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The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015



The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Sep 2015

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WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 2015 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Evil queen and henchmen tracked across Top End THE hunt has ramped up for a killer queen bee and her mite-carrying swarm who pose a destructive risk to the Territorys agriculture industry. A wider search for the Asian honey bees queen and small swarm began in Katherine this week, with Tennant Creek and Elliot to follow throughout the month. The Asian bees are believed to be on the loose in the Top End after a comb was discovered without their queen in a campervan at East Arm after travelling from Cairns in June. Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries chief plant health manager, Stephen West, said the Asian honey bees are a host for varroa mites which, if introduced, could devastate the European honey bee population in the NT. This would impact local crops which rely on the European species for pollination, including the Territorys $70 million watermelon industry. Mr West said it may sound like searching for a needle in a haystack, but they are targeting the areas the campervan stopped en route from Cairns to Darwin which would have given the queen an opportunity to take off. Bees wouldnt take off going 100km/h on a highway and dont fly at night, so they would have to be stopped for the queen to move, he said. Were working on the premise that the queen and swarm was present when it left Cairns and as the truck has moved and stopped in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Elliot where they may have had the opportunity to abscond. Mr West said they would be thinking like a hungry bee and looking at food and water sources in those towns. The starting point when looking for bees is with the flowers, he said. Well be conducting visual inspections to see if we can spot anything well also be sweep netting and setting bee traps, he said. The areas were inspected immediately after the department was notified in June, with no luck, and monthly searches will be continued until June 2016. TAMARA HOWIE New RDH area open this week A NEW $55 million Allied Health facility at Royal Darwin Hospital will open its doors to patients later this week, Health Minister John Elferink said yesterday. The new purpose-built Allied Health facility will allow patients to access a variety of specialised Allied Health services in a convenient location, he said. The new facility will include treatment spaces for physiotherapy, occupation therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics and social work. It will also house a new paediatric therapy room and audiology and newborn hearing screening. An increased capacity to provide telehealth support for remote services will also be available. Allied Health staff will begin seeing patients in the new treatment space later this week. Financial boost for trees plan THE worlds largest owner and manager of commercial Indian sandalwood plantations has announced a new Indian sandalwood investment in the Northern Territory. Tropical Forestry Services (TFS), which has plantations in Western Australias Ord Valley and Queenslands Burdekin region, has secured further investment from Britain, buying 208 hectares in the Territory. The latest investment comes from the Church of England, the fourth investment by the church in TFS plantations. TFS chief executive Frank Wilson said the company was pleased the commissioners had shown confidence in TFS and the sandalwood market to make another significant investment in the new plantations in the Territory. This sale gives us a very solid start to the financial year for our institutional plantation sales program. 9 Bowen Street, Winnellie Call 8947 1375

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