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TUESDAY AUGUST 29 2017 NEWS 11 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA those in the Department of Attorney-General and Justice and Power and Water neck and neck for second place. Auditor-General Julie Crisps report recommended department chief executives monitor employees leave entitlements better. Under public service rules, department heads can compel employees with more than two years of leave entitlements owing to them to take time off to reduce the governments liability. Mel Balkan, Manon Piat, and Kate Fielding at the Social Change Salon Picture: EMMA MURRAY Hairs a way to create social change CAN a hair salon create social change? Some young women think so, and theyre proving it at the Desert Festival. In amongst the scores of events at the festival, Mel Balkan, Kate Fielding and Manon Piat were stationed at their Social Change Hairdressing Salon in the festival hub from Thursday to Sunday last week. Under their supervision, friends, family and even strangers learnt to style each others hair in big and dramatic ways. But how can a new hairdo change a life? Ms Balkan, who brought the salon to Alice Springs, said that social change hairdressing is about more than just a fun hair style. In short, social change hairdressing is essentially using hairdressing to create meaningful connections across culture, gender, age, in diverse settings where sometimes thats really hard to reach, Ms Balkan said. She explained that she was working as a hairdresser for a long time, and decided that she wanted to do it in a more meaningful way. She met Ms Fielding, and the salon was born. Now Ms Balkan travels to remote communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, setting up her salon, which has turned into a refuge for some women. In my experience our salon has started to represent a safe space where people know they can come and engage and ask questions and feel good and feel included, she explained. And the concept is drawing people from all over the world. Ms Piat is a French hairdresser that funded her own trip to Alice Springs just to be a part of the salon at Desert Festival. Combining social work and hairdressing was a dream becoming accessible, she said. Ms Balkan said that many Desert Festival attendees started out apprehensive of the concept, but soon embraced it and walked away very excited by what they had experienced. Lauren Ingram 650 days of leave accrued ONE Northern Territory public servant has managed to rack up almost 2.5 years of annual leave and more than 10 per cent of those in government service have more than 12 weeks owing to them. The NT Auditor-Generals latest report shows the public servant with the most leave owing had 650 days in the bank. To put this particular employees entitlement into context and taking into account annual holidays and 30 day leave credit per annum, if this employee commenced leave on 1 April 2017, their annual leave and long service leave entitlements would allow them to be on fully paid leave until mid-February 2021, the report read. The total burden of outstanding leave in excess of 12 weeks represents a liability of $80.1 million to the Government. Employees of Police, Fire and Emergency Services are the most likely to have racked up outstanding leave, with The report also contains the results of the Auditor-Generals inquiries into allegations of corruption in the Housing Department. Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley referred the matter to the Auditor-General after a probity report found department officials withheld information from independent advisers and awarded the Alice Springs town camp management contract to Zodiac Business Services in apparent contravention of proper procurement processes in late 2015. Ms Crisps report found there remain areas for improvement in relation to the agencys procurement processes. She emphasised that her inquiries did not constitute a formal review or inquiry and recommended the department of housing appoint a suitably qualified probity adviser/auditor to look into the matter further. She found no disciplinary action had taken place against those who were believed to have acted improperly. Hayley Sorensen ...their annual leave and long service leave entitlements would allow them to be on fully paid leave until midFebruary 2021. 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Funding is available for: - Single activities / series of activities - grants from $1000 to $20,000 to conduct a new activity, or short series of activities, for young people during a school holiday period. - Activity programs - grants of up to $80,000 for an ongoing series of after-hours activities in collaboration with other service providers. Guidelines and application forms for this Territory Families funding available at nt.gov.au Youth activities grants - Alice Springs APPLY NOW! 06 89 CS