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The Northern Territory news Wed 19 Mar 2014



The Northern Territory news Wed 19 Mar 2014

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04 NEWS WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Couple of million will fund power split move SPLITTING Power and Water Corporation will cost about a couple of million dollars, Territory Treasurer Dave Tollner has revealed. The power outage that blackened Darwin last week dominated debate in parliament yesterday. The NT Government deflected questions both inside the chamber and out yesterday before Mr Tollner gave an estimate when pushed by a reporter. If I was to pluck a number out of the air ... I would suggest that it wouldnt cost the taxpayer much more than a couple of million dollars to put in place the systems that are required, he said. Obviously there will be costs, but ... those costs will be more than met by the efficiencies and the savings that well make by having a much leaner and much more reliable and accountable utilities sector. The Opposition claimed in a statement yesterday that setting up a department called NewCo to administer the split, including the cost of external advisers and consultants, would be conservatively more than $100 million. Territorians have a right to know how much the split up of their utility will cost because at the end of the day they bear that burden, Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said. Mr Tollner described the Opposition figures as nonsensical. Earlier the parties traded barbs about the number of power disconnections. Ms Lawrie claimed during question time that disconnections had increased about fourfold since tariff hikes. The Government later released figures that show that the disconnections were broadly less common than they were in the months before the 2012 election. FEES DELAYED POWER and Water will hold off charging NT councils for street light repairs and maintenance ... for now. The utilitys proposed charges are being reviewed and will be delayed while the corporation undergoes structural reform. Palmerston council was outraged by the proposed charge of $575,000 a year from July 1. But now Power and Water will talk with councils and government departments about implementation of the new charges. Territory Wildlife Park volunteer Paul Wilcox builds a nesting box for sugar gliders Picture: ELISE DERWIN Working on the wild side EVERY month volunteers get a taste of what it is like to work at the Territory Wildlife Park through community involvement days. The program, held on the second and last Sunday of the month from 9am to noon, encourages people to take part in small projects around the park. Territory Wildlife Park as sistant curator Damien Stanioch said volunteers enjoy being able to give back to the park. And a lot of people enjoy being in places where the general public doesnt get to go, he said. Work includes building nesting boxes, planting, weeding, fence repairs, cleaning exhibits and making enrichment toys for animals at the park. Volunteer Paul Wilcox said helping out enabled him to gain hands-on experience while studying a Certificate II in land conservation and management. This is a chance to get my hands dirty and to feel like Im contributing to the upkeep of an important facility, he said. For more information visit territorywildlifepark. com.au/ involved/comm_involve.shtml. By COURTNEY TODD Surfing saltie catches a wave THIS cheeky crocodile was spotted body surfing at a popular Darwin beach. Onlookers were amused to see the croc playing around in the waves at Dripstone Cliffs yesterday afternoon. The saltie attracted a curious crowd with NT News Facebookers saying it was moving around in the water without a care. The croc certainly didnt mind the amateur paparazzi who braved a sudden attack by creeping close to the waters edge to take photos. This sighting follows a 3.5m saltie at Gunn Point by two fishos at the weekend. Crocs dont mind the choppier stuff, with a saltie scaring surfers out of the water at another Darwin city beach last month. The group of surfers were catching waves off Nightcliff beach about 2pm on February 6 when onlookers on the beach yelled to them that a crocodile was in pursuit. Luckily they escaped with their lives and their surfboards. DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS www.dob.nt.gov.au Free opportunity to advertise your jobs at the Newcomers Australia Expos The Northern Territory Government will be promoting the Northern Territory as a key destination to live and work at the upcoming national Newcomers Australia Expos. Local employers are invited to submit their hard to fll job vacancies to be showcased as part of the Northern Territory Government information stand. This is an opportunity to source new interstate talent for your business. Expo Dates: Brisbane - 5 April 2014 Melbourne -12 April 2014 Adelaide - 10 May 2014 Perth - 24 May 2014 Submitted vacancies will be promoted at all Newcomers Australia Expos, and the upcoming Skills, Employment and Careers Expos held in Darwin and Alice Springs in August. Employers should submit new vacancies a minimum of 5 working days prior to the expo to ensure inclusion. To fnd out more or to register your job vacancies visit: www.australiasnorthernterritory.nt.gov.au t: 1800 006 282 e: territoryworker@nt.gov.au