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V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Epuron Solar has completed commissioning of an expansion of the Uterne Solar Plant in Alice Springs. The plant, which was constructed for Epuron Solar by SunPower, will substantially increase the amount of cost-competitive, solar-generated electricity supplied to the local Alice Springs electricity network which is operated by Power and Water Corporation. Standing behind this project is a long term power purchase agreement backed by Territory Generation and fi nancing provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The newly constructed expansion has increased the capacity of the Uterne Solar Plant from 1 megawatt to 4.1 megawatts. The additional capacity means Alice Springs now has one of the highest penetration levels of solar in the country, which is extremely important for the future of Alice Springs, demonstrating the potential for regional Australian communities to benefi t from clean, cost-effective, locally generated solar energy. We are delighted to add the Uterne expansion to our growing portfolio of operational solar assets, said Martin Poole, Epuron Solar Executive Director. Uterne is the largest solar farm in Australia with sun tracking technology which captures more energy consistently throughout the day. Power and Water Corporation is proud to have facilitated the development of solar projects in Alice Springs, said Trevor Horman, Manager of Sustainable Energy. We have been a strong supporter of solar energy in the Northern Territory for over twenty years. COMMISSIONING OF EXPANDED UTERNE SOLAR PLANT Were inviting the Alice Springs community to join in the automotive action, displays and entertainment across Alice Springs from 3 to 6 September this Fathers Day weekend! Street machines, elite show cars, hobby vehicles, hot rods, classics, supercars and more will be showcased in events such as precision grass driving, Motorkhana, street cruising, show and shine, drag racing, judged competitions and an offi cial Burnout Masters qualifi er. There will be heaps of entertainment for the kids and a Rock N Rumble concert on Friday night featuring Chocolate Starfi sh and Dr Elephant. Tickets are available now online, at selected outlets in Alice Springs or at the gate at both Blatherskite Park and Alice Springs Inland Dragway. Daily Spectator Tickets are $20 per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or you can purchase a 3 Day Chrome Pass for $50 per person which includes entry to Rock N Rumble concert and access to all venues from Friday to Sunday. Children 13 years and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. A free bus service will operate regularly during the event (Friday to Sunday) between the main venues and Anzac Oval. A timetable is available on the website along with the program of events. For further information contact NT Major Events Company on 8999 5256 or visit the Red CentreNATS website: www.redcentrenats.com.au The Red CentreNATS is proudly presented by the Northern Territory Government in association with the team from Australias favourite horsepower party..the Summernats. Uterne Solar Plant, Alice Springs. CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN ALICE SPRINGS Construction of two new early childhood education facilities in Alice Springs is well into the fi rst phase of planning. A new $4 million early childhood facility will be constructed at Braitling Primary School to replace the existing Teppa Hill Preschool. The relocation of the preschool next to the primary school will further enable continuity for the whole school community, strengthening relationships between staff, students and families. The facility is expected to be completed in January 2017 and will cater for 47 places andallow for future growth to meet the needs of students entering the fi rst stage of schooling. A $5.5 million integrated Child and Family Centre at Larapinta Primary School will also be built. The new centre will provide 70 new long day childcare places and will help to meet a growing need for childcare in Alice Springs for children aged 0 to 5 years. The centre will see early childhood and education and care services combined with targeted support services such as parent education, family support programs and allied health and wellbeing services, particularly for families with complex support needs. Kendyl and Uliyah Forrester enjoying activities in Alice Springs. JOIN IN THE ACTION AT THE RED CENTRENATS Local resident Bruce Willis with his 87 C4 Corvette. DEVELOPING THE CENTRE | Whats happening across our regions Crime fi gures are dropping in Alice Springs. Alice Springs house break-ins are down by 17%, with commercial break-ins down by 3% when compared to the previous year. NT Police property crime task force, Strike Force Vega, remains vigilant in responding to all unlawful entries and has built an extensive knowledge base around recidivist offenders, ensuring forensic testing is completed quickly to allow for early arrests. Alice Springs offences against the person have decreased by 13% when compared with the previous year; this decrease is refl ected in assault offences which are also down by 13% for the year. Strike Force Romulus will concentrate