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The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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04 NEWS TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 A PAIR of pensioners have put out a warning to others that installing the NBN could put invalid elderly people at risk. Alice Springs pensioners Peter and Gwen Lewis only discovered their current emergency care alert system wouldnt work with the NBN after it broke down. Mrs Lewis, 77, has to wear an alert system due to her acute rheumatoid arthritis. She cant walk without assistance. Andrea Johnston Im really dependent on that thing around my neck. A few times Ive fallen, and one time I sat for six hours, said Mrs Lewis. The couple had no idea the system would stop working once they switched over to the NBN. The way we found out about the new system was that Gwen broke her old care alert and I rang up to get a replacement, Mr Lewis said. I found that thanks to the NBN ignoring people like Gwen and being reliant on a system that has to have the power on all the time, theyve developed a new wireless system thats not reliant on the landline or the modem, its a stand-alone thing. The couple now have one of the new stand-alone care alerts on order, but wanted to warn others about the risk. I think quite a few people in town are feeling ignored by the NBN, Mrs Lewis said. The NBNs SA and NT corporate affairs manager Jill Bottrall said the company had an integrated package of measures to support medical alarm users through the transition to the new system. Ms Bottrall said letters and pamphlets had been sent out and the company was making individual contact Emergency system wont work on NBN with people on a medical alarmregister. Alice Springs residents should be aware that the existing Telstra landline service will begin disconnecting from December this year and full disconnection is likely by the end of February 2018, she said. NBN urged users of such alarms to see if they were eligible for the medical alarm subsidy scheme. For more info, contact the NBNs medical alarm register on 1800 227 300. Peter and Gwen Lewis are worried about the effect the NBN could have on other people who use a care alert system Picture: EMMA MURRAY Alert over care alarms 2018 Finke event role call issued COULD you be the next Finke Desert Race Ambassador? Applications for the 2018 Finke Desert Race Grid Ambassador Team are closing soon. The team, previously known as the Finke Grid Girls, offers a job unlike many other promotional modelling positions, and the ambassadors play a pivotal role behind the scenes of the internationally renowned event. The girls assume different roles during the race weekend, and get to experience unique adventures around Central Australia like quad biking, hot laps in off-road trophy trucks and buggies, and camel riding. The 2018 team will be headed up by previous grid ambassador Jordyn Lucas from Melbourne. Ms Lucas and the race event organisers are currently on the hunt for five women from around the country who are outgoing and passionate about motorsport. Applicants will be short-listed and selected based on their personality, appearance, commitment and understanding of the role, and how well they interview. If youre interested in the role, go to finkedesertrace.com.au to apply today. Hurry, because applications close tomorrow (Wednesday November 1). Modernising the language of Anti-Discrimination Act Introducing new protections for gender, sexuality, domestic violence and socioeconomic status Rights for carer assistance animals Introducing specific anti-vilification laws Expanding the definition of work Introducing a representative complaint model Some of the issues this review will consider are: Public consultations will be held at: 3 November 10.00 am People who want to attend are requested to register for the event by phoning 8935 7668 or emailing policy.agd@nt.gov.au CASA Central Office, 6/5 Hartley Street The NT Government plans to modernise its Anti-Discrimination laws. PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS HAVE YOUR SAY DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND JUSTICE www.justice.nt.gov.au 09 20 CS Th e secret is at the tablTh e secret is at the table BARRA ON TODD R E S T A U R A N T A N D B A R PH 8951 4545