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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Feb 2012



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Feb 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. 66 no. 78

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4 Centralian Advocate, Friday, February 24, 2012 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 4 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 6 4 3 4 0 5 /1 2 ALS CONSTRUCTION SITE MANAGEMENT CARPENTRY DINGO HIRE W. A. WALKER PH: 0419 033 139 EMAIL: ALPAT1@ADAM.COM.AU 4 3 3 4 0 5 /1 2 NEWS Pool life without barriers Fabian Miller is all smiles with the newly-donated goods as Andrew Bermingham, Beth Schmidt and operations manager for Life Without Barriers Charlie Dick join in the fun Erin Jones RECENT donations to the Alice Springs Life Without Barriers branch will help young people with a disability enjoy the benefits of aquatic therapy. Clark Rubber donated a handful of pool toys and devices that will add to the enjoyment of about 40 people who will soon be able to use a private swimming pool for recreation and rehabilitation. Life Without Barriers team leader Andrew Bermingham said: Beth Schmidt from Clark Rubber has kindly donated some pool bits and pieces for the guys to use. We had a solar pool hoist installed late last year and were moving closer to getting the clients into the pool. It will be a combination of fun and enjoyment, recreation and physiotherapy. Aquatic therapy is good for their muscles and muscular spasticity of people with cerebral palsy. Mr Bermingham said the pool and hoist will also be used by other carers not associated with Life Without Barriers. He said: We are opening up to other houses and trying to promote group gatherings and group barbecues. Its good for all the workers to get together as well and socialise. Samih wants to be mayor Erin Jones ALICE Springss longest-sitting alderman will be a candidate for mayor with a campaign based on law and order and the decentralisation of government departments. Alderman Samih Habib-Bitar (left) has spent 12 years on council and says the public now expects more than the three Rs from the council. H e s a i d : People expect the council to be their voice, they expect the council to fight for their rights and they expect council to be involved in a lot more than rates, rubbish and roads. Theres a few things that have to be done. Things that we have ignored in the past. Mr Habib-Bitar will push for government departments to be relocated to Alice Springs and for more police on the ground. He said: I believe centralisation failed. Maybe the government saved a few bucks, but it costs the citizens of Alice Springs everything when the government moves departments to Darwin. We lose jobs and people and, economically, it costs us hardship. Mr Habib-Bitar said the town needed to be cleaned up and council should be responsible for graffiti removal, and should make it a Budget item. He said:I came to Alice Springs in the 70s and the town was a lot tidier and prettier than now. We have to tidy the verges and give the town a bit of beautification. The money we are getting for the mall is not enough. We need a whole lot more for the CBD. Another big issue is flood mitigation. We need to push the government to start negotiations with traditional owners for flood mitigation for everybodys sake. Dave Douglas: I have the time and energy to do the job LAW and order is a recurring theme in Alice Springs Town Council mayoral campaigns and Dave Douglas, another candidate, is ready to put his two businesses aside to pick up the fight as mayor. The well-known businessman has joined Eli Melky, Steve Brown, Samih Habib-Bitar and incumbent Damien Ryan in the race to become town mayor at the March 24 election. Mr Douglas said: I feel I have the time and the energy to devote to running for council and mayor. Ive been here 30 years and basically, I want to give something back. I came to town with $300 in my pocket and a job, and at 32 I started all over again. Thats why I love this town. Mr Douglas understands that council is about rates, rubbish and roads but he said it was hard to concentrate on those roles when peoples tyres are getting slashed, cars are being broken into and people are getting bashed in the street. He said: People have said to me law and order isnt a council issue, but, at the same time, unless something is done about it we will end up with no town at all. We want Alice Springs to be a vibrant, healthy and happy town. Mr Douglas said he had no affiliations with political parties. He would lobby whichever political party was in power for more police. And he wants to promote the towns development, see it grow by 20,000 people and have council investigate buying Melanka with a consortium. Araluen theatre closed for month THE Araluen Arts Centre theatre will be closed for a month because of the $4.5 million airconditioning upgrade. But the galleries will continue to exhibit artwork in a limited capacity. Curator Stephen Williamson said: The Pamela Lofts show, Suzi Lyons show and a condensed version of the Namatjira gallery will all remain open in March. The airconditioning system were using was installed when the centre was built in 1984. It has been less consistent than we would have liked in recent years and so were upgrading now. Were also putting solar panels on the roof. Cameron Boon Arsonist nabbed in Alice AN arsonist who breached his parole conditions in Queensland has been arrested in Alice Springs. The 35-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and will be held until the weekend, when hell be flown back to Brisbane. Police said the man had been jailed for three years.

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