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The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009



The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 22

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4 Centralian Advocate, Friday, August 7, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K D E PA RT M E N T O F H E A LT H A N D FA M I L I E S Do you have an idea for an event or activity involving young people aged 12 to 25 years? Grants up to $2000 are being offered for: drug and alcohol-free entertainment youth development and leadership programs All events and activities will be held between December 2009 and January 2010. For more info or to receive an application form, contact the Office of Youth Affairs on 8999 3881 or visit www.youth.nt.gov.au Special Grants for Youth Events w w w .n t. g o v. a u Hurry! Applications close Friday 4 September 2009 390605/10 The New Intimate Authentic Asian Dining Experience Open from 6pm every dayBookings Essential Private Dining Room available for up to 12 people 18+ venu e For bookings please call 08 89507740 4 5 0 6 0 5 /1 0 Rental market tighter THE Northern Territory Governments failed land release policies are throttling the rental market in Alice Springs, says the Opposition spokesman for Central Australia, Matt Conlan. Mr Conlan said real estate data released yesterday showed rental vacancy rates in Alice Springs in the June quarter were at an untenably low 0.3 per cent. He said: This shows the failure of the Henderson Government to release enough land to serve the interests of the large proportion of people who rent properties in the town. No wonder so many people complain to me about the difficulty of finding a suitable rental property in the town. He said the average weekly rental on a three-bedroom house in Alice Springs was $430 a week up 8.9 per cent on the previous year. The average rental on a two-bedroom unit is more than $350 a week up 4.4 per cent. Frontline services boosted ALICE Springs emergency services will get $10,000 to attend the National Disaster Rescue Competition in Brisbane this year. Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon announced the funding yesterday. I t c a m e f r o m a $195,740 grant that also included $50,000 for the Hermannsburg volunteer emergency services unit. Grants were given to 179 projects across Australia to help volunteer emergency management organisations support their communities. Some 500,000 people in Australia volunteer their services in an emergency management capacity and 350,000 of those are directly involved through the various rural fire services and the state and territory emergency services. Mr Snowdon said: Volunteers are absolu t e l y c r i t i c a l t o frontline emergency management here in the Northern Territory. Revamp plan for comment Daniel Burdon PLANS for the $5 million revitalisat ion of Alice Springs central business district were released yesterday by the Territory Government, with the public encouraged to comment. The plan is the outcome of the Planning for the Future Forum held last year. It is based on the advice of public space expert Professor Paul Carter, public consultations and a local steering committee. The plan outlines four projects aimed at creating more open spaces, a better-looking CBD and improving the area bordered by Leichhardt, Wills and Gregory Terraces. Minister for Planning and Lands Delia Lawrie said the long-awaited project would jazz up one of the towns most important areas. Minister for Central Australia Karl Hampton emphasised the local consultation and advantages that the funding would bring to construction firms (and possibly designers) that are already based in town. Ms Lawrie said: Indigenous groups and leaders will be invited to make their contributions to the proposed Leichhardt Terrace project, which will highlight the regions strong links to Indigenous culture and heritage. Mr Hampton said the upgrade would provide a welcoming town centre for businesses, residents and visitors. Mr Hampton said: The revitalisation will improve the facilities and amenities for residents as well as for the many tourists that visit Alice Springs each year. l Wicking: Page 6 Jazzing up the CBD THE project features four main elements: l A revitalisation of Todd Mall providing a vibrant corridor with new lighting, street furniture, shade and weather protection. l Re-establishing open space that highlights Alice Springs unique culture and provides space for artistic and cultural events and markets. l A green streetscapes program to enhance the streets and encourage pedestrian traffic with more shade, seating and new footpaths. l More market and open space on Leichhardt Terrace between Gregory and Wills Terraces for community and cultural events. The government said this open space would have a focus on indigenous culture. Nurse Rebecca Bond gives a massage to seven-week-old William Burkhart at Flynn Drive Medical Centre. Picture: KABIR DHANJI. Babies calmed by medicine of touch Miriam Raphael W H E N N i c o l e Papanestora wants to settle her seven-weekold baby William she has a new technique: massage. Nicole is learning infant massage as part of the Territory Parents Support Program held at Flynn Drive Community Health Centre. I thought it would help of a night time to get him to relax, said Nicole. It will be a bonding thing we can do, especially when hes a little bit cranky. Ive tried my hand at it but its good to see it done properly. Baby massage has both physical and psychological benefits, said Child and Family Health Nurse Rebecca Bond. Touch is an entirely physical language and is the first language that a baby understands after birth, she said. By setting aside some time each day to massage your baby you create relaxing times that will decrease the stress and tension for both of you. According to Rebecca, an abdominal massage is one of the best ways to soothe colic. Gently rub bing a babys stomach clockwise can combat constipation, while stroking the face works to ease snotty noses, congestion and sinus. Any oil, such as olive or grape seed oil, can be used to massage baby, as long as it is free of added extras which might cause allergies. Massage can begin even before the birth. Rebecca recommends pregnant women massage their own stomachs because babies can feel the touch from within. The next baby massage session is on September 23. Bookings essential, phone 8951 6711.

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