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The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015

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08 NEWS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Price of water on the nose TERRITORIANS think they pay too much for water, according to the latest Water Consumer Outlook. And when it comes to the threat of possible water shortages, Territorians are the least concerned in the country. The attitudes of Territorians contrasts with the nations water professionals who believe Australians, across the board, pay too little for water. Australian Water Association chief executive Jonathan McKeown said the survey gave the industry an opportunity to learn more about attitudes to water security and supply in Australia. The results are to be discussed today at the associations national policy summit in Melbourne. Mr McKeown said the survey also included questions on economic regulation and private sector involvement in the water industry. Concerning was that the majority of respondents in all jurisdictions said that they thought that economic regulators in their state or region operated with levels of political intervention that slightly or significantly compromised independence. The jurisdictions that reported the highest perceived levels of political interference were the NT, with 76 per cent reporting slightly or significantly compromised independence, followed by 73 per cent in SA and 69 per cent in Victoria. Daniel Lambert, ARUP engineerings water and urban renewal leader said the water industry recognised the importance of shifting from a compliance focus to customer focus and the survey helped provide an insight into consumer views. Darwin residents are the biggest water users in Australia, using twice as much as other Australians. While many other large Australian cities have cut their water use in the past five years, there has been a rise in Darwin households. Water use in the Top End outstrips population growth. An average Darwin household uses 535,000 litres of water per year, or about 1500 litres each day. The average Territory household uses 65 per cent of water in the garden compared with 10 per cent on showers. FRED McCUE THE benefits of giving formula milk to toddlers is being questioned with new research examining whether cows milk is just as good. The joint study between the University of Queensland and the University of Auckland, is examining whether the formula, which contains extra nutrients is actually beneficial to growing bodies. University of Queenslands Childrens Nutrition Research Centre director Peter Davies, said the study would help improve the nutritional guidelines for infants. Brisbane mum Katrina Waltons 18-month-old son Tyler is one of the participants in the research program. Ms Walton says she was sceptical about the benefits of toddler formula and her curiosity drove her to enrol her son in the study. When he was a year old I put him forward for the study, she said. We were weighing up if we were going to move him on to toddler formula. I was looking into all of this to make a decision and then I thought: Wouldnt it be great to help out for this research. Professor Davies is now looking to recruit another 40 families for the study by the end of the year. Nutrition during the toddler years is just as critical as in infancy, and this study will lead to better understanding of the nutritional, growth and health outcomes in children during the second year of life, he said. Toddler formula under the microscope Katrina Walton with her son Tyler, 18 months, who took part in the study Picture: PETER WALLIS MENS & WOMENS HEALTH CLINICS Over 40 Years experience in Building and Constructon in the NT - No Job too small On Your Land Or Ours Manufacturer, Wholesaler, Retailer, Builder 1/14 Casey Street East Arm NT 0822 sales@ttanhomecentre.com.au www.ttanhomecentre.com.au 8947 0833 UNBELIEVABLE VALUE The Adeena 3 Bedrooms Plus Verandah (133m2) We Build on Your Block or Ours Ground Floor - $249,700 Elevated - $295,900 Call NOW for further informaton