinks from the bar. It comes after Hogs Breath Cafe Palmerston permanently closed on February 1, after its former franchisees decided to focus on its sister store in Casuarina. Primal Bar & Grill owner Kiera MacCarthy said the new restaurant was a chill place where people can come and have a drink and some good quality food. Our main appeal is that we smoke our meats, she said. We serve smoked steaks, smoked burger patties and we have a massive smoking machine we park out the front that lets out lots of good smells. Also, because were a local business, we can source our meats locally and play around with the menu as we like and we can take feedback and alter it to the liking of the public. Ms MacCarthy, who is just 19, is the daughter of the former franchisees of Hogs Breath Cafe, Palmerston. She said after years working in the hospitality industry, including several as a manager, she had jumped at the chance to start her own hospitality business when her parents closed down the cafe. Its similar in some ways (to Hogs Breath), but I think weve changed a lot of things, she said. It has a completely differ ent feel inside, there are lots of plants and its had a paint job. Ms MacCarthy said she was pleased to be able to give Palmerston residents another option for dining out with the new bar and grill. Primal Bar & Grill is open 11.30am-2pm for lunch and 5.30pm-late for dinner seven days a week. Manager Chelsea Mudge from Primal Bar & Grill, which opens at the former site of Hog's Breath Palmerston. Picture Glenn Campbell ALICIA PERERA Smoked meats specialist replaces Hogs Breath NEW MEDICAL SERVICE FOR KATHERINE A NEW service has opened in Katherine to give residents easier and faster access to preemployment medical tests. Workforce Health Assessors Katherine, located at 3/84 Bicentennial Road, is the product of a partnership between Katherine Physio and national company Workforce Health Assessors (WHA). The service provides a wide range of pre-employment medical tests by appointment. Katherine Physio founder Alethe West said the service would boost healthcare access for Katherine residents. By offering pre-employment medicals were not only hoping to introduce an important service to Katherine, but also complement future health care services by preventing these medicals from clogging up other health care waiting rooms, she said. WHA managing director Jason Unwin said the company was excited about bringing its expertise in medical services to Katherine. From (Monday), clients and prospective employees will be able to access pre-employment medicals, hearing tests, functionals and drug and alcohol screening at WHA Katherine, he said. CROSSFIT GYM PLAN FOR PALMERSTON A CROSSFIT gym could soon spring up from the site of a warehouse and carpark in Palmerston, according to a new development application submitted to the NT government. The application, submitted by Tropics Consulting Group on Friday, proposes Lot 1160 on Georgina Crescent, Yarrawonga be rezoned from ser vice commercial to leisure and recreation use. The site will specifically be utilised for the CrossFit gym which operates in a class format but allows individual access outside of classes, the application states. CrossFit is unique to normal gyms as it combines strength training, explosive plyometrics, speed training, Olympic and power style weightlifting, kettle bells, body weight exercises, gymnastics, and endurance exercise. The proposed gym will operate with early morning classes from 5.30am, 6.30am and 9am, a lunchtime class, and later afternoon classes from 4.30pm through to 6.30pm. The application proposes increasing the carpark form 10 to 30 spots. @ Cazalys@ Cazalys - -- 10 Temple Tce, Palmerston City 8932 8688 10 Temple Tce, Palmerston City 8932 8688 - --