Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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12 NEWS SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Price in Litchfield crisis talk LOCAL Government Minister Bess Price will meet with Litchfield mayor Allan McKay on Tuesday to discuss the internal crisis threatening to bring down the elected council. It will be Ms Prices first face-to-face meeting with any of the sagas key players since the mayor was banned from setting foot in the council offices by chief executive Iian Wilson on December 23. Close to six weeks since taking on the portfolio, Ms Price is yet to make any public comment. Mr McKay is accused by Mr Wilson, councillors and council staff of inappropriate behaviour including bullying and harassment. Councillors first unanimously passed a no-confidence vote in the mayor in May last year. Mr McKay has denied any wrongdoing and believes he is a victim of other peoples ambitions and agendas. Opposition Local Government spokesman Gerry McCarthy last week called on Ms Price to step in. Formal complaints against Mr McKay will be investigated by a government-appointed disciplinary committee. Ms Price has the power to dismiss the council if she believes it to be dysfunctional. Mr McKay has stated the council should be dismissed because the relationship between himself, the chief executive and councillors Mathew Salter, Michael Bowman, Vic Statham and Judy Cole had become untenable. When asked what Ms Price planned to do about the crisis, a spokeswoman said the Minister has directed the Department of Local Government and Community Services meet with all parties to resolve this matter. Only after direct questioning about Tuesdays meeting did the spokeswoman confirm Ms Price would meet personally with the mayor. By ZACH HOPE Crocodylus Park's meerkats move into their new purpose-built enclosure Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD C R O C O D Y L U S P a r k s meerkat couple have moved into their new digs in time to celebrate Australia Day tomorrow. There were rumours of the breeding pair throwing a few scorpions on the barbecue and inviting their dingo neighbours over but zoo supervisor Simon Ferguson was unable to confirm the scuttlebutt. The park received the two meerkats from a zoo in Tasmania in November last year and kept the pair in quarantine until their new enclosure was completed. Mr Ferguson said much of the meerkat manor is underground with a series dens and tunnels made from PVC pipe under the sand, which the little furballs can dig and ferret through. They should settle in well we put in a lot of effort to make their enclosure look and feel as natural as possible while still being serviceable and cleanable, he said. The dens have lids so we can check on them but largely well leave them undisturbed. We have a front opening enclosure so visitors arent looking through glass or wire but it can be totally locked up at night to prevent big snakes getting in and eating our little guys, he said. Crocodylus Park will soon offer meerkat encounters. It is hoped the Territorys only meerkat couple will become parents soon. Meerkats new manor is den and dusted By COURTNEY TODD Collectors Case, Disney Frozen Storybook & CD FREE* starts saturday february 7 | collect all 14 Bring home some magic with the NT News and Sunday Territorians Disney Read to Me Storybooks and CDs. Start building your familys collection of timeless classics and new favourites, from Saturday, February 7th, only when you buy the NT News and Sunday Territorian. Plus, dont miss your special 2015 Disney wall planner in the Sunday Territorian next weekend. For more information and list of participating outlets visit ntnews.com.au/magic *1st Storybook & CD and Collectors Case are FREE when you buy the NT News on 7/2/15. Storybooks & CDs 2-14 are available for $2.50 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian. Total collection $52.50. One storybook & CD per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Available at participating newsagents and Coles and Woolworths stores strictly while stocks last. Seentnews.com.au/magicfor a full list of stockists. * Paper + Frozen Storybook & CD + Case $2.20 D isn ey