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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 NEWS 17 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Bit of horsing Bit of horsing around to help around to help sway voters sway voters Tom Volling ONE candidate is galloping towards the ballot box days out from the NT election. Braitling Greens nominee Dalton Dupuy was spotted on horseback trekking down the Todd River on Tuesday. A dog bite he got while door knocking in a bush community stopped the partys candidate for Namatjira Vincent Forrester joining Dupuy in the saddle. Mr Dupuy wants to raise awareness about rehabilitation and said working with animals would help the cause. It works for adults as well, for people in stressful positions, to actually step on a horse and ride for a few hours. It is about rehabilitation and prevention of trouble rather than trying to put people in incarceration, he said. Greens candidate for Namatjira Vincent Forrester and Greens candidate for Braitling Dalton Dupuy on the campaign trail in the Todd River in Alice Springs. Picture: REX NICHOLSON TERRITORY Labors renewable energy policy, which includes a commitment to reach a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by the year 2030, has been described as irresponsible by Chief Minister Adam Giles. Labor has pledged to keep PowerWater, Territory Generation and Jacana fully in the hands of the public while commissioning a new Road Map to Renewables report, to be delivered in 2017. On the local front, Labor has pledged to invest $5m to further the development of Alice Springs as a centre of excellence for solar energy. Its hoped this initial investment will leverage a further $15m in private sector and federal funding to assist with project activities. But Mr Giles, who is the member for Braitling, said the 50 per cent by 2030 policy was an irresponsible strategy and one that would have a wrecking ball impact on the NT economy. The total cost to build renewables infrastructure to meet Labors policy objective across the entire Territory would be astronomical, Mr Giles said. The Country Liberals have got the balance right. We are investing in renewables. If Labor were serious about reducing carbon emissions, they would support the development of an onshore gas industry to pipe Territory gas interstate, which would enable the closure of coal-fired power stations. Labors candidate for Braitling, Dale Wakefield, welcomed Labors commitment, highlighting the need for a stable platform from which to pursue renewable energy policy. Renewable energy will create opportunities for local businesses and create jobs into the future, she said. Renewable energy goal under fire Jim Robertson INDEPENDENTS popularity has grown Territory-wide with less that two weeks to go, sitting only five points behind the embattled Country Liberals, according to new polling commissioned by the Centralian Advocate. But those gains are most prominent in Alice Springs and the Darwin rural area, where independents are sitting with 62 per cent support of the primary vote. Labor is still expected to win Independents on march an overwhelming majority, with the CLP now expected to only have a fair chance at two seats, including Chief Minister Adam Giles seat of Braitling and former deputy leader Willem Westra van Holthes electorate of Katherine. But even those arent guaranteed. The MediaReach poll of just under 1400 people shows independents are polling at 19 per cent Territory-wide, compared to the CLP at 24 per cent in primary vote support. Labor has increased to 41 per cent up five points from the beginning of August. Labors two-party preferred support has remained unchanged from earlier this month at 64 per cent, compared to the CLP at 36. At this point it is clearly looking like a sea of red across the north, save the independents, with the only likely patch of blue or ochre being in Katherine and Braitling, a MediaReach spokesman said. The caveat of course is that it is very difficult to measure the bush seats, however if what is occurring elsewhere is re flected, it is hard to see how any of those seats held currently by the CLP (could) continue to be after the election. Independent Robyn Lambley is also leading in Araluen over the CLPs Steve Brown but not by as big a margin. Chansey Paech remains favourite to take out the seat of Namatjira over the CLPs Heidi Williams. The poll shows massive gains in popularity for Labor in the northern suburbs and Palmerston in a two-partypreferred vote. Labor now leads the CLP in their fortress of Palmerston with 71 per cent of the twoparty preferred vote compared to the CLPs 29 per cent. In the northern suburbs, Labor leads 75 per cent to 25 per cent, two-party preferred. Obtaining an accurate reading inside electorates is difficult because of their small sizes but a snapshot of the Palmerston area indicates former chief minister Terry Mills is running behind Labors Damien Hale, but the gap is likely less than 10 per cent. Christopher Walsh THE TERRITORY DECIDES thirstycamelntthirstycamel.com.au TODD TAVERN 1 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Ph 8952 1255 Specials valid 17/8/2016 until 28/8/2016 or while stocks last. Photos for illustration purposes only. Thirsty Camel supports the responsible serving and consumption of alcohol. #While stocks last. Savings based on non-promotional shelf price as at 1/8/16. PRICES MAY VARY IN COUNTRY/REGIONAL AREAS DUE TO FREIGHT. TAS0080 ^ Carlton Mid 375ml Cans 30 Block $5298 Seaview Sparkling 750ml $253 for 25 SAVE $5 Jim Beam White 375ml Cans 10 Pack #Bonus Stubby Cooler Can not included $3698 10 PACK BONUS