on these types of offences, our focus is to continue the long-term downward trend to enhance community confi dence. Tennant Creek continues to experience decreases, with total property offences down by 17% compared to the previous year. Strike Force Agra, which focuses on the prosecution of offenders and strict enforcement of Domestic Violence Orders and Alcohol Protection Orders, has continued to realise results, with total offences against the person in Tennant Creek reduced by 53% compared with the previous year. High levels of family violence and youth crime across Central Australia are of concern to Police. This type of crime has a devastating impact on the entire community. Police maintain an excellent working relationship with partner agencies and non-government organisations across the region, with a shared vision of protecting victims and holding perpetrators to account. We ask that you join this partnership by reporting any violent activity and property crime to Police. It is up to everyone to speak out and support those in need by reporting matters promptly. In July 2015, Commander Danny Bacon assumed the responsibility for the Southern Command. We encourage you to call Police to respond to incidents on 131 444, or 000 in the case of an emergency. Crime Stoppers can be contacted on 1800 333 000 if you have any information relating to a crime that does not require an immediate response. CRIME DOWN IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA Construction of a new $5 million teaching and training facility started in Alice Springs this month. Located at the Alice Springs Hospital site, the facility will allow staff to be trained using state of-the art technology to replicate real emergency situations. Staff and visitors will reap the benefi ts of the new building which will include a 100-seat theatre as well as a clinical skills training room and two 25seat tutorial training rooms. Two video conferencing rooms, a student work area, offi ces and reception area will complete the centre. The new facility will mean that local people undertaking postgraduate studies can work and learn in Central Australia without having to travel interstate to further develop their skills. NEW TEACHING AND TRAINING FACILITY AT ALICE SPRINGS HOSPITAL Phillip Creek Station, located 40km north of Tennant Creek recently received $19,500 in funding under the Northern Territory Government Smarter Business Solutions program. The funding covered half of the purchase price to replace three existing diesel generator powered bores on the property with three new solar powered bores. The solar bores will provide about 85,000 litres per day to tanks and watering points across the station. Pressure switches have also been installed that will turn off the pumps when the tank and troughs are full. The solar bores have an annual fuel saving of around 8,300 litres or about $13,000 per year. With additional savings on maintenance and labour as the existing diesel bores required staff to drive considerable distances to refuel them multiple times a week. Bore checks will still occur on the solar units, however they will be less often. The Smarter Business Solutions program is designed to help Northern Territory business owners, Indigenous enterprises and not-for-profi t organisations reduce their day to day energy, water and material costs. The program provides free advice and grant funding incentives for entities to adopt effi cient, innovative technologies and best practices that will reduce their energy, water, waste and material costs. For more information on the program please contact Departments Business Development Offi cers on 8951 8562 or firstname.lastname@example.org SOLAR BORES GENERATE SAVINGS FOR PHILLIP CREEK STATION Solar bore installed on Phillip Creek Station, image credit Sandy Warby. The Northern Territory Government will develop accommodation in Tennant Creek and Alice Springs for end stage renal patients who need to relocate to access treatment, with $10 million over three years from the Australian Government. Renal infrastructure, including accommodation for patients and members of their family, is important to ensure patients have access to much needed dialysis and renal support services. This new funding will deliver improved access to renal infrastructure with two new renal clinics in the remote communities of Docker River and Papunya and upgrades to the health clinic at Mt Leibig, allowing patients to receive treatment in their own communities. As part of the funding, community housing will be provided in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek for Indigenous renal patients and their families or carers, who are required to relocate from remote communities of Central Australia, to access treatment for end-stage kidney disease. Minister for Housing, Bess Price, visited the remote community of Docker River to inspect the progress of upgrades to existing dwellings being completed by local Indigenous residents. $10 MILLION SUPPORT FOR CENTRAL AUSTRALIA RENAL PATIENTS Minister for Housing, Bess Price, with workers upgrading the Docker River properties. The construction site of the Teaching and Training Facility at the Alice Springs Hospital. Whats happening across our regions | DEVELOPING THE CENTRE