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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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2 NT NEWS. Saturday, December 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Classified Index Buy and Sell Computers 49 For Sale 49 Furniture & Furnishings 49 Gardening 49 Lawn Sales 49 Pets & Livestock 49 Whitegoods 49 Personals Bereavement Services 39 Birthdays 39 Births 39 Congratulations 39 Deaths 39 Funerals 39 InMemoriam 39 Career One Casual & Part Time 47,48 Health Care Appointments 42,43 Hospitality 42 Positions Vacant 43-47 100 Tuition & Courses 48 University,Teaching Appointments 42 Work Wanted 48 Real Estate Accommodation Wanted 49 Agents Rentals 49 Commercial Industrial 48 Flats Units Townhouses to Let 48 Flats Units Townhouses for Sale 48 For Lease 48 Houses To Let 48 Houses For Sale 48 Land For sale 48 Miscellaneous Accommodation Available 48 Real Estate 48 Rural Properties 48 Shared Accomodation 49 CARSguide Auto upto $999 8 Auto $1000-$1999 8 Auto $2000$2999 8 Auto $3000$4999 8 Auto $5000$9999 8,9 Auto $10000$14999 9 Auto $15000$19999 9 Auto $20000 PLUS 9,10 Caravans & Campers 12 Four Wheel Drives 10,11 Motor Cycles 11,12 Trailers 12 Trucks Vans & Utes 11 Marine 14 Machinery 12 General Adult Entertainment 50 Adult Phone Services 50 Business Opportunity 48 Finance 41 Legal Notices 41,42 Lost & Found 49 Personals 41 Public Notices 39-41 50 100 Removalists 41 Tenders 49,50 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 In si d e GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntn.newsltd.com.au NATIONAL: 12 A MAN working as a store Father Christmas has been charged with indecently assaulting a child WORLD: 17 AN Olympian middle distance runner has admitted she spent the past year living a double life ENTERTAINMENT: 35 A MICHAEL Buble album is on track to be Australias No. 1 for Christmas BUSINESS: 36 THE Australian share market closed lower yesterday as investors sold off stocks Wicking ..........................32 Your say .........................32 National ......................... 12 World .............................. 17 Entertainment .............34 Movies ............................35 Business ........................36 Comics ............................ 31 Television ...................... 31 Puzzles ...........................37 Classifieds .....................39 Weather .........................55 Saturday Extra ............. 21 Racing liftout inside No cheer for Ron as trees trimmed Ron Harbeck is annoyed about the annual tree lopping done by contractors on behalf of Power and Water which saw an old palm on his verge given a haircut Picture: JUSTIN SANSON By ALYSSA BETTS RON Harbeck wishes he had been home when the treetrimming crew gave his short, old palm on the verge a haircut. The garden hose would have been kept on them the whole time, the 72-year-old retiree said. Mr Harbeck and his wife Kay treat the palm tree outside their home in the Darwin suburb of Alawa as their Christmas tree. They decorate it every year, and every year it cops a cutting. The fronds were only touching the Austar/phone line that sits lower they werent touching the power lines, he said. The contractors also cut off a thick branch from a star apple tree, which sits in his property, at a point more than a metre inside the fence. His main complaint is that the trimming is haphazard. He pointed to a melaleuca tree down the street, which had branches hanging over the lines, and another patch of trees nearby leaning against the same phone line his palm was touching. But they havent touched them, he said. Power and Waters Lorraine Hook said tree trimming was about maintaining power supplies, safely and securely. A significant number of power outages are attributed to trees and palm fronds blown on to power lines, she said. To combat this, Power and Water has a regular treetrimming program, which helps reduce the chances of a tree or palm causing outages. Ms Hook said trained contractors were used to clear around power lines. Our contractors . . . use specialised arboriculture techniques and follow the work practices of Australian Standard pruning of amenity trees, she said. She said removal sometimes included trees from a private property that intruded into the safe clearing distance of the power line on the road reserve. Ms Hook warned Territorians not to trim fallen trees near power lines. She said people should call Power and Water on 1800 245 092. Nurses to vote on pay dispute NURSES and aged care workers yesterday won the right to hold a ballot on whether to stage industrial action over a pay dispute. The Australian Nursing Federation said Frontier Service, which operates aged care services in the Territory, had failed to move forward on talks for better wages and conditions. Workers have been offered a 2 per cent in crease. The union has asked for a 4 per cent wage increase. Federation branch secretary Yvonne Falckh said decisions by the Mills Government would see huge price hikes in the Northern Territory. Couple that with the poor wage increase offered by Frontier Services, she said. As a result many people might leave the aged care workforce. Bombs away for cash-for-cans showdown A DATE has been set for the cash-for-cans showdown with giant drinks companies. Its February 19 Bombing of Darwin Day. The legal challenges by Coca Cola, Schweppes and Lion will be held in the Federal Court in Sydney. Chief Minister Terry Mills yesterday seemed to accept that the Territory Government may lose and the deposit scheme scrapped. He said the Australian Food and Grocery Council had said cost reductions would be passed on to customers if the scheme was thrown out. The Government supports deposits on containers, but will of course abide by any decision of the courts regarding this legislation, he said. If it is found to be invalid, then I welcome todays assurance by manufacturers they will pass on price reductions. Mr Mills gave only lukewarm support for cash-for-cans when it was introduced by the Labor Party. Political observers believe a court defeat could be blamed on the previous administration and get rid of a scheme the CLP doesnt particularly like.