The Centralian advocate Fri 11 May 2018
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FRIDAY MAY 11 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Local leaders in disagreement about Federal Budget 2018 MEMBER for Araluen Robin Lambley has welcomed the Federal Budget, saying it is great to see tax relief for many Territorians. This will help to boost the local economy. We absolutely need more Aged Care packages in Alice Springs. So that is also very good news. I applaud the Federal Gov ernment for their responsible management of taxpayers money. Braitling Member Dale Wakefield said, the addition of renal dialysis to the Medi care Benefit Scheme is welcomed but added, overall, Budget 2018 clearly shows the Federal Governments lack of investment into improving the lives of Central Australians and developing the North. There is no funding commit ment to make generational change and help implement the recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT even though they called for it. It is clear that Territorians are left behind in this Federal Budget. CLP Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price said, as part of the Turnbull Governments commitment to guaranteeing essential services, the More Choices for a Longer Life plan will help older Centralians live healthy and connected lives . Current Member for Lingiari Warren Snowden said the Budget was Malcolm Turnbulls last chance to fix five years of unfairness and he failed. RFDS Central Operations Chief Executive Officer John Lynch at the Adelaide Airport base, Picture: AAP Govt aim remains on Oval THE NT Government will push for the National Indigenous Art Gallery to be located at Anzac Oval, but the decision is not without its critics. Speaking in parliament earlier this week, Chief Minister Mike Gunner said the Anzac Oval precinct was the only place suitable for the gallery in Alice Springs. What we are building here is more than a shed, it is more than a tiny gallery, it is something of international significance and needs to be in a location that befits that, he said. The only place in the CBD that is capable of having this building is the Anzac Oval precinct. Mr Gunner stressed there were big benefits to housing the gallery in the CBD, and believed most Alice Springs residents wanted it there. He also left the door open for further engagement with Alice Springs Council, after they voted against signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government last month. We have to find a way through this, he said. We are happy to allow Council to take more time to work through how they deal with this and how we deal with them. Mr Gunner said despite the setback at last months Council meeting, there were more ways to work with Council on developing the Anzac Oval site. I thought the MOU was a very practical way of dealing with [this] having a way that we can formally work together, he said. You do not need an MOU we work with councils across the Territory all the time without MOUs. However, Araluen MLA Robyn Lambley scolded the Government for taking a Gunner knows best approach, ignoring the desire of the Alice Springs community. Despite the fact the Alice Springs Town Council rejected this notion last Monday night, the Chief Minister still thinks he knows best, she said. Ms Lambley said it was no clearer how the Government would move ahead with its plans to use Anzac Oval, which is owned by Council. Now it remains to be seen exactly how the Government will do this, she said. Will they attempt to compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval from the Alice Springs Town Council, or will they continue to work on wearing each of the Councilors down individually? Jack Price AFTER 32 years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Central Operations Chief Executive Officer John Lynch has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year. His remarkable contribution including 18 years as CEO has made a lasting impact on the organisation, according to Chairman of RFDS Central Operations Loretta Reynolds. Johns passion and commitment to meeting the needs of our patients has been second to none, balanced with his outstanding business acumen which directed unprecedented growth and financial security of the organisation, Ms Reynolds said. After starting his RFDS career as an accountant in Broken Hill 1986, Mr Lynch said he is grateful for the opportunity to work with some incredible people over the years. It has been a privilege to hold positions with an organisation that means so much to so many; to be able to go to work with the knowledge that every day someone among us will make a difference to someones life, somewhere in our vast land, sometime of the day, he said. Deputy CEO Tony Vaughan is believed to be stepping into the role when Mr Lynch departs. The news coincides with the announcement of the Federal budget, included in which is an $84m increase in funding for the RFDS to expand its mental health services. The new funding will pay for psychologists and mental health nurses in a mental health outreach clinic program due to begin operation by the start of next year. This will provide a muchneeded boost to mental health support for those people living in remote areas that do not currently have specialist mental health support. 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