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The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Jun 2017


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TUESDAY JUNE 6 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA NT Ministers act like wealthy philanthropists: Academic A Charles Darwin University researcher has likened the behaviour of government ministers to that of wealthy philanthropists. Alice Springs-based Dr Don Zoellner is about to launch a new book that traces the history of vocational training in the Northern Territory. The University Fellow with CDUs Northern Institute said elected government ministers had used vocational education and training as a philanthropic intervention in the lives of Territorians. Northern Territory ministers each year determine how to redistribute the $100 million plus vocational education and training budget to organisations and individuals, Dr Zoellner said. Decisions about the financial and programmatic ele ments of vocational education and training in the Northern Territory are made by a minister who is elected to serve as the philanthropist of the publics combined resources. Highly successful ministers have not allowed public servants to dominate their own finely tuned political instincts and knowledge of their electorates in determining how the public largesse is distributed. Dr Zoellner said this was not a criticism, but rather a critical observation through a particular perspective of a pattern of behaviour in the 39 years since self-government in the Northern Territory. If one wishes to understand the decision-making process used by ministers, and consequently how the training system works, knowledge of philanthropy and related be haviours, will provide a highly productive perspective, he said. By philanthropy, I mean the moral invitation to expand the horizons of their self-interest to include meeting the needs of others. Dr Zoellner said the book described and analysed the impact of European social, economic, bureaucratic and political practices in a remote and sparsely populated region. As well as being a chrono logical account of events, people and institutions, I offer an explanation of how the system actually works. The book will be launched by former Chief Minister Clare Martin at the Northern Territory Library in Darwin tomorrow, Wednesday June 7 at 5.15pm. RSVP via the CDU website. Rejoice over mining ban TRADITIONAL owners of the iconic Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park are rejoicing that mining and fracking is now officially off limits. The NT Government has declared a mineral and petroleum reserve over the park, which will prevent any future exploration and extraction. Central Land Council director David Ross congratulated the custodians on their victory. It just goes to show what can be achieved with a persist ent, patient and united campaign, Mr Ross said. Its great to see that the Gunner government is fair dinkum about correcting the mistakes of the past. In 2012 traditional owners of the Watarrka Park Land Trust were notified of a proposed grant of two Exploration Permit Applications over the entire park. They unanimously opposed the grant of those applications and sought to protect the park. OLSH middle school students Paddy Van der Geest-Hester, Vanessa Morick and Drew Willie with the Indigenous Dancing Group who performed for students. Picture: CHRISTINE ANSORGE OLSH got in spirit of reunion for week of history TO mark National Reconciliation Week (NRW), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) held a number of activities over its three campuses. Each year NRW celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey. This years theme for NRW was Lets take the next steps. To celebrate this significant event, OLSH worked with the Akeylerre elders to help organise a range of activities for the students to participate in. These included a traditional cook off of roo tails, aboriginal dancing and smoking ceremonies. A big part of the week was also to talk to students about key terms such as friendship, harmony, difference, respect, acceptance and understanding. In schools and early learning services reconciliation means working to understand and learn about different values and how we exist in many different ways and the benefits of learning about this. Alice Springs Library has also held a number of events for NRW, including a movie night and an afternoon tea. Obtain permission before flying over Finke race THE use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles along the 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Track is banned without prior permission being obtained from the event organisers. The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd recognises that a UAV can create observing and recording opportunities in motorsport that have historically either not been available, or only available at a high cost. However, the use of a UAV in an unregulated manner can create significant risk to others. This includes all drones remotely-controlled model aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, throw, and shoot flying cameras, tethered and unmanned tree balloons and more. No Logies for Territory THE Logies the biggest night of the year for Australian TV probably wont be coming to the Territory. Despite the chance to host the awards, Tourism Minister Lauren Moss has claimed the Gunner Government would not submit a bid to host the awards in 2018. She said, instead, the Gunner Government would invest $9 million into the NT film and TV industry over the next four years. The Territory Labor Government is the government that will make the Territory greater, but at this stage we will not be doing that by submitting a bid to host the Logies, she said. Bauer Media Group Womens Lifestyle and Entertainment general manager Jayne Ferguson welcomed the potential for a Territory bid for the annual event. While weve started early discussions about next years TV WEEK Logies and beyond were yet to receive any formal proposals, she said. Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice COMMUNITY INVITATION COUNCIL PARKS PROGRAM Council Parks Program 2017 proposes the review of park landscaping in two local parks. #PXNBO $MPTF 1BSL IBT CFFO JEFOUJkFE BT one of the parks that may undertake some landscaping initiatives that could save water and maintenance costs. A public information meeting with opportunity for residents to comment on the park plans will be held at: When: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 5:30pm 6:30pm Where: Bowman Close Park, Bowman Close, Araluen For more information contact the Councils 1SPKFDU0GkDFSPO