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Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015



Katherine Times Wed 19 Aug 2015


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www.katherinetimes.com.au KATHERINE TIMES, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 2015 9 > WEATHER watch Extended seven day outlook for Katherine issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Darwin. Forecast: Sunny. Light winds southeasterly 15 to 20km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the early afternoon. Max temp: 31 to 36 degrees Min temp: 11 to 16 degrees Circulated in Katherine, greater Katherine district, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and available throughout most other centres in our great Northern Territory. Katherine Times Tuesday 11/08/2015 DRAW 1121 01 15 04 32 11 09 37 SUPP 44 34 Wednesday 12/08/2015 DRAW 3477 32 27 06 15 02 14 SUPP 42 13 Thursday 13/08/2015 DRAW 1004 05 11 26 01 12 39 POWERBALL 14 Saturday 15/08/2015 DRAW 3555 36 23 12 06 28 26 SUPP 43 27 SUPER 66 855798 POOLS 15/08/2015 DRAW 1568 04 28 26 38 11 19 SUPP 02 Monday 17/08/2015 DRAW 3478 42 41 17 14 12 25 SUPP 31 44 >> your say Phone 8972 1111 Fax 8971 0120 Published by Fairfax Media ABN: 34 010 272 241 Manager Duana Job duana.job@fairfaxmedia.com.au Editor Lyndon Keane lyndon.keane@fairfaxmedia.com.au Administration Assistant Leah Lambert leah.lambert@fairfaxmedia.com.au Address: Shop 4, 22 Katherine Terrace, Katherine NT 0850 Postal: PO Box 42, Katherine NT 0851 Website: www.katherinetimes.com.au Text YOUR SAY to 0419 891 666 or send an email to editor.kathtimes@fairfaxmedia.com.au www.facebook.com /KatherineTimes LETTERS to the editor ... email editor.kathtimes@fairfaxmedia.com.au Criticism for critics outlook I WAS interested to read a letter to the editor that appeared in the Katherine Times last week, where a local resident criticised the local Member Willem Westra van Holthe for bringing funding into the community. Let me assure the local member that this viewpoint is not shared by the rest of the community. I am always happy to see government funding come into our region, particularly when it is directed towards improving what is a major blight on our communityaddiction. Mr Francais, an education for you. The Community Benefit Fund supports sports and arts initiatives, along with groups like Network Tindall and Katherine Craft. Each and every one of these initiatives deserves funding, and I am disappointed to see you publicly dismissing an organisation who does such good work for the people of Katherine. - Merrilyn Stopp, Katherine AS AN avid and long-term reader of the Katherine Times, I must ask why you continually publish the views of a man who most certainly does not represent the views of the majority of Katherinites. Surely you are tired of the negative drivel that comes from Bruce Francais? It would be lovely to actually read the opinions and thoughts of others who live in this wonderful town and have something positive to say. - Kit Jolley, Katherine Aquifer survey too little, too late DOES anyone else think the timing of the Northern Territory governments Tindall Aquifer groundwater survey is more about establishing some environmental credibility than it is about really finding out about our most precious resource? Land Resource Management Minister Willem Westra van Holthe is spot on when he told your publication last week that very little is known about the water resource. The problem is, the government did not seem to care about this fact when it issued water licences which were later found by the Northern Territory Supreme Court to require reviewing. If the court ruling had not have been made against the government, would it have announced a survey of the Tindall Aquifer? I think not. It is too late to fill important knowledge gaps in what we understand about the Territorys groundwater supply when a develop-at-all-costs government has already signed off on providing much of the resource to the highest bidders. - Name and address withheld Near-miss should sell market move I FEEL compelled to have my say on the Katherine market after almost running over people crossing the Victoria Highway to get to it on Saturday. As I attempted to turn off the Stuart Highway towards the Victoria Highway car park, what I believe were five older tourists stepped off the traffic island and crossed the road, oblivious to my four-wheel drive only metres from them. I am not sure if they understood how close they came to being run over by crossing right on the junction of two national highways, a spot where drivers had no chance to see them or stop. It is hard to imagine a market being held somewhere like Darwin that would put people in harms way each weekend by making them cross such busy roads. Dont get me wrong I adore the vibe of the Katherine market and try to get to it whenever Im around in the dry season, but Id hate for the atmosphere to be spoiled by a road tragedy. There has been plenty of chatter through your August 5 article (Council reignites market location debate) and letters to the editor that followed it about why the council should look at making the market committee move to the facility near the tourist information centre. After nearly running over a group on its way to the market, I think it makes sense as the only safe, long-term option. Please, Katherine Town Council, make the unpopular decision to ensure that everyone who likes strolling through the market on a Saturday morning does not have to worry about traffic to do so. - A. Davy, Darwin DOES Katherine Town Council need someone from the community to come and draw nice, colourful pictures explaining why the market needs to be moved to a spot that is not next to two highways? I have been reading with interest the letters to the editor that have circulated since the council decided to have another crack at standing up to the market committee. Each letter echoes what the councils own officers have said in numerous reports since 2013 that people think it is far too dangerous to keep the market in Ryan Park. Community members think it. The more intelligent council staff think it. What is stopping a decision actually being made in light of all the evidence? I am more than happy to bring crayons and a sketch pad to the next council meeting if it will assist mayor Fay Miller and her team make a decision that, although likely to ruffle a few feathers, will make things safer for the residents and visitors who love starting their weekends at the market? - Name and address withheld EDITORIAL ... IT IS time to reach for the Jaffas and oversized soft drink, because it looks like Katherinites will have more alternatives than ever when they help elect a new Northern Territory government 12 months from now. Political options and theatrics go hand-in-hand in this part of the world and, based on the trailer following the unveiling of the 1 Territory Party last week, the battle for Katherine is shaping up as having all the elements of a Hollywood blockbuster. And the candidates have not even been announced yet. While it remains to be seen which names will appear on the ballot paper in 2016, it is likely that voters will have at least four or five options when they elect the next Member for Katherine. The most interesting addition to the line-up will be the candidate waving the 1 Territory Party flag, following president Bradeon Earleys assertion that the fledgling party plans to shake up how the business of government is done in the NT. Stating a-matter-of-factly that parliamentarians have no place being pissed while representing Territorians has ensured that, not only is the upcoming campaign likely to receive anything less than an MA15+ rating, but that the party will be the darling of voters frustrated by traditional political perspectives. Punchy one-liners aside, any candidate planning to fight for one of the safest seats in the Territory next year - irrespective of whether are independent or the mouthpiece of a party - needs to ensure the betterment of the Katherine community is their impetus for doing so. One thing is for sure: Katherinites are going to need more popcorn before the votes are tallied and the credits roll in 2016. Plenty of options for voters as blockbuster takes shape EACH week, the Katherine Times team takes dozens of photos that never end up making it onto the pages of the paper, so we have decided to introduce Bright Spot to share a few of them with our readers. Better yet, wed like to share some of your quirky and cute photos with the Katherine community. It doesnt matter whether it is a shot of a stunning sunset, a snap of your firstborn dressed up like a Disney character, an eye-catching grab from a community event or anything in between - we want to see what you are looking at through the lens. Email your highresolution photos to editor.kathtimes@fairfaxme dia.com.au, remembering to include your full name and a brief story behind the image. If you happen to grab a great shot with your smartphone, you can also send it to 0419 891 666. HOT BOOT: Strikers Sam Dingle scatters the oppositions as he gets the ball out of the middle of his boot during his teams junior soccer match-up against Dominators on Saturday morning. > BRIGHT Spot

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