The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Feb 2012
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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 8 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 6 3 5 0 2 /1 2 3 5 3 5 0 2 /1 2 NEWS Federal funds to upgrade airports THREE Centralian airstrips will receive much-needed upgrades after receiving funding from the Australian Governments Regional Aviation Access Program. Seven NT community airstrips were chosen to share $2,476,864 of funding to improve airstrip surfaces, upgrade windsocks, clear vegetation and enhance safety equipment. Among these were Baikal, 374km northeast of Alice Springs, Willowra and Yuelamu, northwest of Alice Springs. Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King said: Connecting communities to essential food, health and education services through safe, operational aerodromes is a high priority. More than 180 airstrips have been funded, with $43 million dedicated to the program. Indigenous Health Minister Warren Snowdon said the works would enable remote communities to receive vital services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He said: Many remote communities have limited health services, but knowing help can be flown in or a patient flown to another health facility is a great relief to residents. Footy weekend bans on casks TAKEAWAY liquor restrictions will be in place this weekend as part of the bid to prevent violence when big sporting matches are held in Alice Springs. The NT Licensing Commission has put a stop on takeaway cask and fortified wine sales in Alice Springs from Friday to Sunday to coincide with the AFL match at Traeger Park on Saturday night. Commission chairm a n R i c h a r d OSullivan said the decision was made after talks with NT Police, government agencies and service providers. H e s a i d : A F L matches of this nature are great for the town and bring a lot of benefits to Alice Springs; however it does impact on the resources of police, the hospital and service providers. Mr OSullivan said with an influx of visitors, there was potential for increased alcoholrelated issues throughout the town. He said: Past experience indicates alcohol will be a factor in a lot of issues that may arise. Irresponsible consumption of lowerpriced high-alcoholvolume products such as cask wine and fortified wines has contributed to past issues. Restrictions of this nature have proved to be a major factor in significantly reducing some of the problems that can be experienced with a large influx of visitors to town. These temporary measures will complement some of the other measures that government and nongovernment organisations have in place. AFLNT has also adopted a responsible consumption of alcohol policy at the match by limiting sales to mid and light-strength alcohol and an alcoholfree area in place. 2012: a feast of art Cameron Boon A THEATRE production about one of Australias greatest artists will be one of the highlights at the Araluen Cultural Precinct this year. Precinct director Tim R o l l a s o n s a i d Namatjira was more than a night at the theatre, it is an experience of art, live on stage. He said: The work of t h e l a t e A l b e r t Namatjira is a big drawcard for the precinct where visitors can see his work on display. Arts company Big hArt brings us the deeply moving story of Albert Namatjira, a journey that is both compelling and entertaining. Stars of the show include Alberts grandchi ldren thirdgeneration water colour artists assisting with the retelling of his life, filling the stage with a huge landscape drawing of their desert country. Mr Rollason said other highlights of the centres program this year include Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit and Syncopation. He said: As the curtains go up on the 2012 Araluen Program, an exciting mix of local, national and internationally renowned artists will combine to provide lively and inspiring entertainment for all ages across the year. Syncopation is set to be a highlight with choreography by Mark Hodge, known for his work with TV show Dancing with the Stars and the film Moulin Rouge. The Theatre School Workshop program is back for this years April school holidays culminating in a finale performance open to all parents and friends. Traditional favourites such as the Alice Prize, Alice Springs Beanie Festival and the Advocate Art Award exhibitions are back for another year. And support for locally developed theatre continues with the contemporary operatic work Confined, produced and presented by C a t s M e o w d i v a Tammy Brennan, in October. Unfinished business for Brendan Erin Jones Mr Heenan ALDERMAN Brendan Heenan hopes his knowledge of council during the past four years will be an important factor to encourage residents to re-elect him on March 24. Mr Heenan, is one of four standing aldermen who will recontest their positions at the Alice Springs Town Council election. The well-known local was deputy mayor in 2010 and said he still had goals that he would like to achieve on council. These include wanting to see the CBD revitalisation come into fruition as well as the new design concepts for the landfill, after council received a $3.5 million Federal Govern ment grant to extend its life expectancy. Mr Heenan also wants to pursue options with the Youth Hub to end the towns graffiti problem. He said: I would like to see council work with the Youth Hub and the youth of Alice Springs to try and find a solution to this graffiti vandalism. If we can instigate some program and work with them, it will be a win for the council and town. At the moment it costs the council and ratepayers at least $100,000 a year. Mr Heenan said council needs to lobby the NT and Federal Governments for more social services in Alice Springs to alleviate the domestic violence and school attendance issues. He said: What I would like to see is more social workers employed to assimilate people in the community. Bottler ... landfill operator Kevin Cook and Mayor Ryan celebrate the success of Cash for Containers Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY The end of a successful project Erin Jones THE Alice Springs Town Councils Cash for Containers scheme will end on a high note on Saturday, with nearly 17 million containers recycled under the program. Council will cease its Wilkinson Street operations at 1pm, marking the end of the twoand-a-half year project. M a y o r D a m i e n R y a n thanked the Alice Springs public for making it such a successful scheme. He said: We congratulate the community on the use that they have made of this system. It is stunning the amount of people who have used it weekin, week-out. Were glad the Territory now has its own scheme and we can move on to other things as a council. Mr Ryan urged residents to continue to recycle with the e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e Territory-wide scheme and use the Territory Metals depot on Smith Street. The councils $850,000 glass crusher machine will still be used to crush glass that is discarded at the landfill.