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The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013



The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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4 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 9, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -N O V -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Vacant houses have a date with bulldozer Houses removed from Eaton and languishing at Pinelands earlier this year Picture: JUSTIN SANSON By SARAH CRAWFORD THE Defence Department is planning to demolish 108 empty houses at Eaton and turn two-thirds of the suburb into an ADF working facility, confidential documents show. A ministerial advisory paper states the hundreds of empty homes in the middle of Darwin are not suitable for civilians because the land is a critical base from which to launch largescale military operations from northern Australia. The Defence briefing also said the RAAF base next door makes most of Eaton too noisy to live in, despite the fact six surrounding suburbs also fall within the same noise level zone. The briefing paper is another blow to Solomon MP Natasha Griggs three-year campaign to have the unwanted Defence homes available for civilians to purchase and help to ease Darwins housing shortage. Ms Griggs, who has seen ADFs advice for Defence Minister David Johnston, said she was unimpressed with its cant do attitude. The brief is about whats best for Canberra, not whats best for Darwin and the Territory, she said. It is a disgrace in the middle of a housing crisis there are 270 houses sitting empty in the middle of Darwin. There are 354 homes at Eaton of which 268 are vacant. Northern Transportables has bought 277 houses to remove and sell to the public for about $100,000 each. They have so far removed 32 houses. Of the original 386 houses at Eaton, 108 have been tagged for demolition as they are deemed unfit to live in a claim Ms Griggs disputes. Defence want to absorb two-thirds of Eaton for ADF use and build 100 homes on the 8.7 ha that will be left of the existing suburb. They expect to have the 100 homes finished, ready for Defence families by 2016. The 277 homes Northern Transportables will remove could be hard to sell to the public as banks wont lend to home buyers unless their house is already on land. People who buy the homes will have to put them on land in the rural area as there are restrictions on restumping homes on plots in Darwin suburbs. Mr Johnston was unavailable to say if he would stop Defences plans for Eaton as he was flying to Jakarta yesterday. But Ms Griggs said the Abbott Government was considering what to do with Eaton houses. Creek training reaps rewards A RECORD 77 students have completed qualifications at Charles Darwin Universitys Tennant Creek Centre. Centre leader Kate Young said a mixture of flexible study modes and a broad range of certificates and diplomas had contributed to a year of academic success in the town. Qualifications were presented in the areas of hospitality, automotive, arts, electro-technology, business, community services, resources and infrastructure, training and assessment, and other areas. Teenager already a top shot By MEGAN PALIN A DARWIN teenager has been selected to represent Australia in a national shooting squad. Lydia Bott, 17, pictured, will compete in the Australian Junior Womens Air Rifle team at the Oceanias Continental Championships in Sydney from November 29 to December 5. Ive competed in national championships before but this is the first time I have been in an Australian shooting squad, I am pretty proud, Lydia said. Ive only been shooting air rifles since October last year. Lydia shot her first gun when she was seven years old. My dad taught me how to shoot, the teen said. It makes me feel good. You learn a lot of selfdiscipline, its challenging and you can accomplish a lot. I think of it as a mental process not as a shooting game. The former St Marys Primary School student moved to Brisbane to attend boarding school in 2008. A lot of people think its cool when they see a young girl shooting a gun, she said. The Year 12 student said she often shoots top scores of 10.9. You cant really get to this level if youre not shooting a lot of 10s, she said. Lydia said sports shooting was safe. Its very enjoyable, she said. Lydia hopes to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. 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