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The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012

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The Centralian advocate Tue 18 Dec 2012

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Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT

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2012-12-18

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00211

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/243406

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/603302

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6 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K OPINIONOPINION ALICE BY NUMBERS OPINION Positive mantra has been eroded away Letters to the Editor PO BOX 2254, 2 GAP ROAD, ALICE SPRINGS FAX: 8950 9740 ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au Being a very interested party, Ive been keenly observing the performance of the newly-elected NT Government . . . since August 25. Ive concluded that all that was promised by way of positive mantra has been very quickly eroded into oblivion: punishment models rather than rehabilitation; recompense or reward models appear to have become the core agenda of this 12th government since 1978. After 11 years in the political wilderness, one would have thought theyd have learned better. In a few short months, weve had unprecedented rises in utility fees from January next year, rises in government fees and charges that punish people who do not renew some licences on-line (instead of rewarding those who do), defunding of strategic youth support services (eg CAAC programs for refuge), job losses and departmental restructuring, jobs for the boys (not too many girls), establishing various commissions which are appointed rather than elected, decommissioning the BDR without replac ing it, giving rise to a huge spike across the NT of unregulated binge consumption behaviour, blatant disregard and verbal abuse in the Chamber towards Opposition and Independent members which is politically motivated rather than constructive . . . and the list goes on. Crude, nasty comments to other members across the Assembly (see Hansard) by seasoned as well as newer members have contributed to portraying this government in a light that is bullyish, arrogant, self-serving, devious, controll ing and devoid of connection with the people in constituencies across the juris diction. I guess that is all a part of the party machine at work. Some government ministers are so overloaded with portfolio responsibilities they find it difficult to function adequately. Some naive new members who operate by threats and unsubstantiated innuendo add nothing to the mix that was promised to be so positive. And this: just four months into a fouryear term. The incumbents will have much to answer for over the years to come. There will be portfolio reshuffles and perhaps a spill for the leadership. I urge people to think about that. Que sera, sera!!! Like many other Territorians, Ill continue to observe and vote accordingly next time around. Phil Walcott Alice Springs OPINION Thankyou toahero I would like to thank the man who put his own life at risk and saved my brother who had been bashed and left on the railway line to die. He dragged him off just in time as the train was coming. The man was wearing a hospital badge and had a red coloured shirt. His name was Jack and he said something about working in mental health. Thank you. Mrs C Larkin Alice Springs Head in the trees Power&Water has good intentions in getting their message across to us about trees growing under and near power lines. What confuses me is, who picks out the types of trees for footpaths? Theres no point growing trees that will reach the height of power lines and bushy ones block line of sight, especially on curving streets. As I have driven trucks and buses around town over the years I have seen a lot of trees that are grown so they lean towards the centre of the road. This means that in places, a large vehicle has to go out into the oncoming lane to prevent hitting a branch. If a truck is found to be over width theres a penalty, but trees sticking out from the kerb are OK. Also, from memory, didnt the council attack any suspect trees they thought might cause damage that could have cost them financially? Dont get me wrong, trees are great, but they need to be managed. Peter Kotz Alice Springs Sincerely grateful Eight very grateful Senior Citizens would like to sincerely thank Chifleys Restaurant for the wonderful dinner we had there on 11/12/12 and also the staff of the bus from Old Timers. P Williams Alice Springs Airline talks optimistic Last Friday I wrapped up a series of meetings in Sydney with Aviation operators including Jet Star CEO David Hall and Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti. Both recognise the importance of Alice as not only a destination in itself but also as part of their broader network of routes across Australia. Both inbound and outbound services to the Centre have the potential to expand and provide great choice and competition to locals and tourists I was particularly encouraged by the hopeful partial acquisition of Tiger Airways and the full acquisition of Skywest by Virgin Australia. This could essentially be the start of two airlines operating once again in Australian Skies and bring a whole new level of service and competition back to the traveling public. I was also pleased that during my meeting with Virgin Australia, Mr Borghetti expressed a clear desire to service remote and regional Australia. This will, however, be subject to additional aircraft arriving from the manufacturer and the share acquisitions approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Once these boxes are ticked well be a lot closer than we have for a long time in having some real, sustainable airline competition in Alice Springs. Hon. Matt Conlan MLA. