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06 NEWS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29 2014 SUBE01Z01MA - V1 Crucial point in night golf plan DARWIN council was last night set to hear the results of a lengthy and controversial public consultation process over the introduction of night golf at The Gardens Golf Links. Links owner Roger Dee hired private consultancy Northern Planning Consultants to liaise with residents, some of whom remain staunchly opposed to the proposal. If approved, the $1 million plan will see 42 light towers constructed on the first nine holes of the course, allowing golfers to play as late as 10pm. One of the proposals most vocal critics, Harry Mashke, said the consultation process ignored local concerns in favour of course owners. It was very weak, theyve kept the whole thing very hush-hush, he said. Mr Mashke is concerned about the projects impact on wildlife in the area and the local lifestyle. A fiery public meeting in September heard concerns that night-golf could turn into bogan-golf, among dozens of other worries about light pollution, the local environment and anti-social behaviour. Rosemary Yanz, of Larrakeyah, said she sees anti-social behaviour at the golf course, and that despite the rules in place, players were sometimes drunk, loud and unruly. The players seem to have a disregard for social norms, she said. Mr Dee said in addition to the monitoring of unruly behaviour that the course introduced last year, night golfers would be subject to stringent alcohol restrictions. This has been in the pipeline for nearly 10 years. The lights wont be completed by December as wed planned, but itll go ahead as quickly as we can get it to, he said. Mr Dee rejected concerns about the consultation process, saying it was thorough and independent, and that he was hopeful the plans would pass through council. I understand peoples concerns, but weve gone to great effort and expense to get to this stage. Darwin needs more night-time activity, and we think were doing things the right way, he said. By CRAIG DUNLOP It was very weak, theyve kept the whole thing very hush hush Charles Darwin University student Kate Buckley is researching sawfish. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Is being in captivity a saw issue? CHARLES Darwin University PhD candidate Kate Buckley is studying sawfish as part of a research project that looks at the impact and benefits of keeping threatened sharks and rays in public aquariums. Animals like largetooth sawfish have been kept in public aquaria since their inception in the 1870s, but as a species gets rarer and rarer, we need to start looking at the sustainability of these displays, Ms Buckley said. Ms Buckley looked at the ef fects of removing sawfish from their natural habitats to display in public aquariums and their survivorship once they were released back into the wild. Im tracking both wild and aquaria-released sawfish to see their movements in the river system and how dispersed any sort of impacts might be, Ms Buckley said. Ms Buckley released five largetooth sawfish back into the Adelaide River to monitor their survival rates after they had been captured and held in captivity at the Territory Wildlife Park for six months. She said the sawfish showed similar movements to other wild sawfish in the river, which indicated their wild instincts may not have been lost after being held in captivity. It is a really good sign, Ms Buckley said. She is also conducting surveys at every public aquarium in Australia that displays sawfish. It is really important to find out whether peoples knowledge about sawfish, their attitudes and their behaviours change after seeing these animals on display, she said. Feral guppies evicted POPULATIONS of feral guppies have been removed from a stormwater drain in the Darwin suburb of Lyons and from a pond at the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. The eradication was carried out by NT Fisheries Officers with Museum and Art Gallery NT staff and Parks and Wildlife Commission staff. Guppies are a non-native ornamental fish species. If released into natural waterways, non-native fish can compete with native fish for food and space. They can dominate waterways by reproducing in large numbers, survive in adverse habitats, and alter and disturb natural habitats. They also feed on native fish, insects, and plants and introduce diseases and parasites. The eradication was very successful, manager of aquatic biosecurity with the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries Murray Barton said. Several thousand feral guppies were removed from these areas. Native fish, including purple-spotted gudgeons, tarpon, barramundi and rainbowfish, were removed prior to treatment, then relocated. Heavy rain can result in backyard ponds overflowing and carrying non-native fish and plants into NT waterways. NT Fisheries said people with ponds should prevent the escape of fish and not dispose of unwanted fish or plants in waterways. There is a wide variety of hardy, attractive and interesting native fish species, which can be used in aquaria and backyard ponds. Many of these fish will also help control mosquitoes by feeding on their larvae. Some of these native fish include gudgeons, rainbowfish, blue-eyes and glassfish, Mr Barton said. Releasing non-native aquatic species into waterways is illegal. If you are aware of such activity, call the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 891 136. Visit www.dpif.nt.gov.au/ aquaticpests By COURTNEY TODD Caf & Bar facilit es Disco & DJ Pre-book your reserved table and receive 2 jugs of drink for FREE! Book your party from 6pm for your own VIP space! (Normal party booking condit ons apply)Playground & Laser Tag Come in and take a tour of our Haunted Cave if you dare! (Warning Cave includes live actors doing their best to make you scream!) KJS Entertainment, 16 Malak Cres, Malak NT 0812 Ph: 8927 1133 Fax: 8927 1135 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kjsentertainment.com.au Your family is invited to..... Halloween @ KJS Friday 31st October 6:00pm 9:00pm $20 p/child Disco & Playground entry $30 p/child Disco, Play & 1 game Laser Tag Adult entry is free THIS FRIDAY Phone 8927 5599 Open Monday-Friday 8am to 9pm Saturday 8am to 4pm Arafura Medical Clinic, Arafura Skin Clinic and Darwin Gynaecology Specialist Clinic operate from the same premises A bulk-billing medical service at Arafura Medical Clinics is now available at the Casuarina Shopping Village Dr Lionel Crompton is leading an experienced team of doctors available six days a week at 54 Bradshaw Tce Casuarina (behind Bob Jane T-Mart) NEW PATIENTS ARE MOST WELCOME BULK BILLING
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