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FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 OPINION 39 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Start at top of card As we focus on the election that is now upon us we may be giving little thought to the post election landscape. I noted the bookmakers odds with Adam Giles still on a $1 something and mentioned this in conversation. But he wont hang around post election, I was told. Can you imagine Adam Giles as leader of an opposition of 7 or so members? Will they want him as leader? Will he want to be leader? Not likely so we will have a by election. So if electors in Braitling want to save some money and another election their 123 will include other candidates. If you want to test if a local member can breach the so-called Berrimah Line why not start at the top of the card. Richard Bentley Araluen Issues to address Some questions and issues specifically for the area in and around the old racecourse area (Northside) for candidates in the coming election to consider. Street lighting: Improve/ speed up replacement of broken lighting to enhance public safety. Do PAWC have a maintenance schedule or do they only act on complaints? Can PAWC initiate a quarterly audit of urban street lights or lighting on arterial roads? A fenced dog off leash area: At least two needed. Council issue, but funding could be sought from Territory Government. Public parks: Follow up after ASTC Audit, sell off or subdivide. Council issue, but MLA for Braitling could lobby council. Trees on verges/open public spaces: Replace and add appropriate new trees and shrubs where space exist along major and minor roads. Mostly an ASTC issue, but MLA for Braitling could lobby Council and/or ask NT Govt to assist with funding. Herbert Heritage Drive: Upgrade the road and add a pedestrian footpath / bike track from the highway to the Telegraph Station entrance with appropriate signage to reflect the premier tourist attraction it leads to. Ensure it is incorporated with any adopted bike strategy for the area. Priest Way Roundabout: Anything planned or is it too hard? Head Street/Stuart Highway: Intersection needs improvements to allow safer access to the caravan park and to the highway north and south and a safer / more obvious caravan friendly access. Braitling MLA could lobby for federal funding or traffic study to look at options. Sargent Street: Fireworks in area and unregistered vehicles parked on public road. Parking on road reserve (verge and carriageway) is a council issue. Local MLA could lobby council to strengthen by-laws. Labor factions (Union influ ence) and Liberal factions (Business/mining influence) and political power being held in the Top End. What can the local party candidates do about this it if elected? Stuart Highway: When tourists approach Alice from the north they encounter an industrial dust bowl on either side of the highway. An upgrade to four lanes from the MVR to Hearne Place is required with appropriated arid zone landscaping. Teppa Hill Pre-School: Future use (after new buildings at Braitling School completed). Currently owned by Department of Education. MLA for Braitling could lobby to ensure it remains NT Government asset - new child care centre / community centre (migrant resources / Sikh temple / homework assistance / hobby groups / musician/band practice space). Liquor Licence requirements: Policing the take away sale of liquor is costing taxpayers a fortune. Why cant the next government place the responsibility and cost back onto the business owners / licensees with stronger conditions to police the responsible service of alcohol? Just a couple of issues from a long-time Braitling voter. Bob Taylor Braitling Quote of the Day The whole school had the privilege of listening to Edward tell a story which had been passed down to him through the generations. A M O O N G U N A S C H O O L P R I N C I P A L C H E R I E G I B B E N S . What are your thoughts on Australias display at the Olympics? I havent really watched it. I would like to see some shooting. My husband is really into the competitive shooting. LUCINDA WRIGHT It has been great. There was one guy who won three medals. I am pretty proud of him. Swimming is my favourite and they have done very good. JAMES SHIELDS I have lost interest due to them giving it to Rio and the IOCs decision around the drug cheats. For me, the brand is irretrievably damaged. KEITH DeGENHARDT We need to get more value for our money. I think we should do better than we are and spread over more categories. CHRIS WALDOCK email@example.com Regatta flourishes due to teamwork THE Henley on Todd Regatta, which will be held this Saturday, is a huge drawcard for tourists, and has been called a community bonding event by those involved. Thousands of man hours go into preparing the battle boats alone, while many individuals and organisations around town make their own efforts to build vessels ready for racing. The efforts of some are particularly noteworthy, and it was with some emotion that members of the Vikings spoke of their drivers decision to make this battle his last. Neil Ross, of Ross Engineering, has contributed man hours, business hours, skill, passion and years of commitment to the Henley on Todd. The Cape Todd Lighthouse is a striking feature at the event, due to the work and vision of his company. Without people like Neil, Henley on Todd wouldnt be what it is today, and we must acknowledge their huge effort. It can be something of a shock to anyone from a big city, who might take for granted the existence of sports clubs, organisations, competitions, public art and community events. Here in Central Australia these things often rely on the passion and dedication of volunteers, and it can be a struggle to keep things going in such a transient town. In this weeks leaders debate both Adam Giles and Michael Gunner spoke of how valuable Territorians are and that they are our greatest asset. There could be no better demonstration of Territorians talent, teamwork and sense of fun than another successful Henley on Todd Regatta. 9 25 $170,000NATIONAL finalists in the indigenous Govern-ance Awards. SECTIONS in the 3-hectare Alice Springs Cemetery FUNDING boost for the iconic Henley on Todd Regatta to buy a marquee and outdoor furniture.