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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

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4 NT NEWS. Friday, December 14, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Executive Officer of the Trust Phone: 1800 733 810 Email: executiveofficer@connellanairwaystrust.org.au Address: PO Box 749 Williamstown SA 5351 www.connellanairwaystrust.org.au THE E J CONNELLAN AWARDS These annual awards honour the famous Territorian pioneer, pastoralist & aviator. They are funded by the Connellan Airways Trust to assist people living in all the remote areas of Australia The aim of the awards (worth up to $20,000) is to provide assistance for education, training, transport, communications & health services to those who reside in Outback Australia. APPLICATIONS CLOSE JANUARY 31, 2013 If you have any queries please contact: CONNELLAN AIRWAYS TRUST 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 One of Darwins last remaining avenues, Alec Fong Lim Drive, faces a pruning Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Trees face cutback to make way for double decker By CONOR BYRNE ONE of the few remaining fully tree-arched avenues in Darwin will be pruned to make room for a doubledecker tourist bus. Darwin council voted 11 to three at its final 2012 meeting to prune up to 5m high the trees along Alec Fong Lim Drive in East Point Reserve, which includes the Darwin military museum. The council-standard treepruning height is a 4.5m-high rectangle from the kerbs edge. But the opendeck bus is 4.3m high and requires a 5m clearance. Alderman Helen Galton said the decision was urgent because Darwin Double Decker Tours operator Matt OReilly needed to make an application to the NT Government to change his route before the dry season. He will pay for the pruning. Tourism is going through tough times and here we have an operator keen to invest and expand his business, Ald Galton told the council. Alderman Simon Niblock said the vote should be deferred until a study about what would be removed was completed. Theres a magic area in Darwin there, he said. Theres nowhere like it. Its ironic that we have to re move part of what attracts us out there. The council agenda said the treed arch provided great ambience and amenity. It takes many decades of growth and pruning to achieve the tunnel effect, it says. There are limited opportunities in Darwin municipality for this to occur. Lambley to lose education By NIGEL ADLAM Cabinet switch tipped on eve of Asia tripROBYN Lambley is expected lose her education portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle today. Business Minister Pete Chandler, who has been unwell, is also expected to drop a couple of his jobs. The Government said last week that the reshuffle would not be major. But education is one of the most important portfolios in the Cabinet. Ms Lambley will remain as Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer. But she may also shed one of her minor portfolios. She is also Minister for Children and Families; Corporate and Information Services; Central Australia; and Womens Policy. Chief Minister Terry Mills is expected to announce the Cabinet reshuffle before going to Asia. He is tipped to fly to Indonesia this weekend on his first official overseas trip since winning power in August. Mr Mills has failed to arrange a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. But he will meet Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. They will discuss the Territorys live cattle export trade with Indonesia. Jakarta has again slashed the import quota and wants to end the shipments by 2014. Industry observers doubt that Indonesia which has a strong economy and growing middle class will reach the target. Terminal eateries HUNGRY Jacks is in and Red Rooster is out in the new Darwin International Airport revamp. Hungry travellers will be spoilt for choice next year with nine eateries on the menu. International hospitality giant Delaware North has won an eight-year contract to operate the restaurants including Fraiche, Hungry Jacks and cafes Dome and Giancarlo. Delaware North travel and hospitality services executive director Kieran Fitzpatrick said the other four outlets would include three cafes and a bar but he could not name them as the contracts had not yet been finalised. Mr Fitzpatrick said Delaware North would spend about $100 million over eight years on the new outlets in Darwin, plus the refurbishment and upgrade of the Cafe Terra Rosa bar in Alice Springs airport. The new venues will be part of Darwin International Airports $50 million expansion and are expected to be up and running in the next 12 to 18 months. Construction giant Watpac Australia won the $40 million tender to expand the airports terminal building, which will include a retail shopping area and a bigger check-in area. The firm will begin work on designing and constructing the terminal expansion in April Port advisory board trimmed to three DARWIN Ports advisory board chairman, Chris Bigg, has been sacked. Board members businessman Bruce Fadelli and accountant Karen Green have also been dumped, while Rod Applegate will head the Lands and Re source Management Department. This reduces the board to three members, saving the Government $135,000 a year. Chief executive Terry OConnor, John Watkinson and Alan Grummitt will remain on the board. Broken jaw after attack A MAN suffered a broken jaw when he and a mate were attacked by a gang outside an Alice Springs party spot. The men aged 25 and 40 had their wallets and phones stolen when they were set upon by about five men at Club Eastside. The culprits remain at large and police have asked witnesses to the November 24 assault to come forward. 8981 6365 , ! . 1 0 2 7 8 4 5