The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA We have had the same problem from the past three years I dont know why they are not filling up the whole. R E S I D E N T S A M K A N S A L A MASSIVE hole in the ground which formed a part of the Gunner Governments housing development plan remains an untouched quagmire nearly a year on. The former site of the Asti Hotel on Smith St in Larrakeyah is filled with rain water and has left neighbouring residents scratching their heads. In February last year, Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy announced the $40 million redevelopment plan The huge pit that is causing such a stink for Larrakeyah residents including, inset, Ashish Agarwalon and Deepti Agarwal Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Hole lot of trouble for Larrakeyah residents for a two-storey social housing development. Resident Sam Kansal owns an apartment on Montoro Ct, adjacent to the site and said the hole had plagued his tenants for years. He said the wet season rain water which fills the hole remained stagnant for months. Theres a breeding problem, we are getting sick because of the decontaminated water. We are getting dirt in our house, we have to clean it twice a day almost, everything comes inside, Mr Kansal said. Originally the plan was to build a hotel there, now they do not have any plans, he said. When I rang council they said its not councils problem, NTG says its pollution department, they sent me to the department of health, it goes back and forward. Previous tenants didnt pay rent and asked for compensation because they got sick. With the Darwin market its very quiet so its very hard to rent a unit nowadays. However, a Health Depart ment spokesman said in early December they contacted the NT EPA regarding the hole and were assured health and safety processes were followed. The NT EPA placed requirements on the site builders to ensure the water was safe to discharge to City of Darwin storm water and this must be in accordance with the NT EPA Guidelines to Prevent Pollution from Building Sites, she said. The NT News was unable to reach Gerry McCarthys office for comment yesterday. WILL ZWAR We are getting sick because of the water Terror act ruled out at airport POLICE say the operation to stop a knife-wielding man who was making threats at Brisbane Airports international terminal was very dynamic and challenging. Queensland Police say the incident which ended peacefully was not terror related, although the man had allegedly made threats about explosive devices. Commissioner Ian Stewart said the accused man had gone to extraordinary lengths to create a perception of risk, threat and fear. The male person is in custody and it has been shown that there was no danger to any person from any of these devices which have been found to be inert, he said. The incident began about 9pm on Saturday in the terminals food court, when the man allegedly pulled out a knife and put a metal object on a table, claiming it was a bomb. Labor to help blow the whistle WHISTLEBLOWERS who dob in dodgy bosses could reap a hefty reward if their tip-off leads to successful court action under a plan from Labor. The Oppositions proposal would also strengthen protections for private and public sector whistleblowers and set up an agency within the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to aid them. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is incredibly difficult at the moment for people to blow the whistle on crime and misconduct, with many people facing reprisals. Are we a country that says we want people to sacrifice everything to expose illegality or corruption and then we punish them? he told ABCs Insiders. What our plan means for people who are doing the wrong thing is that just beware of the person next to you because they might want the reward and not put up with the corruption. Get your Incredibles 2 Book tomorrow Copyright 2019 Disney/Pixar. Just with the paper $2.80* Featuring your favourite Disney and Pixar characters MagicalStory.com.au Collect all 15 Books until February 16 *Books 2-15 are available for $2.80 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian from 03/02/2019 - 16/02/2019. Total collection $67.00. Available at participating newsagents and Woolworths supermarkets while stocks last. One Book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Copyright 2019 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved. *Paper + Incredibles 2$4.50