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, NT Government 7623 The number of visitors at Alice Springs Library in November 385 The number of children who stayed at Alice Springs Womens Shelter during 2011. The majority were younger than seven years old 5 The amount in millions of dollars likely to be spent by the RFDS on redevelopment of their staff accommodation WE welcome your letters to the Centralian Advocate. Letters To The Editor should be 200 words or less and sent to PO Box 2254, 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs 0871, or emailed to ceneditorial@news.com.au. Please include your name and home address. Editorial Funds needed to boost solar power ... and another thing THE switching on of the solar power system at the Araluen Arts Centre last Wednesday marked the final stage of the Alice Springs Solar City program. Each year the system will provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 35 houses and save more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released. The black panels that cover more than 95 per cent of the Arts Centre roof were specifically chosen to complement the white paintwork and maintain the architectural integrity of the building. It is proof that just because a system is functional, it doesnt have to be visually intrusive or ugly. Alice Springs has always been one of Australias leading supporters of solar power, perhaps understandably, bearing in mind the climate in Central Australia. And there is a clear imperative to expand the program following the 30 per cent tariff increase businesses and the public face from January 1, 2013. For Alice Springs Town Council, the increase means having to find about $750,000 extra each year for supply alone. One of the biggest impediments to the expansion of solar power is the capital cost. Although the unit prices have decreased over the years, a system still requires a substantial outlay and the return on investment is spread out over many years. The Federal Government provided the funding for the successful Alice Springs Solar City program. Perhaps it should now consider extending that commitment by funding Alice Springs Solar City Part 2. It makes economic and environmental sense. It was a historic day for Australia when National Indigenous Television began broad casting on a free-to-air channel last week, making its programs available to all Austral ians. Widely-circulating coverage of indigen ous issues is essential if television is to accu rately reflect Australias diversity. Indigenous culture makes all our lives richer. PoetsCorner Do you have a short poem you wish to submit? Send it to: ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au Jessica By Geoff Aitken You are the breathtaking beauty Of our dreaming Our tomorrow The sunset and sunrise The aching thunder in our hearts The bliss and the wisdom of Each second in thought are the photograph Not yet developed You are the waiting and The anxious arrival The dismissed and the dismissive The always and the never You are our forever blessing Each scene the first Every breath a memory Stay sweet moment That we may savour the love! OPINIONOPINION ALICE BY NUMBERS OPINION Positive mantra has been eroded away Letters to the Editor PO BOX 2254, 2 GAP ROAD, ALICE SPRINGS FAX: 8950 9740 ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au Being a very interested party, Ive been keenly observing the performance of the newly-elected NT Government . . . since August 25. Ive concluded that all that was promised by way of positive mantra has been very quickly eroded into oblivion: punishment models rather than rehabilitation; recompense or reward models appear to have become the core agenda of this 12th government since 1978. After 11 years in the political wilderness, one would have thought theyd have learned better. In a few short months, weve had unprecedented rises in utility fees from January next year, rises in government fees and charges that punish people who do not renew some licences on-line (instead of rewarding those who do), defunding of strategic youth support services (eg CAAC programs for refuge), job losses and departmental restructuring, jobs for the boys (not too many girls), establishing various commissions which are appointed rather than elected, decommissioning the BDR without replac ing it, giving rise to a huge spike across the NT of unregulated binge consumption behaviour, blatant disregard and verbal abuse in the Chamber towards Opposition and Independent members which is politically motivated rather than constructive . . . and the list goes on. Crude, nasty comments to other members across the Assembly (see Hansard) by seasoned as well as newer members have contributed to portraying this government in a light that is bullyish, arrogant, self-serving, devious, controll ing and devoid of connection with the people in constituencies across the juris diction. I guess that is all a part of the party machine at work. Some government ministers are so overloaded with portfolio responsibilities they find it difficult to function adequately. Some naive new members who operate by threats and unsubstantiated innuendo add nothing to the mix that was promised to be so positive. And this: just four months into a fouryear term. The incumbents will have much to answer for over the years to come. There will be portfolio reshuffles and perhaps a spill for the leadership. I urge people to think about that. Que sera, sera!!! Like many other Territorians, Ill continue to observe and vote accordingly next time around. Phil Walcott Alice Springs OPINION Thankyou toahero I would like to thank the man who put his own life at risk and saved my brother who had been bashed and left on the railway line to die. He dragged