The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, December 22, 2012. NT NEWS. 11 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:11 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K INPEX wishes the Darwin community an enjoyable and safe holiday season. IN P E X 3 2 2 2 5 6 www.inpex.com.au ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Homes lacking to lure top workers KATHERINE did not have enough quality homes to entice professionals from other regions, Mayor Fay Miller said. We cant attract executive people here without those homes, Ms Miller said. If I was living in a comfy, secure suburb somewhere with all the mod cons close and handy, you would at least expect that you would have an equivalent of that or better. She said the Health Department had not been able to attract a psychologist when it first advertised the position in February. It has started advertising again. You cant say well give you a job but I dont know where youre going to live, Ms Miller said. When you come to a regional or remote area in the NT you need to have good facilities provided for you and we havent got them. She said the town would need at least 200 more homes of different qualities to be built over the next two or three years to keep up with growing demand. MTA calls for action on car yard THE Territory Government is missing the message about closing the Coolalinga car yard, the Motor Trades Association said yesterday. MTA head Peter Donovan said it had never called for the legal private sale of cars to be banned. But he said the car yard on the outskirts of Darwin was illegal. Acting Transport Minister Dave Tollner said the Government would not shut Coolalinga. He said buyers could protect themselves from being ripped off by checking a vehicles history on the Personal Property Securities Register website. The MTA found that more than half of the 90 cars on sale at Coolalinga last Saturday were questionable. Mr Donovan said it was odd that a Cabinet Minister would not state that using the roadside yard was breaking the law. He said people who had bought cars there had horror stories about vehicles being repossessed or unsafe. Stay secure, says top cop A Darwin city main street was closed at lunchtime yesterday after a road accident. A Ford Falcon ran into the towbar of a Nissan Navara ute a Darwin council contract car on Bennett St. Inbound traffic was closed between Smith and Herbert streets while police investigated Picture: JUSTIN SANSON By NIGEL ADLAM BLOODDONATION l Police, firies and St John Ambulance officers gave the best Christmas present of all yesterday blood. l They donated half a litre of the red stuff at the Red Cross Blood Service in Casuarina, Darwin. l Acting Superintendent Roger Jeffrey from Darwin Traffic Operations said giving blood was a good Chrissy present. l It takes more than 18 litres of blood to save the life of one serious crash victim. l Supt Jeffrey said he was hoping Christmas would be fatality-free. POLICE have urged Territorians to take precautions over the Christmas holidays. Senior Sergeant Greg Pusterla said people should not walk home alone at night certainly not after a few drinks. He urged them to walk with someone or take a cab or bus. Dont put yourself at risk, he said. Snr Sgt Pusterla said people going away should ensure their homes looked lived in by getting neighbours to collect the mail and newspapers, and mow the lawn. The serial numbers of valuable property should be recorded. That can help with recovery if its stolen, he said. Police will be out in force over Christmas as part of Operation Crossroads. Snr Sgt Pusterla said Territor ians shouldnt risk drink-driving. Drinkers should take a bus or taxi or get a Sober Bob mate to drive them home. Well be out and about, he said. Theres no break for the police. Police said they would take a zero tolerance approach to dangerous driving. Acting Superintendent Roger Jeffrey said many road crashes were avoidable. They have the potential to leave people seriously injured and hospitalised, creating trauma for their families over the holiday season, he said. Supt Jeffrey said road deaths could be caused by drink-driving, speed, failure to wear a seatbelt, fatigue, inattention and antisocial driving. Fatigue is more likely to be a contributing factor in road accidents and police urge drivers to plan rest stops and drive to conditions, he said. Operation Crossroads starts tomorrow and continues until January 3. The Territory road toll stands at 45 compared with 39 for the same time last year.