The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Teens in late night assault POLICE are calling for witnesses after a cyclist was attacked in Alice Springs. Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Malley said a 39-yearold man was riding his bicycle on Undoolya Rd around 10.10pm on Saturday, October 3 when it is alleged six teens assaulted him. The offenders are described as being of indigenous appearance, aged between 16 and 18 years, all wearing dark clothing. Some of the offenders were wearing baseball caps, one of the males was wearing a yellow LA Lakers cap, while some of the offenders were wearing white socks, he said. Contact police on 131 444. $3m mental health help THE Territory government has allocated $3 million to enhance mental health services including several new positions and a youth mental health service for Katherine. A pool of $150,000 has been set aside to fund the national youth mental health foundation Headspace to be opened in Katherine. The funding has opened positions across a range of areas including crisis assessment and triage, remote and Aboriginal mental health and positions for mental health court liaison officers. A five-bed child and youth Inpatient and day program based at Royal Darwin Hospital offering psychiatric services is also expected to open this year. Health Minister John Elferink said the efforts will hopefully go a long way in addressing the needs of those with mental health issues. Mayors outrage result of Barretts criticism BLAIN MLA Nathan Barrett has cut ties with Palmerston Council because of Mayor Ian Abbotts reaction to Facebook remarks. Last night, Palmerston Council dedicated the first part of its meeting to discuss insulting comments made by Mr Barrett on Facebook pages. The comments, written on the Palmerston Residents against Rate Changes community Facebook page read: Once again talking about something that is not their business and avoiding their own business. Pathetic. So they can make their political point. Another read: I wish they would have a meeting to fix the lights in Woodroffe parks. Mr Abbott called Mr Barretts comments insulting and misleading. The comments caused such offence that Mr Abbott asked Mr Barrett to write a letter of apology. Given the inflammatory nature of your comments, I request you submit a written apology and correct the inaccuracies that you have made and provide this to council Mr Abbott wrote. Mr Barrett wrote his letter of apology, but he did not correct the alleged inaccuracies. Mr Abbott provided a com ment on all six of Mr Barretts comments and presented the report to the council meeting. Mr Abbott was also offended by comments Mr Barrett made in the NT News about councils failure to show up to meetings resulting in the cancellation of two Economic Development and Infrastructure committee meetings. The kerfuffle has resulted in Mr Barrett refusing to deal with council. He said the concerns that were raised on social media were those of his constituents. As an elected member, part of my job is to represent the views of my electorate, Mr Barrett said. Given this situation, the concerns that my constituents have I will be raising them directly with the Minster of Local Government. Questions to Mr Abbott were answered by chief executive Ricki Bruhn, who said council was not considering any legal action. Palmerston council recently kicked a volunteer off a community board because of comments she made on Facebook regarding Mr Bruhn. Council believes it has a right to defend itself against derogatory and inaccurate comments made against it on social media, Mr Bruhn said. DANI McDONALD Sicko Glitter Sisters in The True Blue Straight and Narrow Normal People's Club Picture: IVAN RACHMAN Weird and wacky poke at politics THE absurdity of extreme politics will take to the stage with a bit of glam. The cabaret shows The True Blue Straight and Narrow Normal Peoples Club is a collection of veteran performers to the Browns Mart stage and some brand newbies. The satirical comedy cabaret, created by Ciella Williams and Cj Fraser-Bell, throws the audience into an absurd world where right-wing politics are taken to the extreme. A lot of people in Australia have been concerned with the more right-wing our government policies have become, Ms Fraser-Bell said. Were exploring what could happened if we let these policies go further and if self expression was limited. The performance surrounds a cabaret club for weirdos and freaks because abnormality is outlawed and takes a satirical look at what it means to be Australian. Its a funny take of serious issues, Ms Fraser-Bell said. We take it to extreme to look at the absurdity of it all. The True Blue Straight and Narrow Normal Peoples Club is at Browns Mart on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 5.30pm. Its $25 full, $15 preview and Wednesday. TAMARA HOWIE Accused in court A MAN accused of murdering his sister has appeared briefly in the Darwin Magistrates Court. Dick Ganawa Mununggurritj, 49, was charged on Sunday following an alleged domestic dispute in Yirrkala on Friday night. Mununggurritj was remanded in custody and will reappear by videolink from jail on December 2. This activity received funding from the Australian Government. Get your air-conditioners cleaned & serviced for FREE or receive one of our free cooling products or services. Register for COOLmobs free energy assistance program for low-income households today! Limited places remaining: Contact COOLmob to check your eligibility; 8981 3642 or www.coolmob.org Are you ready to beat the build-up? LAST DAYS