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The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Dec 2012

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NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-12-22

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Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243784

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/600836

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8 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 : 8 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 Up the creek as road cut Residents miss out on their mail, flights By ALISON BEVEGE OUTRAGED Tennant Creek residents cut off from flights and Christmas mail have asked why Stuart Highway roadworks could not have been finished before the wet season rains. The highway was cut 70km south of the town at Gilbert Swamp after heavy rains. The Infrastructure Department had been raising the stretch of road from the low lying swamp to fix the longrunning problem and had set up a sealed detour road. But the rains came early and damaged the detour before the section was finished. The highway was impassable from 9am Wednesday to 9.30am Thursday but has since been open to vehicles of less than eight tonnes. The department said repairs were expected to be finished on Monday. Pam Lum, 56, who missed her flight to Melbourne, disrupting her Christmas holiday, said: We all knew the rains were coming. I got there at 6.30am, and they said the road had collapsed. Its frustrating. The sealed detour was washed out in two sections and workers are now repairing the surface. Tennant Creek resident Monica Staunton said it was a disgrace. It has gone on for too bloody long, she said. The 20-tonne Australia Post bus has not been able to take Christmas mail from Alice Springs to Tennant Creek for two days. We are getting mail from the north and from the east, but nothing from the south, said one employee. The post office will work over the weekend to sort the Christmas mail. We are also open Mon day, the employee said. Well work for as long as it takes. Department of Infrastructure regional director Don Dowling said flooding was a reality in the monsoon season. Workers have had to wait for the water to subside so they could begin repairs, he said. ForNT road condition updates, visitwww.road report.nt.gov.au ormake a call to 1800 246 199. Mike Nash, a sparky from Tennant Creek, has erected a blockade outside the Bureau of Meteorologys radar. Residents say the radar is vital for them to get real-time information during wild weather months Picture: TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES Last-ditch bid to keep radar operating By NIGEL ADLAM BUSINESS people have made a desperate final bid to save the Tennant Creek weather radar from closing they offered to buy it. The radar has been switched off by the Bureau of Meteorology to save money. NT Cattlemens Associ ation president David Warriner said a 250,000sq km region of Australia had been plunged into darkness. Removing this one radar in an Outback network has created a black hole and threat to the wellbeing and lives of honest, genuine people and many tourists, and retired Australians who travel through the region every year, he said. He said Met Bureau director Rob Vertessy thought the radar offered no value to weather forecasting. But Mr Warriner said this was despite references in their own strategic plan supporting weather radars as a public service. He said a weather radar would never be closed in a capital city. It is truly outrageous and hard to comprehend, especially when the critical value to human life and safety is weighed up against the negligible cost of running it, Mr Warriner said. The facility requires no personnel and an occasional visit for maintenance, so it effectively runs itself. It has been turned off at the start of the northern storm and wet season the worst possible time, demonstrated by the storms we have had just this week, which have cut the main Stuart Highway. Boxing, the fitness knockout BOXING, kayaking and running have punched, paddled and sprinted their way to become Australias fastestgrowing sports but gymnastics appears to be losing its bounce. New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on participation in sport and recreation shows participation in boxing has increased by 131 per cent since 2005. Canoeing and kayaking followed with growth of 113 per cent and running or jogging increased 100 per cent. Ted Tanner, chairperson for Boxing Australia, said more people were taking part in tournaments or just getting involved in boxing training regimes for fitness. Power outage gives kites gourmet treat IT WILL be a merry Christmas for the hundreds of kites that scavenge at the Jabiru tip with thousands of dollars of smoked salmon and dairy products dumped after power outages. Jabiru Foodland acting manager David Norton said the dairy cabinet had not been able to cope with the lengthy blackout. There will be no salmon or small goods for Christmas, Mr Norton said. Its all gone to the dump. Hot and cranky residents of the mining town, 220km east of Darwin, have complained after being hit by seven power outages in the last month. One man said he had lost a freezer full of food. Lots of people have lost the stuff in their fridges, said the man, who did not want to be named. Uranium producer Energy Resources of Australia powers the town and had to cut the electricity supply on seven occasions. The first round of cuts were to move three 120tonne parts of the new $220 million brine concentrator safely under power lines to the mine. The second was to upgrade the lines. ERA spokeswoman Janet Hamilton said no more power cuts were planned. Drinkers register worked By NICOLE MILLS A LONG-time Katherine resident said the banned drinkers register had worked in the troubled town. June Tapp, 77, who has lived in Katherine since 1984, and lived on properties in the region since 1944, said she had noticed a drop in anti-social behaviour after the register was introduced. The mother of 10 said she knew some statistics showed there was no drop in alcohol-related assaults but she believed there were fewer drunks causing trouble on the streets. It all petered out, she said. I dont know why but it did. She said politicians needed to realise that the register had a more significant impact in the smaller towns, including Katherine. But the main problem is always that main street where theres four takeaway liquor outlets, she said. Former CLP supporter Bill Daw, who was in the running to become the partys Katherine candidate in 2005, also spoke out in favour of the BDR this month. Mr Daw said there was more humbugging in the main street since the register was scrapped. Attorney-General John Elferink disbanded the BDR when the CLP won the election on August 25. He said the policy was nonsense and failed to stop problem drinkers getting access to alcohol. But Labor leader Delia Lawrie said scrapping the register had put 2500 drunks back on the street and had not been replaced by another policy.


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