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06 NEWS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 fantastic for older residents. The freedom of water can increase the mobility you can move in more ways, Mr Kemplay said. It is really beneficial for health and the social aspect too. After classes a lot of them go for coffee, it is a good way to get out. The centre is coming off a strong winter season and is ex pecting numbers to increase with summer nearing closer. Mr Kemplay said numbers were increasing ahead of the Masters Games. The programs on offer include a water-safety awareness program, swim and survive, aqua classes including high-intensity interval training, combat and deep water and adult learn to swim and stroke technique classes. A DISASTER for the Northern Territory is how Warren Snowdon referred to the Prime Ministers recent plan to set a floor for GST distribution. It would be a potential disaster for the Northern Territory, the member for Lingiari said this week. Setting a floor would mean wealthier states such as Western Australia would gain a greater share of GST revenue at the expense of less wealthy states and territories. This is not how the Australian Federation works. The glue that holds our nation together is horizontal fiscal equalisation, which ensures funding to states and territories to provide an acceptable and similar standard of services for all Australians, regardless of where they live, Mr Snowdon said. The Northern Territory is the least developed of all jurisdictions in the nation but has needs across the board for additional resources to support social and economic infrastructure, particularly in the regional areas. Mr Snowdon said the consequence of this proposal from the Prime Minister would be to transfer funds into the coffers of the wealthier states at the expense of the Territory and Tasmania in particular. The pie doesnt get any bigger as a result of this hairbrained scheme, he said. No call to splash out as seniors plunge in ALICE Springs seniors have seven days to splash around for free at the Aquatic and Leisure Centre next week, with the centre throwing its doors open as part of seniors month. The offer will allow seniors to get free access to the centre for all swimming activities and aqua programs from Monday until Friday next week. Centre manager Martin Kemplay said swimming was Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre manager Martin Kemplay and instructor Rowena Schulz are expecting the free seniors swimming week to be packed out. POLICE officers, not politicians, were the answer to Australias problems with the drug ice, said Ted Noffs Foundation CEO Matt Noffs. Mr Noffs this week addressed more than 100 people at the Northern Territory Police Associations annual conference. Change will not come from politicians, but from the front line, Mr Noffs said. We have been doing the exact opposite of what we should be doing over the last 10 years. Mr Noffs said many people blamed police officers for exacerbating problems with the drug ice, but frustrated police officers also wanted change. He said the most powerful tool for a police officer was discretion. According to Mr Noffs, supervised drug consumption rooms where drug users could access clean equipment, were without a shadow of a doubt effective. We need to look at the idea of a safe room, he said. Every city needs a safe room. I think we should introduce them sooner, rather than later. Mr Noffs said there were nearly 100 supervised drug consumption rooms in more than 60 countries. He said they reduced crime, and had health and social benefits for users. Northern Territory Police Association President Paul McCue said illegal substance abuse was a huge issue. Police officers deal with members of our community every day who are addicted to and/or consuming drugs, and there isnt a silver bullet solution, Mr McCue said. Its an often dangerous situation ... and wed like to see that our members are always properly resourced to manage the risks as best they can. Police best way to fight ice war Lauren Roberts Any change that benefits one state has to be at the expense of other states or the Territory. Alarm bells are ringing in the Northern Territory at this latest thought bubble of Prime Minister Turnbull, the Territory could lose tens of millions of GST revenue. Mr Snowdon said the proposal made an absolute mockery of any pretence the government had to provide for the needs of the most disadvantaged Australians who live in remote parts of the NT. If this latest brain wave were to happen, then the idea of Closing the Gap would be nothing but a pipe dream. he said. NT loses in GST plan, says Snowdon The Office of Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia will be open 5 days a week Monday Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm Same location at 2/20 Parson Street PHONE 08 8952 8776 FAX 08 8952 5176 EMAIL email@example.com NEW OPENING HOURS FROM MONDAY 22ND AUGUST 2016 Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice COMMUNITY INVITATION SENIORS MONTH STILL GOT TALENT 5TH EDITION Have you Still Got Talent!? Then why not get your act together and enter the 2016 Seniors Talent Quest! Talent categories include singers, comedians, poets, storytellers & any talent you can think of! When: Wednesday 31 August, 11:00am until 2:00pm Where: Witchettys, Araluen Art Centre, Larapinta Drive To register your performance or book your seat, please call on 8950 0567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org