The Northern Territory news Mon 29 Aug 2016
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MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA off for a week so why is it OK to do it without notice or explanation to the Bagot Community, he asked. After contacting the Power and Water Corporation, the NT News was told the power was disconnected after a request for disconnection was C O L I N T I D S W E L L munity had been powered for more than 20 years by the Government corporation so she could not understand how the decision to disconnect had been made without notifying the administrator. THE Bagot Community had every one of its street lights switched off without warning after the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) disconnected its meter box leaving the 400 residents in the dark for almost a week. The power was only reconnected four hours after the NT News contacted Power Water seeking an explanation. Maintenance responsibility for the street lights in the suburb lies with the Bagot Community, which has been in voluntary administration since October last year, after the Power and Water Corporation decided to call in $701,000 of Street lights were switched off in the Bagot community for a week. Marcus White, 6, was not happy about having dark streets at night Picture: ELISE DERWIN Fury as Bagot plunged into week of darkness water and sewerage debt. Yilli Housing chief execu tive officer Colin Tidswell contacted the NT News on Thursday to say power to the street lights had been disconnected suddenly on August 19. He said after getting in an electrician to examine the meter box, it became clear that the power had intentionally been disconnected. It is of utmost contempt to treat the residents of the community like this leaving them in the dark and risking the safety of children in the streets by flicking a switch, Mr Tidswell said. There would be uproar if every single power light in the suburb of Karama was turned made by the government retailer Jacana Energy. Jacana Energy told the NT News, however, that the Bagot Community was not a customer, therefore no request for disconnection could have been made. A Power and Water spokeswoman later confirmed the meter box within the community was unassigned, meaning no billing had been occurring to that meter as it had never been listed with Power and Water. When it was discovered that it had been unassigned, the PWC disconnected power to the entire suburb. Bagot Community chief Helen Fejo-Frith said the com MARIA BILLIAS Why is it OK to do it without notice? Cricket to join mile high club WATCHING the cricket live while youre flying across Australia may soon be a possibility as Qantas improves the speeds of its on-board Wi-Fi. Flights to and from Darwin are some of the longest in the country, with customers travelling to Melbourne having enough time to watch an entire match of Twenty20. The live-streaming of cricket is part of the airlines partnership with Cricket Australia. In February, the airline announced plans to roll out free high-speed Wi-Fi internet access from 2017 on its domestic fleet of Boeing 737-800s and Airbus A330s but is now looking into also offering Wi-Fi on smaller aircraft, including the QantasLink fleet, as well as international aircraft. Council tests its party spirit DARWIN Council will tomorrow night vote on whether or not to spend $15,000 on a Christmas pool party. The proposal from the Community and Cultural Services committee suggests the pool party become an annual part of the Christmas in Darwin program. The report proposed for council to refer $15,000 to the 2016-2017 first quarter budget review for the delivery of the 2016 Christmas Pool Party, and an additional $15,000 for the delivery of the party as a consideration for the 2017-2018 budget process. Witnesses key to injured man POLICE are calling for witnesses as a man remains in a critical condition in Alice Springs Hospital after he sustained injuries consistent with being hit by a car. The incident occurred at 7am on Saturday in Whittaker St, Alice Springs. Ambulance crews who responded to the call found a collapsed 56-year-old man and contacted police after they realised his injuries were consistent with being hit by a vehicle. Police are asking witnesses who saw the incident or saw the man on the ground to call 131 444. They are also requesting any businesses on Whittaker St or near the old Clarke Rubber store and Tyre Power who have CCTV to contact the investigators. Woman killed as car rolls at night A WOMAN died and a man suffered serious injuries in a car rollover 15km out of the Finke Community on Saturday night. The pair, believed to be in their 40s, were involved in the single-vehicle crash just before 8.30pm. The man was medivacced to Alice Springs. Meanwhile, Katherine Police were yesterday seeking Ronnie Booth, 85, who wan dered from the Rocky Ridge Nursing Home about 1pm. Mr Booth (pictured) suffers from numerous medical conditions and may be disoriented. Described as frail, he was wearing jeans and a longsleeved checked shirt with a white T-shirt underneath when he went missing. Anyone who has information is urged to contact the police on 13 14 44. Stakeholders welcome new Chief THE Keep Top End Coasts Healthy Alliance has welcomed the new Territory Government but called for swift action to progress a plan for the protection of the Top Ends coasts and lifestyle. Australian Marine Conservation Society spokeswoman Jacqui Taylor said it was clear the health of our coasts was a key issue this election. All major parties except the CLP made commitments to develop a plan to protect our unique northern waters and incredible way of life, Ms Taylor said. The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association congratulated Mr Gunner and said it would work with the new government to secure the Territorys energy future. APPEA chief executive Matthew Doman said the gas industry was keen to see an end to Labors fracking moratorium. There is no reason for a moratorium on the gas industry in the NT, Mr Doman said. Every reputable study confirms that, properly regulated, our industry is safe. Mr Doman said political parties that campaigned hardest against fracking received little support.