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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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04 ALICE SPRINGS HAIL STORM FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 graphs and a statutory declaration of damage. Quotation of works must also be attached and insurance details provided. Grants will not cover insurance claims. Registered community notfor-profit groups can contact Morgan Sabbith on 8999 5523 or email communitysupport. dcm@nt.gov.au for details. port from the Government where possible. The Hail Storm Recovery Quick Response Grants program will remain open for 60 days. Claims must be related to the hail storms which hit the region on Friday, June 17. All claims must be supported with a description, photo Registered community not-for-profit groups will be able to apply for grants of up to $5000 through the Hail Storm Recovery Quick Response Grants program. While the cost and widespread damage from the hail storms is still being assessed, its important the community receives swift sup sistance would ensure local groups were able to restore infrastructure and services that assist the community. The Northern Territory Government is committed to supporting the Alice Springs community to help the people of Central Australia recover from this destructive and unexpected event, Mr Giles said. THE Territory Government has pledged $500,000 in assistance towards the Alice Springs community affected by the severe hail storms last Friday. Chief Minister Adam Giles announced the funding on Wednesday, saying the financial as Counting cost in wake of nature unleashed Hundreds picking up pieces after wild cell wreaks havoc on homes, businesses AS the working week wound down on Friday afternoon in Alice Springs, the Centralian weather gods woke up. The powerful storm cell unleashed on the town was truly something to remember and featured several embedded hail storms that brought havoc to homes, businesses and to the roads. It left a busy period for both the Alice Springs NTES volunteers and the tribe of insurance assessors called to put a dollar value on the damage after the unexpected deluge. NTES regional manager Clare Barker said the event represented more than 80 jobs in the first day and almost 300 volunteer hours when including the work done by Bushfires NT, which also responded to the calls for help. It was quite a large event for us and from about 4pm on Friday our volunteers were stood up along with NTES staff, who were joined by volunteers and staff from Bushfires NT, Ms Barker said. The combined team then worked through until 1am on Saturday performing chainsaw operations to remove trees, tarping of roofs, pumping out water and applying sandbags to make areas safe. Our volunteers were amazing; not only did they work all night Friday night they then came back at 8am in the morning and worked through until 7pm Saturday night, Ms Barker said. Theyre very dedicated people and they were very keen to stay on and make sure there were no outstanding jobs remaining in the community. Once the imminent danger had passed, residents emerged from shelter to assess the damage and contact their respective insurance agencies. A statement from TIO insurance said the company had received about 200 property and motor claims, with another 75-100 expected over the next few days. We estimate the damage to be in the order of $3.5 to $4 million, although we will have a better understanding once all claims have been fully processed, the statement said. The type of damage reported to TIO so far includes roof gutters overflowing due to ice build-up and resulting in water ingress through roofs, trees falling on houses and vehicles alongside vehicles that have suffered water inundation causing damage to electrics. From a TIO perspective, we have responded by having local builders on standby since 4.45pm last Friday to attend any urgent make-safes as required, while additional builders can be called in from Darwin if the local builders are unable to manage the demand. We also had our claims staff on call over the weekend, a property assessor on the ground in Alice Springs since Sunday morning and more to arrive over the next few days alongside additional staff in Alice Springs to assess motor damage. The NTES is always looking for help and if volunteering is something youve wanted to do, visit NTES online or call the local unit on 89519300. Anyone can volunteer, pending a police clearance, and training is of course provided for all roles. Jim Robertson We estimate the damage to be in the order of $3.5 to $4 million T I O S T A T E M E N T Government offers cash to help community recover across the Territory Celebrating Join in one of the many community events that are being held to celebrate Territory Day. For more information on the TIO Territory Day Community Grants visit tiofi.com.au/CommunityGrants Territory Insurance Office (TIO) is a trading name and division of the insurer Allianz Australia Insurance Limited. EVENTS IN YOUR AREA June VVAA NT Rural Sub Branch Darwin filming of Cpl Reg Hillier re-interment Filming of the arrival service and memorial service for Cpl Reg Hilliers return to Darwin after he was killed during the Vietnam War. June St Marys Primary School St Marys Mural Project Students can take part in creating an indigenous/ historical mural at the school. 21 June onwards Smile A Mile Fun Bus & Toy Library Exploring our NT Identity Through Photography and Badge Making Explore and represent Territory identity through photography and art. 26 June Cox Country Club Bush Bards and Balladeers day Performances of Territory bush poetry and recitals. 1 July Berry Springs Recreation Reserve Territory Day Celebrations Community event. 1 July Berry Springs Primary School Territory Day Fun Day Territory Olympics, crafts and wildlife experiences for school children. 4 July 1041 Territory FM TFM Drive-in Movie Night Winners of the Territory Day radio competition will gain access to a drive-in cinema in Darwin. 26 July Palmerston Senior College Special Education Centre (SEC) SEC Walk About Art Art exhibition with the theme, All things Territorian. July Engineers Australia - Women In Engineering Engineers Australia Women in Engineering & Engineering Heritage Group WWII Oil Storage Tunnels Tour Tour of the WWII Oil Storage tunnels from an engineering perspective.

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