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FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 NEWS 15 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Cash for shelter dries up THE NT Government will stop funding the Apmere Mwerre short-term Visitor Parks operation at the end of this month. The government has been in negotiations with a private provider to take over the running and operation of the Alice Springs-based accommodation service, with their agreement with the Aboriginal Hostels Limited to expire on June 30. Shadow Minister for Housing Lynne Walker warned that the cut could lead to a boom in public housing overcrowding and homelessness in Alice Springs. Housing Minister Matt Conlan revealed in Estimates hearings that the NT Government will be cutting funding of $674,000, Ms Walker said. He also revealed plans to sell off Stuart Lodge, which provides accommodation primarily to families visiting town for medical reasons. This revelation raises questions about what will happen from July 1. Mr Conlan said the operation would continue as normal for the next six months while discussions with potential private operators continued. He told a recent Estimates hearing that he expected the service being delivered will not change. It is likely to enhance the service of the Visitor Park, Mr Conlan said. It is the governments intention to ensure that continues as a service, providing the service it does to the Central Australian region. Matt Garrick Kay Eade announces the launch of the 2014 Customer Service Awards along with Sheila Hill from The Gem Cave and past winner Peter Tiller from Headlines Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY THIS years Customer Service Awards are here again and the event organiser, the Chamber of Commerces Kay Eade, said the awards have gone down well in the retail sector. Customers are number one in any business, she said We are not looking for people that smile or greet a customer by name everyone can do that, and that is what they are paid to do. We are looking for staff that do something extraordinary those that go an extra mile for a customer to get a service, she said. The awards started in 2011 and, since then, businesses always strive to come tops. This years winners will be announced on July 18. To nominate a business, go to alicespringscustomerservice awards.com.au and type on the nominations page. It is the governments intention to ensure that continues as a service, providing the service it does to the Central Australian region. Award that tells you so much Eye on China visit increases A DRAFT plan to boost the numbers of Chinese visitors to the Territory has been released for consultation by the NT Government. The Draft China Market Activation Plan II (CMAP II) was released Wednesday and maps the governments aim to try and increase Chinese visitation to the Territory from 14,000 to 30,000 people per year by 2020. CMAP II focuses on the latest consumer insights, target market analysis, policy changes and collaborative platforms that present opportunities for the NT tourism industry. It also seeks to consolidate existing programs and activities and introduces a new focus on attracting Chinese investment as a lever to drive tourism growth. The target markets include affluent free independent travellers, Chinese international students, working holiday makers from Taiwan and the business event and incentives market aligned to the Territorys industry strengths, such as mining and resources. CMAP II can be downloaded at www.tourismnt.com.au/en/Strategies/C hina-Market-Act ivat ionPlan.aspx. The opportunity to comment on the draft plan will be available until Friday, July 25. Tel: (08) 89 521 702 | F (08) 89 521 704 Email: email@example.com LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED Quality products used throughout installation - German and Italian inverters Quality aftersales service Domestic and commercial installations 25 years performance warranty on panels 5 year standard warranty on inverter 5 year warranty on installation Each system tailored to suit the premises Each system installed to Power & Water standards to ensure a timely connection Clean Energy Council accredited designers and installers Competitive pricing TDC SOLAR INSTALLATION quote NOW F eeF ee CallCall Contact 24hr / 7days a week comprehensive breakdown service! SOLAR PANELS Save money on Power Costs with END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE CALL NOW (08) 89 521 702
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