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Community V1 - NTNE01Z01DS SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 13 seniors who do not meet Centrelink assessment. COTA NT is also calling for the reinstatement of those disenfranchised seniors to the scheme. With well over 250 Vexed issue explodes online HUNDREDS of Territory seniors have rallied to sign the COTA NT petition calling on the government to review the current Seniors Concession Scheme. It calls for a review of the scheme in order to redress inequities and unfairness inherent in eligibility and entitlements. While the scheme continues to provide concessions for aged, disability, single parent pensioners and carers there is no recognition or support for comments posted online it is interesting to read the reflections of seniors and to gauge their sense of abandonment and disenfranchisement by the NT Government on this vexed issue. A few of the comments are as follows: I have lived and worked in the Territory for over 30 years and missed out on the concessions by two months. I have raised two boys as a single parent in this time. I would love to stay in the Territory but with escalating costs of living it may become impossible to do so. Another: I am 62 and have been working since I was 21. I cannot afford to retire and need the seniors concessions scheme to help me. Many people plan their financial futures taking into account what they believe they will be entitled to under existing legislation. Removal of long standing entitlements will cause distress to many Northern Territorians. If you want us to stay here look after us. To read more or have your say, visit cotant.org.au. Loss of concessions clearly impacts on the future viability of seniors and their ability to continue to stay in the NT. COTA NT has accepted the clear message from its members, friends and supporters we will continue to pursue the concessions issue to secure an outcome which adequately recognises the valuable contribution of all seniors to the Territory community and economy. It is interesting to read the reflections of seniors and to gauge their sense of abandonment and disenfranchisement by the NT Government on this vexed issue Grassroots initiatives assist police: Kershaw REPRESENTATIVES from NT Police met the board of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia on Thursday when they gathered in Darwin for the first time since 2012. Commissioner Reece Kershaw said the relationship between Neighbourhood Watch and NT Police was an important part of enhancing public safety through crime-prevention initiatives. We place the highest value on our partnership with the community, and grassroots initiatives such as Neighbourhood Watch go a long way to helping keep people and their property safe from crime, Commissioner Kershaw said. Here in the Territory there is a strong and vibrant Neighbourhood Watch network doing great work. Anyone who wants to work with police to make a contribution to their safety and security should strongly consider getting in touch with Neighbourhood Watch. Acting Deputy Commissioner Lance Godwin and Acting Assistant Commissioner David Proctor joined Mr Kershaw and representatives from all jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand at the meeting. 7/41 Sandgroves Cres in Winnellie (Next to Pickles Auctions in Winnellie) Great place for a professional Chinese or Spa Massage in Darwin in a comfortable and clean environment. Our staff have professional massage skills and they can help you enjoy your down time after work. $40 - $70 FOR ONE HOUR Phone 0889472683 or 0421662109 Open 7 Days 8.30am - 11.30pm Eftpos facilities available COME IN FATIGUED AND LEAVE RELAXED! Walk ins Welcome CAFE+RESTAURANT Price complete with standard single vision lenses. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Multifocals and bifocals also available at an extra cost. Extra options not included. Price for other lens types may differ. Frames available while stocks last. 2016 Specsavers Optical Group. GET A PAIR FOR EVERYWHERE 2 COMPLETE PAIRS FROM $199 HOME PAIR DRIVING PAIR Visit specsavers.com.au to book an appointment online.