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A $2.5 million up-
grade at the Canteen
Creek Airstrip means
and medical planes
can now land safely
at the remote com-
Planes can now land in
all weather conditions and
at all times.
Minister for Transport
Peter Chandler said the
airstrip had been extended
to 1200 metres long and 23
"Further additions in-
clude taxiway and apron
sealing, new line marking
and installation of aero-
drome signage," he said.
"The upgrade improves
safety, allows better access
to communities and reduc-
es disruption to services
during periods of rain."
Mr Chandler said an al-
ternative strip was built
adjacent to the works dur-
ing the construction period
for the community to ac-
cess necessary services.
"The Owairtilla com-
munity constructed the
alternative strip, funded by
the Territory Government
at $530,000, with 100 per
cent Indigenous involve-
ment," he said.
"This is a fantastic exam-
ple of local residents tak-
ing a hands-on approach to
the development of their
Mr Chandler said the
works, completed by
Katherine business Cra-
ven Diesel Services, was
another example of the
Country Liberals Govern-
ment delivering outcomes
that make the Territory a
safer place to live and do
Canteen Creek airstrip
A WOMAN whose hair was set
alight by her drunken husband
suffered burns and lacerations to
her head, chest and hands.
As she frantically tried to extinguish the
fames with her hands, embers burnt her
hands and chest.
She lost a substantial amount of hair in
the attack and was hospitalised due to the
extent of her injuries.
Last week Christopher Riley, 47, was
sentenced to jail for three years with a
non-parole period of 18 months over the
incident in October last year.
Riley and his wife had been drinking
on the grass in front of the Pindari fats
when, for reasons unknown, he became
He sparked a lighter several times in
front of the woman's face, setting her
shoulder-length hair alight.
The fre took hold quickly.
The NT Supreme Court in Alice Springs
heard that the woman felt her husband
turned out to be like a monster and that
she wanted him locked up for his actions.
In a victim impact statement, she said
Riley had caused her fear and pain and
that she felt sorry for herself for what he
did to her.
Justice Judith Kelly said Riley's consid-
erable record, including 13 convictions
for assault, 19 breaches of domestic vio-
lence orders, six breaches of suspended
sentences, a breach of bail, dozens of
traffc offence convictions and several
other convictions meant he did not ap-
pear in court as a person of previously
His record included seven assaults and
a conviction for serious harm against
his wife which is why he had domestic
violence orders forbidding Riley to drink
in the company of his wife.
"This is an incredibly sad situation for
both of you," Justice Kelly said.
"There is far, far too much violence in
our community, especially against Ab-
original women and especially inficted
by their partner or ex-partner when the
man or both parties are drunk. And that
is not to say there is not violence inficted
by the women as well.
"I have to say that what you did was a
particularly vicious example of that kind
of domestic violence. You set fre to her
head. You hurt her very badly and it could
have been so much worse."
Justice Kelly told Riley he would not
automatically be given parole after 18
months, it would be up to the Parole
Board to assess the situation and make
The sentence was backdated to 25 Feb-
ruary to take into account time Riley had
spent on remand.
for setting wife's
hair on fire
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