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Sun newspapers Wed 2 Jun 2010



Sun newspapers Wed 2 Jun 2010


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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S un N ew spapers - P age 18 - 7 - C M Y K STAGE two of the city revitalisation is underway. So far in stage one we have added more trees to the city and at the same time started the de-cluttering process, making our streets more pedestrian friendly. This project has been a long time coming, public consultation started in 2008. After numerous reports and input from the public through the consultation process a plan was devised to see greater connectivity within the CBD, with improved sightlines and significantly more trees providing more natural shade. In May 2009, the project received a shot in the arm with the announcement of significant Northern Territory Government and Australian Government stimulus package funding. Council has a dedicated website www.darwin.nt.gov.au/my0800, places electronic and print ads, letter drops and visits local traders as each stage of the project progresses. The NT Government built a structure at the southern end of the mall to connect to the waterfront. The latest works in Smith St at the northern end of the mall are designed to connect China Town with a water proof undercover walkway. Significantly the works in Smith St enable us to continue with our policy of strengthening the green canopy of Darwin's CBD. Recently, we had a report to council predicting a temperature increase in the Darwin climate of 2 degrees. The Nature & Garden Industry of Australia says street planting resulting in a tree canopy can reduce street temperatures by up to 8 degrees. Our strategy involves rebuilding a tropical look for the city as well as making it more comfortable to walk around in. In the latest works in Smith St, where the China Town connection is taking place, it has been necessary to remove two large mahogany trees. The trees in question were assessed by an independent aborist as compromised and unsafe as they were breaking out of the raised planter beds containing them. Fortunately, two adjacent similar sized mahogany trees (not planted in raised beds) have been assessed as safe, so they will not have to be moved. The trees will be replaced with a Top End endemic species "Allosyncarpia Ternata". This is a quickgrowing local variety that will provide plenty of shade and add to the natural tropical feel of the precinct. Enough about the trees. The walkway will be fantastic and functional. The idea is that people will be able to walk from China Town all the way the southern end of the mall undercover (out of the rain) and unobstructed. Council is making it easier to get around and encouraging more pedestrians in the CBD. That brings me to another exciting project the $2m cyclepath upgrade underway right now. As a part of this project we will see special bicycle lockups in the China Town carpark. It will then be a bike park as well. With the added undercover walkway to the mall, it will be easy to ride to China Town and then walk to the mall, Mitchell or Cavenagh streets. Step by step we are improving our city. 7Sun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010COLUMNS 49ts04/10 Fish the Tiwi Islands, Flat Top Banks, Peron Islands & More Hook up to 40 different reef, pelagic and sport fishing species All inclusive charter on 46 foot Westcoaster vessel Group and individual bookings welcome Fish Darwin also operate 1/2 day fishing tours that are great for kids and families MENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE $100 OFF A 2 NIGHT CHARTER DEPARTING 25TH JUNE AND 2ND JULY 08 8985 5898 fish@fishdarwin.com.au www.fishdarwin.com.au 49 ts 05 /1 0 49dw06/10 CROTONS, calatheas, diffenbachias, caladiums, cordylines, acalyphas, pedilanthus, strobilanthes and aralias are just some of a wide range of foliage plants that serve a great purpose in the garden, but they do not have a profusion of flowers or perfume. A selection of flowering trees and shrubs can offer both, and there is nothing like meandering through a tropical garden full of fragrance and blooms and admiring a flurry of birds and bees that are attracted to it. If you think areas in your garden appear drab and lack colour at certain times of the year, incorporate suitable plants that will add a bit of zap and zing to seasonal vistas in your front or back yard. There are a variety of plants that will have short or long-flowering periods, so be mindful of this when you are planning for continuous colour throughout the year. Ideally, choose plants that will start flowering as another variety has finished build on what you already