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The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012

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

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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, August 6, 2012. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-AGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 1 and 31 August 2012. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended drive away selling price, which includes 12 months registration, CTP insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. $195 capped price service for each 12 month or 15,000km interval standard scheduled service (whichever comes first) up to and including the 48 month/60,000km service (whichever comes first). LMVD34. TDM1587/NT/6x7 Visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11.300 13 12 11 MODEL RUNOUT LIMITED STOCKLIMITED PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. MANUAL. INCLUDES PREMIUM PAINT. LANCER ACTiV PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY MANUAL INCLUDES PREMIUM PAINTP $21,888 DRIVEAWAY1 5 star ANCAP safety rating 7 airbags 16 alloy wheels Voice activated Bluetooth 2.0 Rear spoiler $195 Capped Price Servicing Darwin Mitsubishi 8946 4460 All backed by Australias Best New Car Warranty and Capped Price Servicing. www.greeningnt.nt.gov.au Due to the City of Darwins Cavenagh Street upgrade works, between Daly and Searcy Streets, the services outside Woolworths and the Mediterranean Hotel will be relocated to Smith Street. These changes will take effect on Tuesday 7 August 2012. For more information visit www.nt.gov.au/publictransport or phone 8924 7666. Temporary Changes to Darwin CBD Bus and Taxi Services on Cavenagh Street from 7 August 2012 ADVERTISEMENT Authorised by David Ritchie on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, Department of Lands and Planning, Cavenagh Street, Darwin ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 Sam Capewell and mates Allan Russell, Stew Collis, Billy Martyn and Wally Fullerton at The Vic Picture: ELISE DERWIN A sneak peek at The Vic By DAMIEN McCARTNEY A POPULAR Darwin pub reopened its doors yesterday after it was successfully sold to new owners. Dozens of punters gathered at the Victoria Hotel in Smith Street Mall to enjoy the first cold beers since the pub shut in May last year. Co-owner and licensee Andrew Chigwidden said it was great to have the iconic pub open again. Its got a great feel about it and its own distinct energy, he said. Mr Chigwidden and business partners Dave Cannon and Andrew Hay are expected to take little steps in returning the pub to its former glory. Long-time Vic patron Bill Johnson said its great to be back, adding that it was a little more upmarket. But I can still get in with my footy shorts and double pluggers, he said. Thats whats great about the place. Yesterdays opening was a one off due to licensing restrictions. The owners hope the heritagelisted venue, built in 1890, will open permanently from early September. The Vic was put on the market in May 2011 after going into receivership because of financial difficulties. Previous owner Mark Gray said at the time a record wet season, a severe downturn in tourist numbers and unfavourable changes to the smoking laws had crippled the financial viability of the venue. Bottlers grab recycle dollars By SIMON BENSON THE countrys largest beer and soft drink makers have been accused of profiteering from the Territorys recycling scheme by pocketing millions of dollars a year in unclaimed refunds. The findings, contained in a report sent to the ACCC late last week, accuse Coca Cola Amatil, Schweppes and Lion Nathan of rorting recycling laws by deliberately overcharging consumers for the cost of the schemes. The report claimed that the price increases of drinks, including Coke and Pepsi, and beers including some Tooheys brands were 100 per cent higher than the actual costs of the recycling schemes incurred by the companies. It further estimates that between them, more than $20 million in refunds owed to consumers but not claimed nationwide, had simply been pocketed. The authors of the report, an alliance of more than 20 environment and conservation groups across the country, have referred the findings to the competition and consumer watchdog. A Coca-Cola Amatil spokeswoman denied allegations the company was profiteering from the deposit scheme in the NT. A spokeswoman for Lion Nathan said final retail pricing was a decision for retailers, and that Lion Nathan had been transparent about their costs. Schweppes could not be reached for comment. The container recycling scheme only operates in the Territory and South Australia, but the other State Governments will meet this month to discuss rolling the scheme out across the rest of the country. The Australian Food and Grocery Council is lobbying the Federal Government and the States to resist a national scheme, claiming it would add to the cost of living. But a study commissioned by a national alliance of environment and conservation groups has alleged that the three largest beverage companies in Australia were deliberately overcharging consumers for the cost of the scheme in the States that it already operated in. The report claimed that more than a dozen popular drinks produced by the big three bottlers had risen by up to 20 cents on claims of cost recovery by the manufactures. The majority of other manufacturers of beverages had been able to keep their prices rises to around six cents. House prices up by 6.5pc in July HOUSE values rose by 6.5 per cent in Darwin in July, new figures show. The RP Data-Rismark housing index, released this week, showed interest rate cuts in May and June had affected the market but that was limited to Sydney and Melbourne, where values rose 1.2 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively in July. In Adelaide, housing prcies fell 2.5 per cent. Housing values for the quarter are flat, up 0.2 per cent for the capitals, and down 2.4 per cent on a year ago. Its the festival season NT-wide FESTIVAL season has landed in the Territory with more than 30 arts festivals on offer. Highlights on this years calendar include the Stone Country Festival in Gunbalanya on August 25. Visitors can travel through Kakadu then cross into Arnhem Land. The Alice Desert Festival from September 7 to 16 will showcase bands from remote communities. Check out http://www.nretas. nt.gov.au/arts-and-museums/arts/ festivaldates