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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017


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Alice Springs

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TUESDAY JUNE 6 2017 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA A number of positive ideas for reducing the cost of maintaining Gillen Park, in East Side, were raised at a community meeting on Wednesday night according to resident Graham Tjilpi Buckley. He said there was no disagreement at the meeting in changing the park to save on One of Alice Springs only local Grid Ambassadors this year, Ellen Schembri, said having male ambassadors would be a laugh. Itd be funny, and it would make the weekend an experience to remember, she said. Would they have their shirts off all weekend? I think it would distract the drivers more than anything. Although Ms Schembri doesnt think boy ambassadors Not rocket science for Alice park plan changes the watering bill currently $42,805 a year. There were about 20 residents at the meeting. There were a number of suggestions about what could be done, Mr Buckley said. There is too much grass in the park, especially down the southern end, that does not get used. One parent of a couple of young kids suggested a bike path a few metres in from the side of the road would be good while another idea was for a small community garden. The idea was for the park to be not just about swings and roundabouts but something to involve the whole family including the kids. People were told they could make personal submissions on what they would like and I am working on mine. Mr Buckley said on this issue of changing the nature of the parks the council was doing the right thing in talking to the people first as they were facilities. He said it was not rocket science to involve the people of the area in the planning of changes from the outset. Mr Buckley said people at the meeting had asked for more natural shade by planting trees. The council is growing trees beside Albrecht Oval which could be used and it has plenty of mulch out at the tip.. Deputy Mayor Jamie de Brenni said Gillen and Bowman Parks were selected as test cases to see where the council could cut down on its maintenance bill, especially in watering. Nothing will happen if the residents do not want it to happen, he said. That is why we are holding these public consultations. A public meeting will be held at Bowman Park 5.30pm tomorrow to see if there are ways to reduce the costs of maintaining the park. Steve Menzies WITH the announcement that Finke Grid Girls would be now known as Ambassadors, some around town have been asking, what about the boys? Feminist writer and activist Lauren Ingram supported the call for male Finke Ambassadors as she believes equality means women should get the opportunity to have some eye candy during the race. As a feminist, I am sick of not having a chance to ogle hot, shirtless men while watching the race, she said. Its time. After all these years, do something for women who enjoy racing give women the eye candy they truly deserve. Could brothers Brandon and Connor Winter, and Mike Jenkin be potential Finke Boys? Picture: Emma Murray should take on the same promotional role as the girls, she suggested that they could be useful in an MC capacity. It would be good to have a couple of people on the mic the whole time, she said. Brandon and Connor Winters mother Lauren agreed that it would be a fun idea to introduce boys into the mix. (My boys) would die, and I dont know if theyd do it, she said, with a laugh. But something has to happen. The Finke Desert Race Grid Girls have been a regular feature of the race for 14 years, with over 75 women taking on the much-sought after role. In 2016, the Finke committee decided to invite back previous Grid Girls instead of holding a competition. This year they decided to rebrand the Grid Girls to Grid Ambassadors. The Finke Grid Ambassador role has evolved since its inception to be different to other Grid Girl roles around Australia. Unlike other promotional modelling roles, the Finke Grid Ambassadors have a passion and interest in motorsport and volunteering. As well as bringing recognition and awareness of the race to a broader audience, the Grid Ambassadors become widely recognised. The Finke Desert Race President Anthony Yoffa chose not to comment when he was approached. Corey Sinclair Time for boys to have a go?Council cracks down on Sargent St park issue CONCERNS about safety on Sargent St are being addressed by the Alice Springs Town Council. This follows complaints about the vehicles parked along both sides of the road on the sweeping corner from 40 to 50 Sargent St. Councillor Brendan Heenan said he went out there recently and counted 30 vehicles with some parked across driveways. Acting chief executive officer Skye Price said a yellow line would be painted on both sides of the road indicating there would be no parking and no standing in the area. Any vehicles parked or standing in the area would attract a fine. Some of the vehicles currently on the road are unregistered. Deputy Mayor Jamie de Brenni said he had concerns how it might affect the office staff of business in the area.. There are ongoing management issues with the vehicles parked in the area, Ms Price said. Extensive letter drops have been carried out and we have not received any objections. The owner of the property adjacent to the area in question has a clever way of parking the vehicle so that the unregistered cannot be taken away. Time for seniors to get involved in community THE senior members of the community are being called on to get involved. Not only does National Seniors Australia provide an independent voice for the over 50s, it also offers a combination of benefits and services, including a national network of community branches. National Seniors Central Australia prescient Jan Dowson said the various branches provide a great opportunity to meet new friends, participate in social events, hear informative guest speakers and get involved in discussing community issues. As a member of National Seniors you are eligible to join your community branch. Non members are also welcome to come and see what theyre all about, she said. The Central Australia (Alice Springs) branch is an adventurous, friendly one which likes to get out and about to try new things like clay shooting, archery and gliding. It holds an annual over 50s race day and is looking to start a table tennis group, Ms Dowson said. The June outing is a visit to Gem Tree with an optional campfire dinner. The branch meets on the final Tuesday of the month at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort at 5.30pm. Contact Jan Dowson on 8952 3344 for more information. Aboriginal doctors and nurses to be celebrated THE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Excellence Awards are open for nominations. Minister for Health Natasha Fyles has urged Territorians to get behind the awards that recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners for their talent, skill and dedication in providing quality health care services. The Northern Territory is the birth place of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner profession, Ms Fyles said. We have the longest serving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner workforce in the country, stretching back to 1977. We believe every Territorian has the right to access high quality services and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners are key to delivering this. The categories are remote practitioner, urban practitioner, specialist practitioner, new practitioner, and legend (Overall Winner). The awards are held in partnership with the NT Department of Health, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, the Australian Government Department of Health, Rotary and United Voice. Nominations close Monday June 26, with winners announced at a gala event in October. As a feminist, I am sick of not having a chance to ogle hot, shirtless men while watching the race PAGE 3 BOYS

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