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FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Sweet new home for infamous strip club JUDITH AISTHORPE THE $4 billion in gas and transportation contracts which still have 16 years to run will add to the financial exposure of PowerWater, its chairman has revealed. The costs will be partly offset with PwC confirming it had made sales of between $200 million and $300 million but would not confirm to who. The gas contracts were established in 2008 and require PwC to pay for gas even if it does not use it. It has been an issue for successive governments due to the large amount of gas which is paid for but never used. Appearing before estimates, PwC chairman John Langoulant said gas contracts and future tariff changes forced on it by the national energy regulator are the two largest risks facing the organisation. The Australian Energy Regulator is looking at what tariff levels it will require of PwC. We can speculate on where they might come out in terms of the tariff levels, he said. It will essentially come Gas bill creates $4b risk for PwC down to tariff levels. That means what revenue do we have available to the organisation to provide services that the community should be provided services to. PwC chief executive Michael Thomson said the Northern Gas Pipeline, which will connect the Territory to the eastern seaboard, will move some of its excess gas. We have had new sales this year of about $200 million to $300 million in gas, so we are moving a lot of gas, he said. We are running out of firm gas but not spot price gas. You get a premium for being able to sell your gas at firm, rather than spot. Under questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro and Blain MLA Terry Mills, Mr Thomson said the impact of renewables on gas sales was unknown. TGen is our biggest customer in terms of electricity generation, so we are running off their forecast for gas, he said. If renewables is displacing some of what they are doing, it will come through in the forecasts they give to us. ASHLEY MANICAROS Honey Pot Club staff Telina Dyer and Zara Burnett in the new premises Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI No charge yet on pedestrian death A WOMAN died in Alice Springs on Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated man. A police spokeswoman said the woman was walking on Sadadeen Rd, attempting to wave down vehicles, before she was struck by a car around 6.40pm. The male driver, 52, stopped to perform CPR but the woman was unable to be revived. The driver was arrested, charged and bailed on the offence of driving with a midrange alcohol level. It is understood police will treat the drunk driving incident and the womans death as separate cases. As of late yesterday the driver was yet to give a statement or be charged in relation to the womans death. DARWINS infamous Honey Pot strip club has opened its doors again after a three year closure. Reviled by some and beloved by many, the iconic venue has been open for the last fortnight at new premises within Discovery Nightclub. It may have a new home, but its loyal patrons will notice it retains the same questionable charms which made it the favoured hangout for select sections of Darwin societies, including its red velvet chairs and Moulin Rouge theme. Owner Graeme Oates said dancers had been recruited from Perth and the Gold Coast and would regularly change around. Those looking to see male strippers will have to wait as there are currently no immediate plans to introduce them. Mr Oates said it was great to see the venue open once again. Were happy to be reopened after such a long time, he said. The brand is very strong and lots of the local regulars all know Honey Pot, the stickers are still around the place. Ive already had requests for them, I think they are starting to fade away on tackle boxes. The venue made headlines in late 2014 when Mr Oates applied to open the strip club on Smith St Mall opposite a childrens playground after the new owners of Hotel Darwin asked them to stop operating out of their premises. Honey Pot Club is open 10pm-4am Tuesday to Saturday. Concerns raised for self-funded retirees THE NT Council on the Ageing says self-funded retirees have not been treated as fairly as it would have liked under the Territory Governments revised Pensioner, Seniors and Carers scheme which starts in 10 days. COTA chief executive Sue Shearer said its position is that everyone should be treated equally and they should receive all the concessions. We do feel that self-funded retirees, some of them are on low incomes as well, that they really havent been treated quite as fairly as we would like, she said. However this is a really good start, but we have a long way to go. We will lobby harder for the particular concessions we are after.