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20 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 20 2014 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Fears cuts will damage tourism GOVERNMENT cuts are threatening the Central Australian tourism sector. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon has criticised the Federal Governments decision to cut tourism trend funding and walk away from domestic marketing. For the future of Central Australian and Territory tourism, we need investment not cuts, Mr Snowdon said. Tony Abbott is cutting funding for research of domestic tourism trends and the industry think this is a recipe for disaster. This is a further blow to our Territory tourism sector and shows Mr Abbotts complete lack of commitment to an industry that employs tens of thousands of Territorians. Mr Abbott does not even have a Minister for Tourism. Mr Snowdon said 80 per cent of tourism in the NT was domestic and there was a decline of 22 per cent in the number of domestic visitor nights spent in the NT last year. Chair of the Australia Regional Tourism Network David Sheldon has called upon regional tourism organisations, industry leaders, associations and operators to hound their state and territory politicians about reversing the Governments decision to walk away from domestic marketing before the deadline of June 30. To walk away from domestic marketing and leave it all in the hands of all states is a recipe for disaster, Mr Sheldon said. Jessica Brown TOURISM REPORTER Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis at Yipirinya School. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Good mental health at work pays MILLIONS of Australians believe their workplace is not mentally healthy resulting in a high numbers of sick days. Research released by mental health body beyondblue showed about 95 per cent of Territorians and South Australians believed a mentally healthy workplace was import ant but only 50 per cent signalled they were working in one. Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennet said it was vital that employers promoted good mental health. This research confirms that employers can reduce absenteeism by improving mental health in the workplace but many of them dont understand the value of good mental health at work, he said. Beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance have unveiled an Australian-first interactive guide that allows firms to create a free, tailor-made mental health plan at headsup.org.au Costas hands on approach Monika OHanlon LIFESTYLE WRITER STUDENTS at Yipirinya School were surprised by a visit from Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis. The green-thumbed TV personality checked out the schools veggie patch and shared gardening knowledge. It was great to get the chance to be able to meet the kids, have a look at what theyre doing, and tell them what they are doing is fantastic, Costa said. Its fantastic to be able to demonstrate at school how easy it is to grow a garden. To then have the facilities at school to show them you can just take that silver beet, or bean and turn them into a simple recipe as well as showing them you can just eat it raw. It tastes so good, and so full of liquid and freshness. During his talk, Costa showed ways to grow a lot of vegetables in a small area. I try to explain to them they dont need a huge area to grow a lot of food all year round, he said. He said that a bean picked a few weeks ago could seem like a piece of leather to the students but taken straight from the garden it was very tasty. They were smashing the snow peas, he said. Youre teaching them about how to be friends with their food. The vegetable garden at Yipirinya School is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation which takes a revolutionary approach to food education focusing on pleasure, flavour and fun. Grow your business successfully A free business upskills workshop for small businesses, Planning for Business Growth, will be held next week. People interested in attending the three-hour sessions presented by Business & Community Developments Pty Ltd should register today. This workshop will help businesses overcome challenges and capitalise on opportunities to enable growth. Whether your business has just started or its ready to diversify, it is important to plan growth so that it is controlled and properly managed. Register now for this workshop numbers are limited. The workshop is being held from 5.30-8.30pm at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort at 34 Stott Tce on Wednesday. Can your business afford not to take opportunities to grow? To view the course outline and to register go to nt.gov.au/ upskills. Thieves lose hammer ALICE Springs outlets have been the target of another break-in this week. Entry was forced at Valor Art / SK8 / Life in Todd Mall on Wednesday night. The thieves used a hammer to break into the premises. The tool was left at the scene. Clothing, footwear, accessories and a small amount of cash was stolen. Page 27 Cafe also experienced property damage. Buy your mulch in bulk from the Regional Waste Management Facility. FREE delivery of mulch within Alice Springs for orders per six metre truck load (some conditions may apply). Landscaping mulch @ $29.95/m3 second grade, there may be litter contamination. For more information enquire in person at the Regional Waste Management Facility weighbridge or call 8953 3674. Winter Mulch Sale REGIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY COMMUNITY NOTICE Phone: (08) 8950 0500 Web: www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au Rex Mooney &KLHI([HFXWLYH2IFHU A town like Alice
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