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16 NEWS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 THE iconic Henley on Todd Regatta has been given a boost ahead of the annual event this weekend, receiving $170,000 in funding to purchase a marquee and outdoor furniture. Chief Minister Adam Giles said event organisers would also receive funding to improve marketing efforts for BUSINESS cant afford for an incoming Territory Government to take its foot off any economic accelerators with fears the Oppositions planned economic summit may do more harm than good. The Chamber of Commerce NT chief executive Greg Bicknell said there were serious concerns the post-election period maybe used to adjust government spending. Another major business group, the NT Business Council, has warned an incoming government not to pander to the needs of individuals but the broader needs of business. We are concerned that the post-election period may be utilised by the incoming government as a period of adjustment to government spending, he said. The past year has shown how difficult it can be to turn the ship around. We have fears Duty of care on grog sale BOTTLESHOPS must take responsibility for selling poison to indigenous people, says the man who helped to set up the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Vincent Forrester, who also is the Greens candidate for Namatjira, said police have better things to do than be a taxpayers guard for licensees. You must have a duty of care if you sell poison, he said. Those young police officers are doing a good job, but society has to give them a bit of a hand. Mr Forrester said when he first started congress, one of his jobs was to take dead bodies back to their communities. Why profit from the misery of people? Tomorrows expenses are then through the hospital and the judicial system, he said. Simple fix put the grog back into the pubs and clubs where it belongs. NT Police Association president Paul McCue said officer welfare needed to be addressed and poor policy continued to hamper the frontline. Where is the commentary on the licensees profiteering from the sale of alcohol forming part of the solution to alcohol abuse in the NT? he said. Last week a coronial inquest heard from NT Police Assistant Commissioner Jeanette Kerr, whose research identified alcohol density and availability of packaged alcohol in Alice Springs was one of the most significant factors impacting Aboriginal women and children. Alcohol is a factor in 66 per cent of domestic violence assaults. The inquest heard illegal grog flowing into communities led to increased assaults. The Country Liberals alcohol policy for Alice Springs includes expanding alcohol mandatory treatment, keeping alcohol protection orders, providing more training for health workers to deal with drunks and keeping TBLs in town fulltime. Meanwhile, under Territory Labor, TBLs will be transferred to the control of police, who will decide what time to station officers at bottleshops, while the Banned Drinkers Register is also set to be reintroduced. Mr Forrester said Aboriginals were regularly getting stopped at bottleshops, while others just walked through. Tom Volling Dale McIver and Henley on Todd Commodore Bill Palmer in front of the marquee, tables and chairs bought with money donated by the Northern Territory Government for events in Central Australia. Picture: REX NICHOLSON future growth, with $133,000 provided over the next three years, should the CLP remain in government. The Government has provided $300,000 to keep growing the famous regatta with marketing and new infrastructure that will be shared with all events in Central Australia, Mr Giles said. The Government knows that tourism events are essential for the Territory, and thats why we are investing in many major events to make them even better. Regatta Commodore and board chair Bill Palmer said organisers previously had to ship a marquee and furniture in from Darwin as there was no one in Central Australia with a marquee that could seat more than 500 people. The marquee and outdoor furniture will be made available for other events in Central Australia at very reasonable costs including at the Alice Springs Turf Club, Mr Palmer said. In partnership with the Alice Springs Turf Club, we can now offer table seating for 575 people and up to 130 lineal metres of marquee for events around Central Australia. Furniture funding massive boost for festivities Carl Pfeiffer No time to dither about that the proposed ALP economic summit will be used as an excuse to slow economic stimulus, although the Opposition Leader has been at pains to state this will not be the case. Mr Bicknell said the major issue for business over the past term has been the tardy response to the slowing economy by government procurement. The Government should have moved six months earlier to provide some economic stimulus through government infrastructure investment, he said. When the Government responded to industry concerns, their policy was sound and hit the mark. The Chairman of the NT Business Council Kevin Peters said that he would strongly urge a new government to engage industry associations to gain a broader view of the drivers of small to medium-size businesses. Ashley Manicaros THE TERRITORY DECIDES www.caac.org.au Central Australian Aboriginal Congress ABORIGINAL CORPORATION INVITATION TO NOMINATE Nominations for three (3) Congress Member Director positions are now open. Nominations close 5pm Friday 2 September 2016 All Congress members are invited to nominate, especially younger people between 18 30 years of age and members living in remote Central Australia. In the event that there are more nominations than vacancies, members will be invited to vote. The election result will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 25 November 2016. To obtain a copy of the application form and guidelines, please visit www.caac.org.au or call 8951 4401. Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice ALICE SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY Phone: (08) 8950 0555 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/Library SENIORS MONTH HOW TO NOT GET SCAMMED: SAFETY ON THE INTERNET, PHONE AND IN PERSON Unfortunately, seniors are at a high risk of being targeted by scammers. Wed like to help you learn how to identify and avoid their tricks and traps. When: Tuesday 23 August, 10:30am until 11:30am Where: Alice Springs Public Library This is a free event. Limited spaces are available, and bookings are required. Light refreshments will be provided. To book please call 8950 0555 or email email@example.com