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Sun newspapers Wed 29 Oct 2014



Sun newspapers Wed 29 Oct 2014


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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29 2014 COMMUNITY 11 V1 - SUBE01Z01MA Council seeks your feedback PALMERSTON council has been working hard over the last 12 months on the upgrade of the city centre, with the first stage of Goyder Square completed and Stage 1 of transforming The Boulevard into the citys new main street scheduled for completion in December. At last weeks council meeting, the commencement of public consultation was approved for the next stage of the ongoing Goyder Square redevelopment. Council is seeking public feedback on the design concepts that will develop the public open space of the city centre into a green tropical space which, when completed, will feature the large outdoor TV screen, provide an ongoing venue for the Friday night markets and a place for residents to enjoy a safe, green and shady environment. Key features of the Goyder Square design concepts include tree-lined paths to provide shade, a performance area, adjacent outdoor seating area and shared bike/foot path linking Roystonea Ave to Chung Wah Tce. Council is taking an active approach to consultation and will be holding an information session at the Library this Friday, October 31, between 6pm and 8pm. To provide feedback to Council on the design, email feedback@ palmerston.nt.gov.au. Im thrilled to see the next stages of consultation for the implementation of the City Centre Master Plan begin. Our city is a World Health Organisation-designated Safe Community, committed to identifying safety issues and working with the community to make Palmerston a safe place to live, work and play. We want residents to complete a short survey to tell us how safe you feel living in Palmerston and to provide your feedback on issues and suggestions for improvements. The survey can be found at www.palmerston.nt.gov.au under Community Services. By taking part in this survey you can enter into a draw to win an Apple iPad Air. All of your answers will remain confidential. Time to say thank you to NT teachers OCTOBER 31 is World Teachers Day. Territory teachers will be recognised and thanked at functions in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs and regional centres. Individual schools and communities will also celebrate their teachers and support staff, who all have enormous responsibilities. Teachers are responsible for a great deal that goes beyond academic teaching and learning. They are advisers, counsellors and friends, responsible for social, emotional and moral aspects of development in young people. They share a partnership with parents and primary caregivers in nurturing the worlds most precious resource our children. There are two myths about teaching that need to be dispelled. The first is that teachers work a six-hour day, five days a week, for 40 weeks a year. There is much more to teaching. Hours of planning and preparation go into it. Instruction is followed by assessment, upon which revision and extension programs are based. The system demands countless hours from teachers and support staff to do administrative tasks. Teachers can be found at school early in the morning, late at night, on weekends and during holidays. Many take work home with them. What is seen of teachers work by the public is a small percentage of their total commitment. The second myth is that teachers focus only on academics. There is a great deal more to the development of children. Teachers aim to work with parents to develop wellrounded students with the confidence and skills necessary to master the challenges of their future. The NT Government, Department of Education, NT Independent Schools Association and others will recognise this effort on World Teachers Day. The once-a-year celebration recognises the care and commitment teachers and staff bring to work every day. This Friday, pay tribute to all those connected with education across the length and breadth of the Territory. There can be no greater or more significant work than what is done by staff in our schools. Take time this week and every week, to acknowledge and say thank you to our school staff for the great job they do. ABOUT HENRY A Territorian since 1975, Henry has worked in remote, town and urban communities. He was principal at Leanyer School from 1992 until he retired in 2012. Expanding aged care to all COUNCIL on the Ageing NT has been engaged as part of the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program to undertake the Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of CaLD Communities project. This is a great opportunity for CaLD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities to have their say about the Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) and to become informed about the process. The timelines are very short but COTA NT invites members and representatives from CaLD communities to attend the first consultation meeting on Monday, from 12pm-2.30pm (light lunch will be provided) at Spillett House, 65 Smith St, Darwin. There will be two more sessions, an information and a training session in January and February. Details will be available soon. The Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of CaLD Communities project is about bringing CaLD communities together to share and draw on their collective strengths, to build capacity and competency in developing competitive ACAR applications that will meet the aged care needs of their communities. The project has three parts: Consultation about aged care needs in CaLD communities including members of the community, community representatives and staff. Workshop providing feedback on DSS materials and ACAR process. Training for community representatives potentially responsible for preparing ACAR submissions. For more information contact PICAC program manager for the NT Lina Paselli at picac@cotant.org.au or phone 8941 1004. CEO COTA NT, Graeme Bevis Its time for culturally and linguistically diverse communities to have a say on aged care. For more information contact MASTER BUILDERS NT on 8922 9666 or visit www.mbant.com.au Join Master Builders NT today for: Local support & representation on industry matters Industrial Relations & Workplace Health and Safety services Industry Training Networking events Member Discounts Toyota Fleet, Telstra, Caltex, Medibank and more Are you a Business Owner, Tradesperson or Supplier in the Building & Construction Industry? 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