have growing in your garden. If you are undecided what plants to choose, visit local gardens and parks to see what is currently flowering and what mostly appeals to you, or visit a range of "open gardens" to see how other gardeners have cleverly created a kaleidoscope of colour in their plot of paradise. Beautiful blooms making showy displays in our current season are bougainvilleas, bauhinias, mussaendas, hibiscus, adeniums, clerodendron vines, vincas and alamandas, Although your garden may have a formal appearance such as a dominance of hedges, clipped greenery, or agaves in a structured manner, seasonal colour can be incorporated into these designs. Bougainvilleas, flowering shrubs and vibrant creepers can be trimmed, trained and taught to behave themselves in any formal garden. HHeellpp oouutt wwiitthh ffiirree pprreevveennttiioonn AS THE dry season slowly approaches the Top End, NT Fire and Rescue Service personnel are out conducting controlled burns across the Territory in an effort to minimise the risk of a fire this Dry. These controlled early season burn-offs are essential as they create strategic fuel-reduced zones, which slow the spread of a fire and reduce the risk of damage to the community. During the past week NTFRS has conducted burns in the Leanyer, Hidden Valley and, most recently, the Girraween areas. NTFRS units will be kept busy over the following week as burning is planned for the Palmerston and rural areas. Areas to be burnt include bushland near BP Palms Yarrawonga, McKinnon Road, Elrundie Avenue and the Coolalinga area. During these controlled burns smoke may limit vision on roads in the prescribed areas, so it is important to take caution when driving in effected areas and we recommend people suffering from asthma stay inside and away from the smoke. Not only is it important for your local fire brigade to conduct burns and prepare for the bushfire season, it is important the public prepare and take adequate precautions around their property. Here are some simple steps to get your rural property ready for this Dry: Clear sources of fuels and flammable vegetation from around the house for at least 20m Make sure your property identification is clearly visible and your property access is suitable for large fire fighting appliances Check that fire fighting equipment is operational and hoses reach all sides of the building Trim under fences and remove overgrown bushes Clean out gutters and secure any openings to the roof Point LPG relief valves away from structures Fit smoke alarms to each level of your home Learn First Aid and CPR Prepare an evacuation box in case you must leave Bushfire is not only a threat to rural communities and the environment. If you live in a suburban or semi-rural area you could also be at risk. Property owners need to take steps to protect their homes and families from bushfire PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE. NTFRS officer Patrick Skewes is appealing to people to prepare for the fire season and clear their properties of fire hazards City improvements take shape AAdddd ssoommee ccoolloouurr With NT Fire and Rescue Service hazard reduction officer PATRICK SKEWES 18 YOUR LOCAL TRADES AND SERVICES DIRECTORYSun Newspapers WEDNESDAY June 02 2010 LOCAL SERLOCAL SERVICES DIRECTORVICES DIRECTORYY Profile Enter our Pick a Business and Win Competition to go in to the draw to win $200 worth of local services. Fill in coupon, place in stamped envelope, post to Pick a Business and Win Competition, PO Box 989 Palmerston NT 0831 Drawn first Wednesday of each month. All entries must be posted in. One entry per envelope per week. For full terms and conditions refer to Classifieds page.wwoorrtthh ooff LLooccaall SSeerrvviicceess NAME PHONE ADDRESS ADVERTISED BUSINESS YOU WOULD LIKE TO WIN $200 WORTH OF LOCAL SERVICES FROM: Pick a Business and Win $200 ANTENNAS CLEANING Computer problems explained in plain English Mobile: 0419 034 379 Office: 8942 1825 Email: john@smarttask.com.au Web: www.smarttask.com.au S 20 PC & Mac repairs Help desk, email & phone support COMPUTER SERVICES TV Reception (Digital & Analogue) Digital TV (Set Top Box) Tuning (TV, VCR, DVD) Modem Lines/Phone Lines Home Theatre Computer Cabling & Networking Domestic & Commercial Ph: 0438 874 192 Fax: (08) 8931 3887 Email: daxdnp@tpg.com.au S I M P L Y B E T T E R S E R V I C E D10b ELECTRICAL A25 BLOCKLAYINGANTENNAS Cabinet Maker Kitchens Vanities Wardrobes Odd Jobs Contact Derek 0409 557 322 C 62 BLOCKLAYINGBUILDING K24 J32 Sark Bui lders All aspec ts of buil ding wor ks Bathroom s, renova tions, re storation s, mainten ance, tili ng, contr act work , doors, flo oring. 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