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Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016



Sun newspapers Tue 24 May 2016


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Community 08 SUN NEWSPAPERS, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 NTNE01Z01DS - V1 are cases in point. Prior to these suburbs being constructed, nearby primary schools were running close to capacity. Since then, Lyons with 673 dwellings and 1209 residents has been developed. Muirhead is presently under construction. It has 482 dwellings and 768 residents, and is still growing. Recently a third residential development has been approved for construction along Lee Point Rd. It is anticipated 500 homes and 200 apartments will be added to the housing mix. A primary school is mooted for Muirhead, but that will not be constructed any time soon. In fact, the school will be one of the last facilities provided for the development. It should, as happened in Palmerston, be first. Nearby primary schools had relatively high student numbers before this housing explosion. The two new suburbs have substantially added to the enrolments of these schools. Extra classrooms have been provided, but additional enrolments put management and teaching pressures on schools. Huge student numbers become the norm. Parents are also required to enrol their children in schools that are out of their area. Maybe a requirement for new urban development should be the early identification of a school site. A contribution to establishing access, utilities and services might be required. That would be a way for developers to show an interest in their projects that goes beyond reaping profits for land and housing packages. Without new schools provided at the right time, families suffer. Time to build education LAST week NT Education Minister Peter Chandler announced the government would fund a new Catholic primary school in Zuccoli, at a cost of $21 million. This follows the government announcment that, of an additional $68 million to be spent on capital works construction for NT schools, $58 million was for the public sector and $10 million for private schools. A significant number of taxpayers choose private school education for their children. That makes it reasonable for governments to provide funding support on the basis of school choice. The argument of which sector is advantaged or disadvantaged by funding will always exist. The issue is when schools should be built, rather than whether they are public or private by designation. The government constructed both Gray and Driver Neighbourhood Centres, which included schools, as these suburbs were being developed. As homes were completed and people moved in, local schools were already open for business. Nowadays, school building programs come last, rather than first. Lyons and Muirhead Rosebery School in Palmerston under construction in 2009. A new school was pledged last week for Zuccoli but, considering the rise in the regions population, is progress happening fast enough? Riding to shed a little light AN epic week-long motorcycle ride from Alice Springs to Darwin, which aims to shine a spotlight on suicide prevention in the NT, has opened for registrations. Black Dog Ride, now in its seventh year, is a national charity that aims to raise awareness of depression. Funds raised by Black Dog Riders NT during 2016 will fund Mental Health First Aids Teen Program training in Australian secondary schools, and continue to build the capacity of Lifelines online Crisis Support Chat service. Black Dog Rides NT 2016 co-ordinator Jon Benham, a psychiatric nurse, said he had seen first-hand the tragic results of suicide in the NT, which has the highest rate in Australia. Suicide has a higher death rate than the road toll, Mr Benham said. 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