him off just in time as the train was coming. The man was wearing a hospital badge and had a red coloured shirt. His name was Jack and he said something about working in mental health. Thank you. Mrs C Larkin Alice Springs Head in the trees Power&Water has good intentions in getting their message across to us about trees growing under and near power lines. What confuses me is, who picks out the types of trees for footpaths? Theres no point growing trees that will reach the height of power lines and bushy ones block line of sight, especially on curving streets. As I have driven trucks and buses around town over the years I have seen a lot of trees that are grown so they lean towards the centre of the road. This means that in places, a large vehicle has to go out into the oncoming lane to prevent hitting a branch. If a truck is found to be over width theres a penalty, but trees sticking out from the kerb are OK. Also, from memory, didnt the council attack any suspect trees they thought might cause damage that could have cost them financially? Dont get me wrong, trees are great, but they need to be managed. Peter Kotz Alice Springs Sincerely grateful Eight very grateful Senior Citizens would like to sincerely thank Chifleys Restaurant for the wonderful dinner we had there on 11/12/12 and also the staff of the bus from Old Timers. P Williams Alice Springs Airline talks optimistic Last Friday I wrapped up a series of meetings in Sydney with Aviation operators including Jet Star CEO David Hall and Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti. Both recognise the importance of Alice as not only a destination in itself but also as part of their broader network of routes across Australia. Both inbound and outbound services to the Centre have the potential to expand and provide great choice and competition to locals and tourists I was particularly encouraged by the hopeful partial acquisition of Tiger Airways and the full acquisition of Skywest by Virgin Australia. This could essentially be the start of two airlines operating once again in Australian Skies and bring a whole new level of service and competition back to the traveling public. I was also pleased that during my meeting with Virgin Australia, Mr Borghetti expressed a clear desire to service remote and regional Australia. This will, however, be subject to additional aircraft arriving from the manufacturer and the share acquisitions approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Once these boxes are ticked well be a lot closer than we have for a long time in having some real, sustainable airline competition in Alice Springs. Hon. Matt Conlan MLA. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, NT Government 7623 The number of visitors at Alice Springs Library in November. 385 The number of children who stayed at Alice Springs Womens Shelter during 2011. The majority were younger than seven years old. 5 The amount in millions of dollars likely to be spent by the RFDS on redevelopment of their staff accommodation WE welcome your letters to the Centralian Advocate. Letters To The Editor should be 200 words or less and sent to PO Box 2254, 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs 0871, or emailed to ceneditorial@news.com.au. Please include your name and home address. Editorial Funds needed to boost solar power ... and another thing THE switching on of the solar power system at the Araluen Arts Centre last Wednesday marked the final stage of the Alice Springs Solar City program. Each year the system will provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 35 houses and save more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released. The black panels that cover more than 95 per cent of the Arts Centre roof were specifically chosen to complement the white paintwork and maintain the architectural integrity of the building. It is proof that just because a system is functional, it doesnt have to be visually intrusive or ugly. Alice Springs has always been one of Australias leading supporters of solar power, perhaps understandably, bearing in mind the climate in Central Australia. And there is a clear imperative to expand the program following the 30 per cent tariff increase businesses and the public face from January 1, 2013. For Alice Springs Town Council, the increase means having to find about $750,000 extra each year for supply alone. One of the biggest impediments to the expansion of solar power is the capital cost. Although the unit prices have decreased over the years, a system still requires a substantial outlay and the return on investment is spread out over many years. The Federal Government provided the funding for the successful Alice Springs Solar City program. Perhaps it should now consider extending that commitment by funding Alice Springs Solar City Part 2. It makes economic and environmental sense. It was a historic day for Australia when National Indigenous Television began broad casting on a free-to-air channel last week, making its programs available to all Austral ians. Widely-circulating coverage of indigen ous issues is essential if television is to accu rately reflect Australias diversity. Indigenous culture makes all our lives richer. PoetsCorner Do you have a short poem you wish to submit? Send it to: ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au Jessica By Geoff Aitken YOU are the breathtaking beauty Of our dreaming Our tomorrow The sunset and sunrise The aching thunder in our hearts The bliss and the wisdom of Each second in thought are the photograph Not yet developed You are the waiting and The anxious arrival The dismissed and the dismissive The always and the never You are our forever blessing Each scene the first Every breath a memory Stay sweet moment That we may savour the love!


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