The Centralian advocate Fri 18 Dec 2009
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, December 18, 2009 5 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 8 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 5 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS 5 8 2 5 0 5 /1 0 5 7 2 5 0 5 /1 0 Friendly Service & Advice Mon-Fri 6am 5.30pm. Sat 6am 12noon 8 Gason Street ~ Milner Road Shops Delicious Chee ses Smallgoods C ondiments Gourmet Pasta s Herbs & Spices Xmas Pudding s Great Recipe Ideas in store Free Range Chickens Pork Boneless Lamb/Hams Porchetta Smoked Chicken Turkeys Roasts Crayfi sh Oysters Succulent Fish Huge New Season SA King Prawns Christmas Par ty & Function Orders Welcom e Ph: 8952 1711 Milner Meats and Seafood GREAT NEW SHOP and NEW RANGE of STOCK! 3 5 2 5 0 5 /1 0 Hurry, get your skates on NOWS your chance to have a fair dinkum white Christmas without leaving Alice Springs on the ice rink at the Convention Centre. And the Centralian Advocate is offering you and a friend a free session on the ice, skates provided. And dont worry if you have never ice skated before. Youll be doing fine in no time. All you need to do is answer a simple question: What are the names of all eight of Santas reindeer? (Tip: Rudolph is not one of them). The first reader to SMS the correct answer and their full name to 0421 261 177 will win the two tickets for any two-hour session between Boxing Day and the end of February. Local businesses will be given priority LOCAL businesses will get priority for work in the Alice Springs town camps, says Territory Alliance manager Allan McGill. He said: We have started some early works before Christmas and by the middle of next year we will be in full swing. There will be plenty of opportunities for local businesses that can be competitive and meet our standards. Territory Alliances Alice Springs manager Rob Marchant said it made sense to use tradespeople and businesses with local knowledge and local addresses. He said: We have drawn on local labour as much as possible rather than import our workforce. We have had a great response from local businesses. For many of them, this housing project is more than a job. They have friends in the town camps and their attitude is that everyone has a shared interest in doing this job well. Territory Alliance has been engaged by the NT and Federal governments to work on the building package in the 18 Alice Springs town camps. This includes water, power, sewerage, roads and stormwater, building 85 new houses and fixing existing houses. The first work, commissioned by the Alice Springs Transformation Plan, began on December 7 with a c o n t r a c t a w a r d e d t o Ingkerreke Resources to do an external clean-up of the town camps. Ingkerreke provided 39 people, including a team of 20 trained by Tangentyere Employment Services. Territory Alliance then went house-to-house with architects and tradespeople with a program called Fix and Make Safe. Each house was checked and urgent repairs done straight away. This included fixing plumb ing, light fittings, replacing stoves and fixing taps. By the Christmas break, initial work will be finished at Little Sisters, Hoppys, Morris Soak and Palmers and clean-up work will have started in Charles Creek, Kunoth and Larapinta. Work will start in the remaining camps after Christmas. Territory Alliance used local businesses to fit out its office at 61 Smith Street and has engaged contractors in cluding: Ausurv surveyors, Campbell Project Manager (geotechnical work on new house sites), SDA Plumbing (checking sewerage infrastructure); Als Plumbing; AlDirect Plumbing (Steve Zanca); Steve Stronach carpentry; Steves Electrix; Michael Leitinger Electrical; CMP Electrical; carpenter Gavin Cohen and Kungkas Can Cook (catering) After Christmas, a range of tenders will be circulated as work ramps up. Workers village planned THE Territory Government plans to have a short-term workers village for 100 people built in Alice Springs next year but it doesnt know where it should be built or how much it will cost. Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the government was seeking proposals for the development and operation of a short-term accommodation village in the town. According to the Request for Proposals, the government has admitted: There is a shortage of short-stay accommodation, particularly for key service workers, adding to the pressure in the wider rental market and on visitor accommodation. The workers village would have tenure for at least 10 years on whichever site is chosen. The government wants the village to be fully operational by mid-2010. Mr Henderson said: It is envisaged there will be true mini-villages, including amenities such as ensuite accommodation, eating facilities, a store/newsagent and banking facilities. The village would be aimed at teachers, nurses, builders and tradespeople. A spokesman for Mr Henderson said the government wanted to hear from landowners and others with ideas for a potential site. Proposals must be officially lodged by February 9, 2010. 450 jobs for Alice Town camps work gets going Members of the Fix and Make Safe team at work at Little Sisters town camp, where each house was checked and urgent repairs done straight away. Daniel Burdon MORE than 450 jobs will be created by the Federal Governments $150 mill ion Alice Springs transformation plan. Two driving figures behind the plan, former Alice Springs policeman Mark Coffey and Territory Government executive Rita Harding spoke at a town council meeting this week. Mr Coffey said housing reference groups had been created to consult town camp residents and he planned to r e d u c e t h e o v e r crowding issue in all camps for the first two months of 2010. Mr Coffey, executive director of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, said the first homes could start being built in camps as early as February. He said the entire project could provide jobs for two to three years, building new sub urbs from the ground up. Mr Coffey said: Obviously we hope to see long-term gains in improving residents lives and a lengthier survival time for infrastructure and homes. Department of the Chief Minister executive director Ms Harding said under the plan, more than $150 million would be spent in town. Of this, $100 million will be spent on infrastructure and housing; $25 million on social services, including tenancy support, $3 million childrens site, $11 million for short-term accommodation and $13.4 for social housing. Mr Coffey said the group in charge of the project, Territory Alliance, was organising workshops to tell local businesses how to get involved (See story below). He said: At the height of the construction, the Alliance will engage 450 contractors on their project alone.
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