The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2019 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Residents rescued as deluge starts to ease THE deluge thats caused catastrophic flooding in Townsville is showing signs of easing on the 10th day of northern Queenslands onein-100-year big wet. But the rain was still coming yesterday as emergency workers used boats, choppers and tip trucks to rescue well over 1000 residents from Townsvilles flooded suburbs. They were helped by many other citizen heroes including some in an armada of fishermens tinnies who braved the murky snake and croc-filled floodwaters to help their neighbours. Scenes from the floodwaters show grim-faced residents carrying pets and whatever they could as they waded to dry land. The vigorous monsoon trough dumping the rain has begun moving south but it is unpredictable and dangerous conditions are expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours. About 1000 people remain in six evacuation centres but some residents are refusing to leave their homes. In flooded Hermit Park, near the city centre, Andrew Roberts says he and his wife, Cass, have food, water, and a radio and wont be leaving their home of 14 years. Its a little bit scary because when it floods in Townsville, the crocs get into the water, Mr Roberts said. My biggest concern is getting eaten. It makes crossing the murky water in their house to refuel the generator a hairraising experience, he said. Between 400 and 500 homes have been inundated.A Townsville resident in a flooded area Picture: EVAN MORGAN AUSTRALIAS construction watchdog is suing the NT Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union over claims of threats and intimidation at the Palmerston Police Station site. The Australian Building and Construction Commission launched proceedings against the CFMMEU and six of its Queensland-based officials, alleging they intimidated NT WorkSafe inspectors and demanded the head contractor shut down construction at the Palmerston Police Station site. ABCC commissioner Ste Construction works for the new Palmerston Police Station on Temple Terrace next to the super clinic. Inset: Arturo Menon of the CFMMEU Claims of intimidation at Palmerston Station phen McBurney said it currently had a case against the CFMMEUs construction division in every Australian state and territory. Weve got 37 cases in front of the court. Of those cases, 33 of them involve the CFMMEU, Mr McBurney said. The ABCC is claiming union officials engaged in adverse action, coercion and misrepresentation while at the site on May 14, 2018, and acted in an improper manner while exercising right of entry. It alleges the head contractor called ABCC officers and NT WorkSafe inspectors to the Palmerston Police Station site after two of the CFMMEU officials demanded the contractor shut the site down, claiming there were safety issues and threatened that the contractor would pay the price if it failed to do so. After the ABCC officers at tended the site, ABCC claims three CFMMEU officials told the sites Health and Safety adviser they were going to make it hard on him because the ABCC had attended the site and because NT WorkSafe inspectors were coming. Mr McBurney said as the industry regulator, the ABCC needed to step in and take strong action. WorkSafe inspectors are there to perform a critical function, they should be able to do their work without threats or fear or intimidation, he said. To try and shut down a site, we cant stand by and let that occur its very disappointing. Mr McBurney said this year, the ABCC had doubled its representation in the NT. We now have four trained inspectors in the Northern Territory, up from two staff members last year, he said. Mr McBurney said the ABCC was claiming this incident did not involve a genuine safety issue. The maximum penalty in this case is $63,000 for a body corporate and $12,600 for an individual. Mr McBurney said it could take three years to settle. CFMMEUs construction division has been contacted for comment. LAUREN ROBERTS We cant stand by and let that (a shutdown) occur S T E P H E N M C B U R N E Y Labor open to cutting NBN value THE Federal Opposition could be open to writing down the value of the national broadband network to help make internet more affordable. If elected, the Labor Party has vowed to fix the economics of the NBN and give broadband users access to more efficient fibre technology rather than copper cables, The Australian Financial Review reports. Labors communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said honesty on the broadbands future was necessary as the party finalises its policy for the network. Reducing the value of the NBN would reduce wholesale broadband prices, helping retailers such as Telstra, Optus and TPG Telecom. New data from the company in charge of the nations high-speed internet shows almost 160,000 people were left waiting in vain for a technician in the year from July 2017 to June 2018. Whats perhaps stranger, NBN Co reported in March the number of missed appointments since July was just 80,000, meaning it doubled in the final three months of the financial year. Australians are reasonable and do not expect perfection but they expect better than this, Ms Rowland said. Safe space for mental health A COLLABORATION between SANE Australia and Carers NT has provided Territorians with easier access to online mental health peer support services. SANE Forums provide people with mental health concerns a safe and anonymous online space to connect. Carers NT carer services manager Caitriona Bailey said it was important to expand the network to isolated communities. With greater reach and accessibility, we welcome the opportunity of connecting with the SANE network and providing another support service for Territorians, Mr Bailey said. The forums are not intended for crisis or counselling services, however, moderators will direct users to emergency services. Access SANE Forums at carersnt.saneforums.org.
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