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The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

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

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6 NT NEWS. Tuesday, August 21, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 6 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 Words taken on the chin By CONOR BYRNE A RATEPAYER posted a criticism of the councils rate notices system on his own Facebook page and it was brought up at a council meeting. International Business Council NT chairman Sean Mahony posted a dialogue of a conversation he had with a council staffer on Friday, which was liked by 13 people, followed by supportive comments, and seen by aldermen. Waters ward Alderman Allan Mitchell asked the council how it should respond to such criticisms. Do we take these things on the chin? he asked. God knows how many friends this person has that will see it down the line. Council executive manager Mark Blackburn said: We elected not to respond (on Facebook) because it requires quite a comprehensive response. Its too much information for Facebook. If we put it up there it looks like bureaucrat bumble. Mr Blackburn said a full response would be given in an NT News advertisement. Council acting corporate services general manager Kelly Stidworthy said the issue had been researched. We found that most councils had a low take-up rate, she told council. She said that inbox sizes for email attachments and internet security were also problems. If there was a desire of council we could go back and research that, she said. Mr Blackburn said the council was prepared for questions on its City of Darwin Facebook page, which has close to 100 members and is monitored regularly and daily. We could refer people to such-and-such a report where they could get information, he said. We could say please contact us for further information. The page has strict guidelines that allow moderators to delete defamatory, obscene, misleading, harassing or threatening material, or information that violates privacy. Frontline police hit by slump in morale COP STATS THE Territory had 1409NT cops at the end of July, comparedwith 984 in 2001 POLICE pay has increased 4 per cent a year on average HOUSING entitlements have been hailed the anchor of Commissioner John McRobertss plan to retain quality police POLICEAssociations Vince Kelly said political parties must promise tomaintain the housing status quo separately fromwage negotiations By ELLIE TURNER FRONTLINE Territory cops who pick up drunks day after day feel overworked and cheated out of resources that are being sucked up by new boutique units. Rushed general duties police who just want to lock up the bad guys fear they let the victims down. Bureaucracy, no government cash and too much paperwork were major concerns revealed at the NT Police Association annual conference yesterday. President Vince Kelly said an internal review had shown a drop in morale. Officers agree with the need to improve policing (out bush) but struggle to fill positions at new stations, Mr Kelly said. Some feel theres too much political and media football with a focus on things that can be counted rather than quality police work, he said. Those on the frontline want to know if resources are being sucked up by more boutique units, supervisors and investigating complaints against police. Mr Kelly said that some comments reflected misinformation or misunderstanding but would be dangerous to dismiss. Resources were still members biggest worry with no new nuggets for cops in the 2012-13 NT Budget. It was this concern which drove us to forcefully pursue a further review of the police force, he said. We dont have enough staff to do all the things demanded of us especially . . . to fill remote positions. Former Queensland commissioner Jim OSullivan will lead the review, which was announced last month. Custody to kick around CUSTODY risks and alcohol policy will set the agenda as an annual police forum hits the gas today. More than 40 officers from across the Territory and interstate have settled in to Darwin for the NT Police Association conference. Boss Vince Kelly yesterday used the high-profile death in custody of Alice Springs man Terrence Briscoe as an example of a major legal, health and social challenge that confronts our members every day. He said alcohol abuse and taking people into protective custody was a massive cost that drained resources. Quoting his submissions from the coronial inquest into Mr Briscoes death, Mr Kelly said: The community demands someone does this work. That it is necessary is (due to) alcohol, violence, poverty and generational disadvantage. It is seen at every level of the community and . . . government as a problem incapable of solution. Delegates at the conference would be discussing the risks of custodymanagement. Groovy Gran Dottie Daby has turned an interest in dancing into a growing community group Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Dotties dancing her way into our hearts DOTTIE Daby surely is a Groovy Gran in every sense of the word. After retiring in 2004, Ms Daby, 72, founded the Groovy Grans dancing group. The troupe now has 25 members aged from 65 to 80, and performs fortnightly. Ms Daby a mother of four boys and grandmother of 12 took up line dancing in the mid 1990s as a way to keep active and fit. A Territorian all her life, she has taken the dancing through schools with much success. Ms Daby also played hockey and successfully managed her team the Brown Eyed Girls to two successive victories in the Alice Springs Masters Games in 2002 and 2004. She is also a passionate advocate for regular mamograms for women. Sewer builder claims award A SEWER has turned waste into gold for Power and Water corporation, winning an award from Engineers Australia. The tunnelled gravity sewer was built from Mitchell St to Dinah Beach using micro-tunnelling methods. It won the Engineering Excellence Award for project management from Engineers Australia Northern Division.

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