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The Northern Territory news Tue 25 Oct 2016



The Northern Territory news Tue 25 Oct 2016

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 25 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA DESPITE a three-year-old boy drowning in an unfenced spa earlier this year, Litchfield Council has baulked at a push to see the laws changed. Justin Morgan-Parke lost his life in January after wandering into a backyard spa at Herbert, which was unfenced. Currently pools and spas in the NT on properties over 1.8ha do not need to be fenced. In a report tabled at an Oc Council fenced in on law Petition fails to spark action despite toddlers death tober 20 council meeting, it was recommended the council write to the NT Governments Building Advisory Service to push for a change in the laws. This came after a community petition was tabled at a Litchfield Council meeting on September 21. Council wishes to express support for changed regula tions in the Northern Territory that would require fencing of all swimming pools, regardless of lot size, the report stated. However in a statement yesterday the Litchfield deputy mayor, councillor Christine Osborn, said that a decision was up to the government. Council does not have any control over pool fencing regulations, she said. At the October council meeting, council resolved that should the Northern Territory Government choose to review the pool legislation, the Litchfield Council will engage appropriately with the process. Community opposition at the council meeting cited the importance of local voices being heard and concerns over cost shifting of the com pliance responsibility from the NT Government to the council. The online petition which has almost 1500 signatures online was set up by a friend of the family, Rebecca Newton. A beautiful little soul has been lost, because he wandered off for a minute. It didnt have to happen, the petition stated. The Royal Life Saving Society NT executive director Floss Roberts said residents at Litchfield would be most affected because of the high proportion of larger blocks in the area. I think at least (council) could consider making a recommendation to the government to review the legislation, she said. We believe that the legislation should be amended so that every home swimming pool and spa needed to have a fence around them. JUDITH AISTHORPE Public holidays for festive workers LEGISLATION is expected in Parliament today making part of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve public holidays for thousands of workers across the Territory. The NT News understands the Gunner Labor Government will ensure the legislation will be in place for the holiday season. It is expected the penalty rates will kick in from 7pm to midnight on Christmas Eve and NYE, meaning shift workers who have to work after will be entitled to the extra pay. Chamber of Commerce NT chief executive Greg Bicknell said he had heard this was happening but had not seen the final piece of legislation. Nationally, penalty rates has been a major debate because we believe it cuts job opportunities, he said. We will wait and see what it looks like it will impact on the public and private sector. Retailers, hospitality workers in hotels, pubs and clubs, and cinemas will all be impacted. Public sector workers including all emergency services workers are expected to benefit. It is not known what the cost of the additional penalty rates will mean to business or the public service. Asbestos removal from NT beach ASBESTOS left on Darwin beaches for years is this week being removed. A Parks and Wildlife Commission NT spokeswoman said asbestos-containing material was identified on Darwin beaches including Rapid Creek a few years ago and that removal had since been undertaken. Public safety is our top priority and thats why we imple mented an asbestos management plan requiring regular removal of asbestos from Casuarina Coastal Reserve including Rapid Creek Beach, she said. This bonded asbestos material is safe if left alone, especially as it is getting wet each day. The risk to the public is created if its disturbed so removing fragments of this once popular building material is a top priority. Asbestos was dumped across much of Darwin following World War II and Cyclone Tracy and started washing up on some Darwin beaches in 2011. The material is found particularly along the high tide line, and Thursdays removal has been timed to occur between the high and low tide. Darwin Men's Shed president Peter Hendry is confident the group will find a new home Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Darwin Mens Shed looks for a new hom e DARWINS Mens Shed is on the hunt for a new home. The group has operated rent-free out of St Vincent de Pauls Coconut Grove headquarters for the past three years but a restructure in the way the charity operates means theyll no longer fit in the Dick Ward Drive premises. Mens Shed president Peter Hendry said he was sure the group would find a new place to hang up the toolbelt. Im very confident well find a venue where our current (rent-free) conditions will still be there for us. Maybe well have to pay contribution to power because power is very expensive these days but Im sure well find somewhere, he said. Our entire committee is all volunteers. The money we raise ourselves and that is donated to us by other organisations all goes towards providing facilities to our members. The Darwin Mens Shed has been providing conversation and a creative outlet for Top End blokes for five years. It started life at Nightcliff Middle School before moving to Coconut Grove three years ago. Mr Hendry said it had helped dozens of men through rough times. Weve had a couple of people come to the shed in fairly difficult circumstances, he said.

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