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TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA EIGHT locals who recently finished a pre-employment civil construction course are smiling after most of the group walked straight into jobs upon completion. The three-week program was held at Olive Pink Garden where the trainees not only learned new skills but made improvements to the not-forprofits grounds. Training company Civil Train was responsible for delivery of the course, and NT manager Mark Hopkins said the results are exciting. Weve run numerous programs before and theyve been successful, but none as successful as this, he said. Rather than a generic upskilling weve directed this training towards skills that are required for work that is currently available. As a result four participants gained employment before they even finished the course, and we have other companies interested in the other four participants. Graduate Cayne Clarke said he found the course challenging, but learning to use the different machinery has been empowering. Ive come a long way, he said. At first I thought I would have struggled, but I started to pick it up. Im proud of myself (for finishing), and my family would be proud of me. The program was funded by the Northern Territory Government, with support from local companies which provided equipment and services to help the participants complete their training. Mr Clarke said running the course at Olive Pink gave participants the opportunity to work on a real project. Weve run it out of Olive Pink so that we arent just digging a hole and filling it, which is how the trainees would usually learn, he said. It was a win-win for all. Cayne Clarke finishing improvements to Olive Pink Garden on the last day of his training course with Civil Train. Picture: EMMA MURRAY A STRONG future economy depends on the Territory getting beyond electoral cycles and egos, a summit in Alice Springs has heard. Business and industry need certainty to create jobs and drive our economy, Chief Minister Michael Gunner told delegates on Friday. It was the penultimate session in a series of public con Ideas wanted for future Dream for Alice Springs as Australias inland capital sultation sessions which have enabled to public to bring ideas to help the Government write a 10-year infrastructure plan. A final economic summit will take place in Darwin tomorrow. I dont believe anyone in this room doubts the potential we have here in Central Australia, Mr Gunner said. Resources and mining potential, agribusiness and cattle potential, solar potential, tourism potential no matter what some news stories say and of course, we have the small business potential. A snapshot of the NT economy in a handout given to delegates, said the NTs population was 244,880, with 140, 604 of them employed. The average weekly wage was $1792. Mr Gunner warned we were working against unprecedented economic headwinds and encouraged people to rip up and put back together the draft plans, in the hope of securing the regions future. Its about identifying those tangible and specific opportunities and just as importantly rejecting ones which may be outside our scope, he said. The Alice Springs-born politician spoke passionately about the town as Australias inland capital and developing it as a destination in its own right. We will lift the town centre into something special, showcasing our unique histories and stories, showcasing our place in the nations consciousness. The heart of this rejuvenation will be the National Indigenous Arts Centre, Mr Gunner said. He aims to gain a greater slice of Chinese tourism market, and to make Alice Springs a hub for solar power. Read more on the summits at economicsummit.nt.gov.au Andrea Johnston Win-win for training program Emma Murray Inquiry into reliance of FIFO workers in NT AN inquiry into the continued reliance on fly-in, fly-out workers across the Northern Territory could be on the cards, if the Maritime Union of Australia gets its way. Branch secretary Thomas Mayor used the weekends NT ALP conference to call for the inquiry. He said given the bleak economic forecast, it was crucial that jobs go to local workers first and said he was heartened that the party backed the motion. There is not enough scrutiny on companies who make promises to promote local jobs, Mr Mayor said. There are a lot of genuine challenges for the NT economy coming up. It would be smart to identify what the impact is on wages leaving the Territory. People not living here or spending their money here, it all impacts our economy. Mr Mayor said while the party supported the motion there was still some discussion to have (with Government) but we expect them to keep their commitments. A Labor Government spokeswoman said Labor was committed to fewer FIFO workers and more people living and working in the Territory. We will work to achieve that, she said. We take this feedback seriously and will consider the concerns raised at this weekends Labor conference. No time frame for an inquiry was given. The conference also passed an MUA motion to support the restructuring of Work Health and Safety Authority to provide a safer workplace for maritime workers following the death of a worker in January. Other motions that passed at the conference included condemning the federal Coalition Government for budget slashing and penalty rates. Secretary Kent Rowe said the party also reconfirmed its commitment to seeing out the inquiry into fracking. Last week in Parliament the Government said a decision on whether to repeal the fracking moratorium will be made by Cabinet after the release of Rachel Peppers report, which is expected to be completed later this year. Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice COMMUNITY NOTICE NOTIFIES PROPOSAL OF A PERMANENT, PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE Pursuant to part 7 of the Local Government (Administration) Regulations Alice Springs Town Council proposes to permanently close the laneway between Lots 4037 (12 Tucker Street) and 4039 (10 Tucker Street) and Lots 4050 (11 Ludgate Street) and 4049 (9 Ludgate Street). A copy of the survey plan S 72/192A is available for inspection free of charge at the Alice Springs Town Council Civic Centre during business hours, and from the Council website at www. alicesprings.nt.gov.au/news Any objections must be received by Council no later than close of business Tuesday 18 April 2017.
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