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The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008



The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008


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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. 61 no. 66

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2 Centralian Advocate, Friday, January 11, 2008 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 11-JA N -2008 PA G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K LOTTO SUPER 7S OZ LOTTO: 725 21, 31, 11, 10, 29, 14, 12 Supps: 26, 33 WEDNESDAY LOTTO: 415 5, 19, 13, 14, 32, 17 Supps: 3, 39 INDEX OPINION ALICE LIVE REAL ESTATE COMICS TV CLASSIES SPORT 06 13 15 32 33 35 45 NEWS Tip shop stays NEW Alice Springs tip operators Subloo will continue to run a shop at the dump. Director Darryl Subloo said: It was always our intention to have a shop selling bric-a-brac. Subloo has brought all its machinery from interstate and has employed seven Alice Springs people in its staff of eight. Bowerbird will vacate the shop this month, and only one employee was hired by Subloo. Mr Subloo said: We had advertisements in the paper, and the positions were picked from the applicants. The community that is caught in crossfire Its thirsty work at Mutitjulu for little George Moneymoon. Pictures: HANNAH MILLERICK Brian Douglas sits on the fence round his swimming hole the sewerage ponds. Mutitjulus nightmare Rebecca Lollback Council worker Sammy Wilson has no fuel for the rubbish truck. TRADITIONAL owners have threatened to shut down the Uluru climb and lock the gates to their community if the Federal Government does not listen to their needs. Community members in Mutitjulu just metres from the Rock say they have not received any government funding since the intervention started more than six months ago. Council member Mario Guiseppe said: We havent received a penny since June. Were running off our own back. The government business manager is the only person with his hand on the till. But hes on leave so we cant get any maintenance done, even though sewerage is bubbling up and taps are leaking. Rubbish is also piling up because council has no money to buy diesel for the rubbish trucks. But Liz Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, said the government business manager told residents he could authorise repairs by email. She said: He has not received any enquiries to approve emergency repairs and maintenance in his absence. Ms Smith also dismissed claims that Mutitjulu was not being funded. She said Uniting Church Frontier Services was given $261,045 to provide childcare services and Ingerreke Outstations Resource Services was funded $50,572 to provide municipal services. But John Robinson, who looks after the finances at Mutitjulu, said the people were suffering. He said: The water quality here is bad its full of minerals. So the air conditioners dont work. People are sleeping outside because its cooler than in their houses. The water also clogs up washing machines and kettles. We want the people of Mutitjulu to have a future. There is so much uncertainty for them. Council secretary Dorothea Randall said Parks Australia controlled the head lease. She said: They wont let us build a recreation hall or a swimming pool for our kids. The kids are swimming in the sewerage ponds every day because its been so hot. But Parks Australia said it had not received an application for a swimming pool or hall. It is also understood there will be changes in the management of Mutitjulu when local government reforms are implemented this year, but these details are still being discussed. Mr Guiseppe said the community was reaching breaking point. He said: This community has been brought to its knees. Weve been to hell and back. Look at this place. Its prime Rock real estate. Wouldnt you build another resort here? But we wont let them. Well shut the gates. They cant get rid of us. Ms Smith rejected claims the Federal Government was trying to close Mutitjulu down. But she said: Given space and environmental constraints, we are supporting a new housing development outside the Park to provide better access to employment and education for Mutitjulu residents.

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