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The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012



The Centralian advocate Fri 22 Jun 2012


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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


v. 65 no. 111

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20 Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 22, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 2 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 0 C O L O R : C M Y K Connecting Australia to a better future Advertisement Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra The National Broadband Network is improving access to healthcare around Australia The NBN gives people, especially those in regional areas, better access to healthcare from home. With a high-speed, much more reliable connection, doctors, nurses and specialists can stay in touch with their patients, wherever they are. Im involved in a movement therapy trial, where a stroke patient in a regional location is connected online to a therapist in Sydney. With the NBN, we get the same level of interaction as if the patient and therapist were in the same room together. - Dr. Penelope McNulty, Neuroscience Research Australia Facts and benefits: The NBN will deliver access to high-speed, reliable broadband to all of Australia. The NBN rollout is underway, prioritising regional Australia. The NBN will include a range of technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite services. Connecting to the NBN is simple. To find out when the National Broadband Network is coming to your area, visit australia.gov.au/nbn or call 1800 023 076 National Broadband Network NEWS Good time to be on watch Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus Picture: CHRIS WATSON Chris Watson Red Centre Birdos Bulletin AFTER a few seasons of hefty rainfall, the country is finally beginning to dry out a bit. As smaller waterholes dry up, bird populations concentrate on the remaining, more reliable, water sources. Cockatiels have been prominent around town for a few months now and, along with the Zebra Finches and Budgerigars, are one of the more obvious of the nomadic desert species at the moment. They can disappear for long periods as they breed up in remote areas. At the moment they can be seen drinking in the hours before sunset at any decent water sources around town, and the photographed birds were at Wigleys Waterhole on the Telegraph Station Reserve. This week has seen reports of Grey Falcons from east of town around Emily Gap. Princess Parrots continue to be seen out at Newhaven Reserve and Grey Honeyeaters have been reported again near McGrath Creek on the Stuart Highway north of town. The area of Deep Well Road that was burnt out last year continues to support healthy populations of Rufous-crowned Emuw r e n s a n d Spinifexbirds. At the sewage ponds, the water level has been perfect for some of the shorter-legged wading birds, and both Spotless and Australian Crakes have been seen during the week. A pair of Black Fal cons have been frequenting the area south of the Gap and have been seen most afternoons around the sewage ponds and the Todd River. R e d t h r o a t s a n d Slaty-backed Thornbills round out the local reports, both of which have been seen out the back of Flynns Grave during the week. Send reports to birdscentral@gmail.com Holiday programs funded Katie Weiss Rob Knight KIDS holiday programs in the Centre will gain more than $11,000 in grant money to help young residents let loose over the break after a long semester of pencils and protractors. The money will be spread across six different programs as the wintry mid-year holidays approach. Programs receiving the money include: Alice Springs Family Church, Gap Youth Centre and YMCA of Central Australia. The Church, which h a s r u n h o l i d a y programs for the past five years, said in a statement: During the July school break, many youths come into town from bush communities. Gap Youth Centre will use its $2000 funding to run a three-day camping trip to instil leadership skills in young, vibrant minds. Funding came from an NT Government grant pool of $70,290 spread across 38 different programs. Young Territorians Minister Rob Knight urged kids to: Get involved these school holidays and take part in the many activities on offer. Minister for Central A u s t r a l i a K a r l Hampton said: There will be plenty of exciting things for young people to have a go at. Park goes solar to reduce gases A HYBRID solar power system has been built in the West MacDonnell National Park to help reduce greenhouse gases in the Territory. The system, at Ormiston Gorge Rangers Station, about 135km outside Alice Springs, will produce energy from solar panels and batteries, which will also work together with existing generators. The NT Government said the project would reduce fossil-fuel consumption by 60 per cent. Minister for Central A u s t r a l i a K a r l Hampton said: Our parks play a huge role in greening the Territory. Mr Hampton said Alice Springs company Ecoenergy Australia Pty Ltd built the energy-saving system.