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Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013



Sun newspapers Wed 7 Aug 2013


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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4 Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY, August 7, 2013. Action Sheetmetal Pty Ltd 19 23 Berrimah Road Berrimah NT 0828 PO Box 38995 Winnellie NT 0821 Telephone: +61 8 8984 3770 Facsimile: +61 8 8947 0037 Email: sales@actionsheetmetal.com.au Web: www.actionsheetmetal.com.au See our website for our product information No job too small, No job too big &RORXUERQGDVKLQJV Deci-Tex Insulation: R1.2, R2, R3 our Green Product for Air Conditioning Ducting Spiral Ducting Concrete Columns Ventilation Louvres Deemed to Comply See our website and take a Tour The Department of Health is implementing alcohol mandatory treatment for people with chronic drinking problems. Under new law, if Police take you into protective custody three times in two months for being drunk in public, they will refer you for assessment and treatment. Treatment orders can be up to three months. www.nt.gov.au/health D E PA RT M E N T O F H E A LT H 1 3 2 3x in 2 months = Treatment 1..2..Treatment If you are worried about your alcohol use and want advice or treatment, there are services that can help. Call 1800 131 350 for support 24 hours a day. OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK Mon Fri 8am6pm > Sat 8am-3pm P. 8985 3400 309 Bagot Rd COCONUT GROVE Locally owned and operated Come in and see our daily & weekly specials! General News << SUNNewspapers Hardy Schimmel is unhappy with his councils rates plan. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Special price for rates hikes By COURTNEY TODD A LITCHFIELD Shire business owner is protesting a change to the council rate system by no longer offering Litchfield Council wholesale prices on purchases. Ironstone Lagoon Nursery owner and manager Hardy Schimmel said if businesses have to pay more in rates it is only fair those business should charge council a special rate. He is calling on other businesses in the shire to follow his lead. The Litchfield Council used to have a flat rate system so every property paid exactly the same amount, Mr Schimmel said. Im a big fan of the flat rate system the significant thing about it is that it gives residents the power to scrutinise council. That always struck me as the fairest way, but theyve deviated from that and are heading towards UCV (unimproved capital value), which ultimately is a rate increase. Mr Schimmel said UCV will mean commercial landowners will now pay rates based on their land value. Land value always tends to go up itself so council can wash its hands of any rates increase, he said. They can just say, Oh, the UCV went up. Mr Schimmel said as he is zoned rural he is only indirectly affected at this time, but the rate increase is born by all residents. When someone buys from the local baker or a mechanic they are now paying a special little tax to council, he said. Litchfield Mayor Allan McKay said residents on Rural Residential Land are still on a flat rate. Only commercial and industrial landowners are being charged rates based on Unimproved Capital Value. Mr Schimmels business is being rated $636, the same as every other resident within the Municipality, he said.

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