The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THEY say a picture in the clouds tells what your subconscious is thinking. And for one Top Ender, the clouds were like a Territory nature documentary. While having fish and chips by the jetty at the Darwin Surf Lifesaving Club at Casuarina Beach, Samm Acaster saw a crocodile peering at him at sunset. He thought his meal service was pretty snappy too Picture: SAMM ACASTER Check out this croc with its head in the clouds DARWIN drivers spent less on parking but received more parking fines in the December quarter than the previous, according to figures released by Darwin Council. A report approved by general manager of corporate services Diana Leeder said council parking inspectors issued 6556 fines in the CBD, up 411 on 2014s total of 6145 for the corresponding period, however fewer infringements were issued last December. According to the report, this was due to a reduced staff presence, enforcing safety violations only, emergent safety issues such as Bradshaw Terrace at Casuarina for the two weeks prior to Christmas, and new coinless meters. The introduction of creditcard facilities on many parking meters ... has contributed to greater compliance from the BE SWIFT ON THIS TAYLORS 15 FEBRUARY Shake it of to a great special on a bottle of award-winning Taylors Estate Shiraz 2014. 2 FOR $30^ SAVE $12 bws.com.au | Call 1300 138 297* We support the responsible service of alcohol. Available on 9 November 2015 unless sold out prior. Limit rights reserved. Specials may not be available in all stores or through Woolworths online. Offer valid today only and 1 transaction per customer only, excludes cask wine. XXXXXXXXXXXX bws.com.au | Call 1300 138 297* We support the responsible service of alcohol. Taylors Estate Clare Valley Shiraz 2014 750ml. Available in NT from Wednesday 3rd February until Tuesday 16th February unless sold out prior. Limit Rights Reserved. Specials may not be available in all stores or through Woolworths online. ^At this great price no further discounts apply. BP100D1502NT Parking fines sting harder public due to ease of use and reduced necessity to carry coins, the report read. On-street car parking revenue fell by more than $183,000 compared to the December quarter 2014. The drop in parking revenue mainly stemmed from the Esplanade closure and upgrade, where council made between $2000 and $7600 less per parking meter than in the corresponding period a year earlier. Other major losses appeared in and around Woods St. Of the parking meters, 37 had large losses in revenue compared to 2014, while 83 lost between $500 and $2000. Only six parking meters had increases in revenue of $2000 to $3800, and they were found near the council offices in Harry Chan Ave. The Larrakeyah end of the city and along Cavenagh St had the most stagnant meters, with 116 only rising or falling in revenue by $500. Off-street parking revenue increased by 4.5 per cent in the first half of the financial year, compared to the previous, bringing in more than $1.75 million. Reserved bays were more popular for a full six months, while Darwinites preferred casual bays from October to December. The carpark in West Lane brought in almost $150,000, while the Cavenagh St carpark raised almost $110,000. Occupancy rates at the Chinatown carpark increased from 22 per cent in the last six months of 2014 to 59 per cent in 2015, which council attributed to a drop in parking fees. Darwin Council provides 1780 on-street and 2158 offstreet public bays in the CBD. There are 267 parking meters in the CBD. PHILLIPPA BUTT