NEWS 15 SUNDAY AUGUST 2 2020 Spotlight on missing people BRYAN LITTLEY way Inn on the Stuart Hwy at Daly Waters. Cooper was visiting family at a Katherine home when he walked off into the night about 2am on February 5, 2015. At first, some in his family hoped the 46-year-old father of 13 might have just taken off for a while. That was until he didn’t turn up to watch his beloved Wanderers beat St Mary’s in line-making fashion along the Stuart Highway. But the pain that comes with the loss of a loved one is no less significant for the families of those missing persons who aren’t constantly in the news. New Zealand tourist Jamie Herdman, 26, and former Wanderers footy star Andrew Cooper, 46, are two such people who disappeared without a trace from NT towns, leaving families heartbroken and seeking answers. Mr Herdman was in Australia on a working holiday doing removalist work when, in late November 2006, he was last seen hitchhiking at Daly Waters. His Kombi van was found the following month, abandoned and unlocked, with no keys in the ignition and full of his possessions, near the High- the Northern Territory Football League grand final the next month. Cooper had played 168 games for Wanderers, including as part of the Eagles’ 1992-93 premiership side. Herdman, Cooper, Falconio and Moriarty are among the many people who have vanished in the NT that National Missing Persons Week, from August 2-8, recognises. and Alice Springs. National Missing Persons Week this week shines a light on the more than 2000 cases of missing persons nationwide to raise awareness in the hope the public can help authorities find answers to these tragic cases. Missing persons cases don’t get any more high-profile than Peter Falconio or Paddy Moriarty, who both disappeared in the most suspicious and head- Leave the Light On THE vast, rugged remoteness of the Territory is a mecca for the adventurous — but also a place of great sadness for many families whose loved ones have mysteriously disappeared. In the past 20 years, at least 13 people have disappeared in the Territory between Darwin Daryl’s way up high again DARYL Braithwaite has broken the age barrier at Australian commercial radio. The 71-year-old’s new single Love Songs was the 25th most played song on radio last week, putting him alongside Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. “It’s getting airplay on an extraordinary amount of stations,” Braithwaite (pictured) said. “There’s a glimpse of hope for older artists. If you have the right song you have a chance of getting it played. Age shouldn’t come into it. It does sound mighty on radio.” Love Songs is Braithwaite’s first Top 50 hit in 27 years. We’re extending financial support DV man on new charges A VIOLENT man on probation for DV offences has been refused bail after allegedly headbutting his ex-partner on Friday. The man, who cannot be named to protect the victim, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court via video link on Saturday, charged with contravening a domestic violence order and assault occasioning bodily harm. The incident allegedly took place in front of his two young children at Caboolture. He was denied bail on the basis his alleged attack represented a “significant escalation in violence”. But the man said: “I’ve not touched this woman; this is absolutely absurd. I can’t believe this is happening.” The matter will return to court on August 14. The Australian Government is extending JobKeeper until 28 March 2021 and the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support until 31 December 2020, after which income support will continue. Woman’s mystery death For JobKeeper and the temporary Coronavirus Supplement there will be some changes to payments and eligibility to support businesses and households who need it most. NSW Police has confirmed the skeletal remains found on the state’s far north coast two weeks ago belong to Thea Liddle, who hadn’t been seen since October last year. Now authorities are desperately trying to piece together what led to her death. Ms Liddle (pictured), 42, was last seen in the Mooball area in northern NSW on October 31. Her family reported her missing in January, prompting a largescale investigation into her disappearance. She was known to live a nomadic lifestyle, often camping along the Northern Rivers. It is understood a postmortem examination showed no signs of injury. For information on how these changes affect you, visit Australia.gov.au JobKeeper 28 Mar 2021 Hi-tech scanner on trial Payment A HI-TECH temperature checking device that can scan up to 30 people a minute is being trialled in Victorian businesses and a major hospital as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state. The iPad-sized thermal imaging device scans customers on their way into a store, letting off a beep if a person’s temperature is too high. Oliva Social owner Adam Cursio has started using the technology, developed by TScan thermometric body scanning solutions, at his bar in Preston. He said the “contactless” way of detecting temperature acted as an “extra security measure” against COVID-19. T-Scan director Chris Coppin said the device, which has a retail price of $4200, was under trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. 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