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06 NEWS MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tell me all on bullies: New boss NEW Health Department boss Len Notaras wants despairing public servants to report bullying and inappropriate behaviour directly to him. The unprecedented step comes after a series of NT News reports about endemic bullying within the department, particularly among remote area nurses who say they are being routinely victimised by certain managers. Those reports have received an overwhelming response from whistleblowers. Dr Notaras, who has been in the job for just six weeks, criticised the middle-management response of attempting to identify staff making anonymous comments. He said during an exclusive interview that he will now personally take charge of the bulling issue. He acknowledged there must be something happening. I have certainly noticed and been struck by the fact that people need to raise things particularly about inappropriate behaviour, Dr Notaras said. Im implementing a tell the CEO email opportunity that will be confidential. There needs to be some structure in place to address concerns whether they be real or perceived. What I want to do is to be able to do that with the department at arms length. Dr Notaras acknowledged that people could not be expected to raise issues if they did not feel supported by the bureaucracy. But he stressed he was not about to start a witch hunt and that any claims made would be dealt with through proper process. Im not trying to set up nurses who are sincerely trying to do their job, he said. But if that sort of culture exists we need to change it. By BEN SMEE Darwin man Eric Fejo is devastated that Inpex is clearing land near Blaydin Point, meaning a centuryold bush chicken nest and an old bloodwood tree will be destroyed Picture: AARON BURTON A DARWIN Larrakia elder has launched a battle against mining giant Inpex in a bid to save a bush chicken nest he says is more than 100 years old. The nest, along with a century-old bloodwood tree, is in the path of bushland about to be cleared for the pipeline to the onshore LNG processing plant at Blaydin Point. But an Inpex spokeswoman said a heritage assessment of the orange footed scrub fowl nest had been conducted in January and determined the site was not of significance. Eric Fejo was working as a heritage monitor for the Larrakia Development Corporation when he discovered the large nest in January, just 30m off Wickham Point Rd. This is a nest of significant cultural significance that has survived both Cyclone Tracy and World War II, Mr Fejo said. It has been here for well over 100 years, and it creates life for not just the bush chickens who keep returning here to lay their eggs, but for goannas, king browns and pythons who have for decades used the site for food. Mr Fejo was disappointed that his proposal to shift the clearance borders was rejected. Teen Everest climber visits ONE of the worlds best young mountaineers has come down from the thin air of the Himalayas to spend two months in the Red Centre. Raghav Joneja, 16, became the youngest Indian, and second-youngest person, to climb Mt Everest in May last year. I nearly died twice, Raghav said. On the way up, right at one of the most technical parts of climb, at the spot where 16 people died this year, I hit my leg and fell. Some ice fell on me and I just thought to myself: This is it. Then, on the way down after the summit, I was 100m from Camp 4. All of a sudden there was a white-out and I was lost. I had half an hour of oxygen left and I was just waiting to die in the cold, with nothing to breathe. Another climber found me and showed me the way to camp. He completed the expedition with five other students, after eight months of intensive training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The young adventurer, from Sanawar, is nearing the end of a two-month exchange at St Philips college in Alice Springs, where he continues to train for expeditions. I go running a lot and I love rock climbing. I tried playing AFL once, but I had no idea. I just ran around thinking: What is going on? Hes also taken part in the schools outdoors program. Bid to talk turkey on chickens Love your bills Win $25,000 with Australia Post Post Billpay Pay a bill* in-store, online, smartphone or through your MyPost Digital Mailbox and you could win $25,000 Enter your details & receipt number into auspost.com.au/payandwin Competition starts 9am AEDT 28/4/14 and ends at 11.59pm AEST on 29/6/14. Entry open to all residents of Australia aged over 18 years (excluding employees, licensees and contractors (and immediate families of the Promoter). Entrants can enter as many times as they like by entering their Post Billpay receipt number through auspost.com.au/payandwin. 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