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The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 19 Aug 2016


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Alice Springs

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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 NEWS 21 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA South Australian artist David Frank was awarded the Central Land Councils Delegates Choice Award for his painting Our Future at Kalkaringi this week. Capturing history proves to be winner A PAINTING that depicts Gough Whitlam pouring red dirt into Vincent Lingiaris palm has won a Central Land Council award in Kalkaringi this week. South Australian artist David Frank won the CLCs Delegates Choice Award for his artwork called Our Future. The $2000 prize is part of the Vincent Lingiari Art Award, which marks 50 years since the Wave Hill Walk-Off. It kicked off the national campaign for Aboriginal land rights in 1966. We, too have been stockmen, many of us, Mr Frank said. When we were young we worked hard on cattle stations for rations. Lingiari helped to start the land rights story. Mr Frank, a former SA Police employee, is a ngangkari (traditional healer) and took up painting at Indulkana communitys Iwantja Arts Centre. His painting was one of 23 collaborative works and individual creations short-listed by judges Brenda Croft and Stephen Gilchrist. Aboriginal artists from Central Australia submitted one work for each of the 40 years of the Aboriginal land rights Act (NT) 1976. CLC chair Francis Kelly announced the winner with Mr Lingiaris grandson, Timmy Vincent. Mr Franks painting captured the hearts and minds of our elected members, he said. Curator Hetti Perkins will choose the overall winner on September 7 at the Tangentyere Artists Gallery in Alice Springs. It will be the opening of the Our Land Our Life Our Future exhibition, which will run for a month. THE CATTLE industry in the Northern Territory is steering the national industry to establish a Producer Assurance Program to give suppliers a direct line of sight into diversifying Asian markets. Producers sell their cattle to exporters, who then take responsibility for their welfare. The objective of the program is to create greater transparency throughout the supply chain and to champion best practice operators who embrace compliance with regulation and the willingness to meet the expectations of producers and the broader community. NT Cattlemens Association chief executive Tracey Hayes said the program was needed to protect producers and add credibility to Australia as a stable supplier of beef in emerging markets. Annually 70 per cent of the NT turnoff of cattle, 400,000 head, are generally exported to SE Asia, she said. Indonesia and Vietnam are the primary and highest value markets. There is a need to continue to diversify markets. Following the live export suspension of 2011, the NTCA has worked to rebuild the rela Beefing up best practice on cattle tionship with Indonesia and the image of Australia as a reliable and stable supplier of food. There has also been a significant growth in alternative markets and work towards new markets, including China. Producers need a clear line of sight to the entire supply chain and the capacity to make informed decisions when selecting exporters, export markets or supply chains, This will provide producers and the wider community with greater confidence and trust in live market as a legitimate market for Australian cattle. The NTCA is seeking $5 million to support the development of the model for a live export Producer Assurance Program and a further $5 million in market development and research in domestic and international supply chains. This investment will have a broad industry and regional benefit and drive change at the NT and national level. Another key will be creating the market diversity so producers arent hit by one-off suspensions and reliant on limited markets. The cattle industry uses roughly 45 per cent of the NT landmass, producing 600,000 cattle per year. Ashley Manicaros INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has strongly rejected claims from the Australian Council of Trade Unions the Coalition Governments remote employment services program is racially discriminatory. Senator Scullion said the Governments Community Development Program applied to all jobseekers living in remote Australia. The ACTU knows full well all activity-tested jobseekers, whether they live in our biggest cities or remote communities, have mutual obligations of up to 25 hours a week, Senator Scullion said. However, the remote communities in which the CDP operates have fewer employment opportunities than exist in the regions where jobactive operates and, as such, the programs support for jobseekers is tailored accordingly. Senator Scullion said the ACTUs plan to campaign against the CDP was predictable and it had seemingly not asked people what they actually wanted from an employment program. I question what consultation the ACTU executive has had with jobseekers in remote communities who are now benefiting from the training and work experience the CDP provides, he said. Scullion slams unions job plan grasp HOME loan customers are under mortgage stress and many say they are struggling to meet their monthly repayments despite interest rates remaining at record lows. Complacency also remains rife among customers. Despite two recent interest rate drops in May and August, new data shows when there is a fall most home loan customers fail to take any action. Galaxy research commissioned by financial comparison website iSelect quizzed borrowers following the RBA cut in May and found seven of 10 customers admitted they had experienced mortgage stress in meeting monthly repayments. Of these borrowers 30 per cent conceded they didnt take any action after the May cut because they felt it would not be worth the effort. iSelect spokeswoman Laura Crowden said switching to a loan with a lower interest rate can save a lot. For a homeowner with a $300,000 mortgage currently paying 4.69 per cent, moving to a lower interest rate of 3.69 per cent could save up to $175 in interest every month. Mortgage stress real despite low rates EARLY VOTING All voters can vote early 1800 698 683 facebook.com/NTElectoralCommission @NTElecComm Authorised by Iain Loganathan, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 80 Mitchell St Darwin NT 0800 ntec@nt.gov.au 7/8 Gregory Terrace Ground floor (below Aboriginal Art & next door to Anytime Fitness) The Alice Springs early voting centre is now in operation. Fri 19 August - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat 20 August - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon 22 August to Thu 25 August - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Fri 26 August - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Op en th is Sa tur da y Dates and times: