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Sun newspapers Wed 15 Jul 2015



Sun newspapers Wed 15 Jul 2015


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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04 NEWS WEDNESDAY JULY 15 2015 SUBE01Z01MA - V1 Free Home Energy Saving Assistance Eligible residents of Greater Darwin are provided with a free energy assessment to reduce home energy costs and stay cool. Plus one of the following complimentary services or products; Air conditoner clean/ service Energy saving devices Fly screen repair/ replacement A heat refectve roof paint. Am I eligible? This project is available to residents who do NOT live in Territory housing and meet one of the following; Hold a low income healthcare card, or Live on an approved low income, or Receive an approved Centrelink payment Contact COOLmob today 8981 3642 or www.coolmob.orgSince having my roof painted the inside of my house feels much cooler. I used to turn on the air conditoning most of the tme but now I dont need to. -Ayu, Smart Cooling partcipant 2015 This actvity received funding from the Australian Government. Is your energy bill too high? FREE PRODUCTS & SERVICES FREE ENERGY AUDIT Greenery gets some attention SEVERAL of the Top Ends most-loved nature spaces are getting some much-needed attention thanks to a national program and green thumbs from the area. The Green Army is a handson, practical environmental action program that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across the country. It is for 17- to 24-year-olds interested in protecting their environment. Friends of Fogg Dam, McMinns Lagoon, Mitchell Creek and Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare groups have all benefited from some Green Army help, which has seen teams of up to eight people working with them. Friends of Fogg Dam chairwoman Heather Boulden said a team of four had visited the dam on four occasions. There is always plenty of weeding and the other thing that they have them doing is putting oil on the boardwalk and the lookouts, she said. She said although there werent many people participating in the program, they appreciated and needed the help. Friends of Mitchell Creek Catchment Landcare group chairwoman Sue McKinnon said a group of people aged 17 to 21 had been visiting the Mitchell Creek catchment area three days a month. What theyve been doing is pulling up weeds, particularly mission grass and gamba grass, she said. Funding of $6672 was also given to Conservation Volunteers through the Green Army program, to start a gamba grass eradication program at Litchfield National Park. If you are interested in finding out more or joining the Green Army, visit www. environment.gov.au/land/ green-army/serviceproviders. would be rezoned from community purpose to highdensity residential. Mr Makrylos said the 2012 plan largely focused on housing choice and the supply of sufficient land, which led him to believe the land would eventually be rezoned. He said the plan also promoted The Gardens as an activity centre and prime for residential densification. Last week, against vocal opposition, Planning Minister Dave Tollner signed off on the rezone, allowing the Makrylos Group to push ahead with plans to build Elysium. Im aware its a controversial decision. But its the right decision, Mr Tollner said at the time. Somebodys got to be the adjudicator. Its not a pretty job and I know a lot of people will hate me for it. He said he had listened to the public and made compro mises such as lowering the height of the building. He also argued there was strong community support for the project, citing 1198 letters received in favour of it. Opponents of the plan have questioned the validity of those letters and Labor has called on Mr Tollner to release them to the public. The CLP have a habit of saying just trust us when its very clear the public does not How developers envisage the controversial Elysium project in The Gardens will look. High-rise vision revealed THE developers behind the controversial plan to build high-rise tower blocks in The Gardens suburb have released an artists impression of the development, and defended their project. Michael Makrylos and his wife Gina Panagopoulos say their plans are in keeping with the 2012 Greater Darwin Plan developed under the previous Labor NT government. They said they took a calculated risk when they paid around $3 million for lot 7280 on Blake St in the hope it trust them at all, Opposition Leader Michael Gunner said. The towers of Elysium will rise seven storeys, not the Makrylos desired nine, and have 118 apartments 20 per cent fewer than the developers wanted. It will include a cafe and there are plans for a boulevard of trees along both sides of Gardens Hill Cres and Blake St. Through this development we want to provide the platform for rejuvenation of the Gardens suburb, Ms Panagopoulos said. The grand plan for The Gardens