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Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013



Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013


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WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013. Sun Newspapers 3 SUNNewspapers >> General News Sale of land is too hasty By ALISON BEVEGE Screw the council TWO women have accused Litchfield Council of ignoring pleas not to confiscate and sell ancestral land. Sharon McAlear said she first found out her family land was on the chopping block in 2010, when she saw an ad in the paper. A familiar name leapt out at her: George McKeddie. Ms McAlear was a descendent of the Scottish born merchant. Council said it would confiscate the Cherry St land and sell it to recoup thousands in unpaid rates. Ms McAlear asked if the sale could be delayed so she had time to establish the family claim on Cherry St, and to get the money together to pay the rates due. I just wanted a bit of time, she said. Council chief executive Russell Anderson said adequate time was given and that a rate payment plan was not presented for consideration. If a payment plan had been presented, council would have withdrawn (the) property from auction, he said. Sun Newspapers has an email sent by Ms McAlear to Mr Anderson clearly asking if council would consider a payment schedule. But instead the hammer fell in September 2010 for just $45,000 far below the unimproved capital value that was pegged at $60,000 in 2009. Ms McAlear was devastated. Council gets their money and thats all they care about. A second woman has stepped forward with a similar story. Social worker Janelle Coleman started chasing her former partners history after his grandfather left him a box of paperwork for land in Darwin. It turned out Derrick Cranwell was a direct descendent of William Fred Cranwell, one of the owners of the Lloyd Creek block that Litchfield Council sold for $625,000 in 2010. Ms Coleman asked council not to sell the land as there was a living descendant in Darwin. The council said at the start as long as youre chasing it, its not an issue, she said. Ms Coleman found several descendants, but there was a hiccup that was taking time to sort out. So council sold, without telling her. When a furious Ms Coleman rang, they told her she had 28 days to pay more than $18,500 in rates and interest. Ms Coleman, 36, is married to someone else and has no financial interest in the property, but said her sense of justice screamed at her. Screw the council, she said. Litchfield Council has seized and sold land from more than 50 people in the past few years. Aiko, a bull mastiff great dane cross, gets a taste of whats to come on RSPCA Cup Cake Day. The fundraiser takes place on August 19. An event will be hosted by Darwin Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim in the Smith St Mall from 11am-1pm. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD BINGO ST MARYS FOOTBALL CLUB ABALA RD MARRARA 8927 9900 JACKPOTS POKIES KENO MEALS BAR Only for members and bona-fi de guests in the company of a member 11AM-2.30PM & 8-10PM WED THUR FRI SAT 8PM-10PM 8PM-10.30PM 2PM-5.30PM Want to control what goes into your letterbox? Send us an email with your name and address and well send one of these stickers out to you. Email - mailsun@thesuns.com.au Please stick to the safety zones 250m For information at any time visit www.ichthysproject.com In the top 10 A TOP End national park has been voted in the top 10 per cent of tourist attractions worldwide. Users of online travel site TripAdvisor rated Litchfield National Park as one of the best attractions in the world, with travellers scoring it an impressive average of four out of five stars last year. The positive feedback prompted TripAdvisor to award the park a certificate of excellence. Shedding health problems By COURTNEY TODD THE Palmerston Mens Shed will be able to stock up on supplies and tools thanks to a donation from Charles Darwin University. Last week CDU presented Palmerston Mens Shed with a cheque for $10,085 raised through two degustation dinners held at Karawa, CDUs training restaurant. Keith Hicks from Palmerston Mens Shed said the money will go towards a bigger First Aid kit, new machinery and fitting out a new, bigger shed. The new premises will be a lot larger, which means we can have a full-size circular saw, band saws and a pit so we can put cars over and do servicing and repairs, he said. We have earmarked half of the money to go towards the things we will buy when we have room to house them. Mr Hicks said the Mens Shed helps maintain the mental health of elderly blokes. Coming from 40 or 50 years in the workforce to not having a purpose and not earning quite as much money is a fairly big change, he said. The Mens Shed is about camaraderie, keeping busy by making things and keeping an eye on people who have health problems. Mr Hicks said he was pleasantly surprised by the amount of money raised. CDU Vet lecturer Lance Poulton said certificate II, III and IV hospitality students organised the six-course dinners with fundraising raffles and auctions. Prizes were donated by local business and included a private dinner and a master class donated by two of the CDU chefs. Students donated to the Palmerston Mens Shed as they wanted to help local people. They run fundraising dinners every six months. Visit www. cdu.edu.au/cdu-vet/karawa? and www.mensheds.org.au

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