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News 02 SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 NTNE01Z01DS - V2 but rather to be a uniform of office and used to respect and honour the people the mayor represents. Howard Springs local Katie Stevens questioned councils spending priorities. I dont really see the need (for the robe), she said. Id prefer to see the money spent improving some of the roads, or even on sponsoring community events. That kind of money can make a big difference to our schools. Litchfield just got a bit fancy LITCHFIELD Councils plan to spend $2265 on mayoral robes has been heavily criticised by independent Member for Nelson Gerry Wood. Mr Wood said Litchfield had a tradition of being rural, looking rural, feeling rural and supporting rural, and he could see no logical need for the cash splash. Fancy mayoral wear is definitely not rural, he said. To some extent they are losing that rural outlook on their job which is not about how you dress, its about looking after the rural area. Mr Wood said the money set aside for the new robe and gold chain should be put back into normal revenue and used to plant trees, or do something else which could be useful for the community. I just think they should drop the whole idea, he said. Litchfield Council executive officer Kaylene Conrick said the proposal would cost about $2265 $880 for the gown, $150 for the collarette and $1235 for the mayoral pendant. Ms Conrick said with the population of the Litchfield municipality now at 24,000, it was appropriate the mayor had customary mayoral robes. The wearing of the mayoral robes and pendant appropriately marks formal occasions, Ms Conrick said. Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs councils all have mayoral robes. The robes are a small, inexpensive way of the mayor presenting professionally and being easily identified as the Mayor of Litchfield at events and functions. Litchfield Mayor Maree Bredhauer said, if re-elected next month, she would wear the robes with respect. Mayoral robes are a symbol of office, she said. It is not intended to highlight or glorify the individual, LAUREN ROBERTS Eyeing off future of NT science DARWIN high school students have unleashed their ideas and creativity at the Questacon Invention Convention. The convention was a three-day program for students aged 14-18, developed by science institution Questacon. It gave students a practical insight into innovation and entrepreneurship. Local industry mentor Sue Samuelsson led participants in prototyping unique solutions to real-world problems, using existing and emerging technology. Dr Samuelsson is the chief executive of i-Vet, a global veterinary service delivered through video conference. During the convention, participants created prototypes using hi-tech equipment like modular electronics and robotics, as well as simple materials and tools. The program included activities focused on innovation, prototyping and communication. This marks the first time Litchfield Council will purchase the mayoral robes and pendant, but the ensemble will be passed down to each consecutive mayor from now. The purchase is to be made after the August election. Are mayoral robes rural enough? Judy Hannan models an example with her horse, Molly Dr Susanna Samuelsson INCREASING THE PENSION AGE TO 70 Advertisement Malcolm Turnbull wants to increase the pension age to 70. That will mean Australia will have the oldest pension age in the world. If the Liberals get their way, everyone born from 1 January 1966 onwards will have to work until they are 70. This means that someone who turns 51 in 2017 is affected. A worker in their fifties may have already started planning for their retirement, only to have the goal posts shifted. Malcolm Turnbull is seriously out of touch. How can he expect builders, farmers and nurses to work until they are 70? The former Labor Government did introduce an increase to the pension age, raising it to 67, at the same time that Labor increased the pension by $30 a week. Increasing the pension age to 67 brings Australia into line with similar countries around the world. The Abbott-Turnbull Government has been relentless in their attacks on pensioners. The Liberals also teamed up with the Greens to cut the assets test. Labor opposed this cut to the assets test because we believe the policy is flawed. Labor has committed to an independent review into the pension assets test. We want to make sure the pension is as effective as possible; that it interacts effectively with the superannuation system and incentivises saving as much as possible. ConneCt with warren WARREN SNOWdON MP Federal Member for Lingiari Follow me on social media, connect with me through the website or contact me via the electorate office. @snowdonmp @manwiththemo www.warrensnowdon.com 1300 301 725 Warren Snowdon Member for Lingiari AGE CARE IN YOUR HOME goldenglownursing.com.au | (08) 8927 2756 LOCAL CARE FROM LOCAL NURSES Darwins largest accredited mobile nursing service Golden Glow