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The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 7 Oct 2015

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10 NEWS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1NTNE01Z01MA - V1 TWO Darwin friends have turned their holiday into a volunteer mission to help the people of Nepal. Russell Hunter and Animesh Verma had been planning a holiday through India and Nepal for the past year but after the earthquake hit they decided it was just as important to spend time helping the local people rebuild. They are heading to the remote town of Ghat in Nepal after one of the locals, a friend of Mr Verma, said many of the buildings in the town had been destroyed. He (Verma) found out that the monastery up there had sustained some damage and we thought we would raise some money and try and help with the reconstruction, Mr Hunter said. If we can help out some people who are struggling to help themselves then for us thats just a good thing to do, he said. Mr Hunter said they had been busy raising funds to help with buying tools and materials to rebuild the monastery. So far they have raised around $2000. Were hoping it (the money) will go towards purchasing materials and anything that they need to help with the reconstruction, he said. Mr Hunter said he leaves this Sunday and will motorbike ride from New Delhi to Kathmandu and fly to Nepal where he will spend around three weeks volunteering in Ghat. 10 NEWS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 Lending a hand in Nepal Russell Hunter and his mate Animesh Verma are heading to Nepal to help a remote town, Ghat, rebuild after the devastating earthquake Picture: ISABELLA MOORE JUDITH AISTHORPE NT still waiting for monetary windfall after selling off TIO A FURTHER $60 million from the sale of TIO through the Federal Governments Asset Recycling Initiative has been delayed and could take up to six months, the Giles Government says. Chief Minister Adam Giles announced a $200 million investment in a new Infrastructure Development Fund from the sale of TIO yesterday. But it was later revealed that the promised assets recycling money a one-off payment by the Federal Government for selling public assets is nowhere near fruition. The Commonwealth have been provided with evidence that the TIO sale has been completed, a spokeswoman for Mr Giles said yesterday. No financial assistance will be provided until the assessment process has been finalised, anticipated to be in the next six months. It was unclear why the money has been delayed or when the Government actually applied for it. Last November, Mr Giles said the sale of the publicly owned insurer would be eligible for 15 per cent of the price through the federal program, estimated at $60 million, to be put into future infrastructure projects. Treasurer Scott Morrison said yesterday in an email that the NT might still have a shot at the money. In relation to asset sales, states need to provide evidence that the decision to sell the asset was significantly influenced by the development of the Asset Recycling Initiative, he said. Further work is required ... but it appears that the NT Government will be able to make a strong application for support through the Asset Recycling Initiative. Labor leader Michael Gunner said the CLP justified selling TIO because of the asset money and questioned where it was. Nearly a year after the CLP sold off TIO, Territorians have got nothing, he said. Mental health forum key to revamp SOLOMON MP Natasha Griggs will hold a mental health roundtable on Friday to get feedback on the current system. The findings will go to Health Minister Sussan Ley, who has flagged major mental health improvements in the coming months. Mrs Griggs said it was important information was shared on a national scale. Ill make sure the Minister is aware of what works and what doesnt in Darwin and Palmerston, she said. Mrs Griggs has encouraged Territorians to reach out to friends, family and colleagues during National Mental Health Week. Each year, one in five people will experience mental illness. It doesnt discriminate, as Ive seen within my family that it can strike anyone without warning. Anyone with mental health concerns can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Pro ShoP Driving range Mini golf golf CartS funCtionS venue Bar & CluB houSe garDenS roaD (in the CitY) 08 8981 6365 www.gardensparkgolfinks.com.au 6:30aM 7:00PM 2 players for the price of one two for tueSDaY Deal 2 players, 1 golf cart & 1 bucket of range balls only $40 waCkY weDneSDaY Deal One complimentary beverage for green fee players after a round of golf thirStY thurSDaY Deal

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