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The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Aug 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 29 Aug 2017


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TUESDAY AUGUST 29 2017 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA A MOTORCYCLE ride through Central Australia to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) almost ended in tragedy when Doug Mullett came off his bike 95km out of Yulara in 2015. Mr Mullett spent two weeks in Alice Springs Hospital before returning home to Melbourne, where he ended up in The Alfred Hospital for treatment of multiple pulmonary embolisms. He spent three days in intensive care. But not one to be stopped, Mr Mullett has returned to Central Australia on his Dont miss night markets ENJOY the crisp Centralian evening by venturing down to the Night Markets on Thursday. Held in the Todd Mall, there will be plenty of food, live entertainment and more available to keep you occupied. There will also be a selection of Red Centre Nats vehicles on display, for all the motor-heads and car lovers. The Alice Springs Town Council Night Markets are a popular event that is held throughout the end of the year. Other next night markets will be held on September 21, and October 12 and 26. There will also be a night market on November 16, and a special Christmas Carnival night market on Friday, December 1. NDIS roll out from July CENTRAL Australia can expect the National Disability Insurance Scheme to be rolled out from July 1, 2018. Senator Nigel Scullion said the NDIS is available in the Top End, and that people in Alice Springs, as well as the Central Desert and MacDonnell council areas can expect it to be rolled out from July 1. The disability scheme will provide about 6500 Northern Territorians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the support they need to live an ordinary life. These include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment. SENATORS are making a trip to Papunya today as part of an inquiry into the Community Development Program. A senate hearing was held in Alice Springs yesterday after Greens Senator Rachel Siewert initiated the action, prompted by continual criticism of the system which commenced in 2015. The CDP is a reformed version of the Remote Jobs and Communities Program and sought to deliver better economic outcomes in remote Aus CDP a national disgrace Senators visit Papunya to see discriminatory CDP tralia. It will be extremely valuable for us to see how the CDP works and talk to people on the ground, Senator Siewert said. I had a visit a couple of weeks ago to Warburton and talked a lot to providers, participants and the broader community. A hearing has been held in Kalgoorlie and there is another one yet to come in Canberra. Those who have made submissions to the inquiry include member for Namatjira Chansey Paech, who said his constituents were suffering quite badly under this program. Its a national disgrace, Mr Paech said. A system that penalises people, and is different for people in the bush than in urban centres, is discriminatory. Senator Siewert said a number of themes were starting to emerge, but there was so much evidence, the panel was likely to miss its initial reporting date of mid-September. People find it very demeaning, Senator Siewert said. The difference between the CDP and general work for the dole is demeaning because theyre asked to do meaningless things, theyre being penalised a lot. One respected elder was told to pick up rubbish outside his house. For women in particular theyre told to just do art. Now some people want to paint, some people dont. Senator Siewert said they had been made aware of positive impacts when people were able to find meaningful work, but the majority of evidence given had been negative. Mr Paech said quite often people just disengage. Its all very complicated and bureaucratic and people are going six weeks without social security because theyre being breached, he said. Mr Paech said people on aged care pensions were being forced to support those who were unable to access payments because of the program, and Senator Siewert said there were reports of a jump in crime because people need to eat. It is unclear when recommendations will be handed down, but Mr Paech said he had confidence in the process, and the knowledge of the senators conducting the inquiry. Id like to see measures that have come through from people on the ground, and building it so the community has ownership and wants to engage, Mr Paech said. Andrea Johnston Doug Mullett is back in town for the first time since spending two weeks in the Alice Springs Hospital in 2015. Picture: EMMA MURRAY Seniors still have talent ONE of the most successful Seniors months in history will come to an end tomorrow with the always popular Still Got Talent show. The 6th annual Seniors Talent Quest will be held at Witchettys at Araluen Arts Centre. Talent categories include singing, comedy, poetry, storytelling and any other talents. If you dont think of yourself as much of a performer, you can head along to enjoy the festivities of the free community event. However, places are limited so make sure you RSVP to mcameron@astc.nt.gov.au or call 8950 0567. Bookings are required so make sure you get in before everybody else does. journey to raise funds albeit this time behind the steering heel of a Toyota Prado. I rethhought my fundraising and am using a Toyota Prado, which has a picture of my accident on the rear side windows, he said. Mr Mullett was originally inspired to fundraise for the RFDS after he was marooned during a ride out in Tibooburra in 2014. He was discovered by station owners travelling to Broken Hill, who got RFDS to triage him. It was decided I would be flown out to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, he said. I resolved to fundraise for the RFDS and publicised, on Everyday Hero that I would do a ride from Cairns to Perth, through the middle to at least help to cover the cost of my evacuation. It was during this ride that he came off his motorcycle on May 17, 2015. Because of the road condition, the ambulance could only travel slowly with me on board, he said. We arrived at Yulara and I was cleaned up and stripped to have an operation with only painkillers, no anaesthetic, to drain a collapsed lung. A RFDS doctor arrived later with a nurse, he performed the operation and, after I was stable, I was taken by ambulance and loaded onto a Pilatus PC-12 and flown to Alice Springs. A few months later when Mr Mullett spoke at the RFDS AGM, he found out had cost the service more money than he had raised. I did the trip Cairns to Perth in May this year, to fulfil my obligation to my donors, he said. Currently Im in Alice Springs on part of an outback tour in WA, NT and SA. He thanked the emergency workers who helped him, including the staff at Alice Springs Hospital. Especially those who went out of their way to make a painful stay as pleasant as possible, he said. Fundraising riders trip to hell Corey Sinclair Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice COMMUNITY NOTICE Alice Springs Town Council wishes to advise residents of the following road closure due to road maintenance. From Saturday 2 September 2017 from approximately 4am 8am, the Wills Terrace Causeway will be closed to all road users. 5SBGkDXJMMCFEJWFSUFEUP4DIXBS[$SFTDFOU Causeway or Stott Terrace Bridge. We apologise for any inconvenience. For more information please phone Councils Works Manager on 0413 607 237. WORKS ROAD CLOSURE