The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 9 -J U N -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd and the Anaconda MTB Enduro Race would like to thank and acknowledge the assistance of sponsors and supporters for the 2009 event. We would also like to remind riders and others users of the areas the event traversed that prior approval from the relevant landowner(s) should be sought prior to travelling over such property (outside the event times). We would like to thank the private landowners being, John McEwen, Ron Sterry, Undoolya Station , Danny Brennan and Patrick Brown for their assistance in staging the 2009 event. 2 7 5 0 0 2 /0 9 Public Notice The Rapid Ascent Team Adventure Event Management www.rapidascent.com.au NEWS Anger over MVR hours Daniel Burdon Ms Carney A SIX-MONTH trial of reduced hours at the Alice Springs Motor Vehicle Registry office in the Greatorex Building has angered customers, according to Araluen MLA Jodeen Carney. Ms Carney said she had received a number of complaints about the trial, which started in March. She said: People cant understand why Power and Water opened a flash new office in Alice Plaza, while the MVR office has reduced hours and is harder to access. Car owner Sheryl Magnay said: There used to be an office downstairs in the Greatorex Building, but it has been moved upstairs on the same floor as the Department of Planning. The MVR used to be open in business hours five days a week. Now it opens from 11.30am and closes at 4pm with one staff member in the place. I want to know what can be done about it and how come Alice Springs always seems to miss out while Darwin gets all its government services fine. I think a lot of mothers with young children often go into town during the morning to do every thing, and if you turn up now, its not open for long in the morning. When I went there were six people in front of me and this poor woman behind the counter was run off her feet. The Department of Planning and Infrastructures executive director of regions Tony Renshaw said the change in opening hours at the office was a six-month trial, brought in because 75 per cent of customers came in between 11.30am and 4pm. The move upstairs was due to refurbishments taking place during the trial. He said: There was advertising in the Centralian Advocate and notices at the Greatorex building ground floor to notify customers of the changes. If a customer attends the counter before 11.30am, they have access to a phone that puts them through to the MVR where they can use Quick Pay services. MVR Greatorex continues to provide NT licence and registration renewal services. People wanting to provide the MVR with feedback on their services can fill out forms at MVR locations. But Ms Carney said: Its not always easy for everyone to drive up to the MVR on the north Stuart Highway. The payment of bills like the ones paid at the MVR should be made as easy as possible by governments. She said Parliament was about to sit and the Budget would be scrutinised at Estimates the following week. We will ask why this has happened. Surely, its not because of some hidden Budget cut? Ms Carney said she did not buy the Governments argument about needing a trial. She said: Its not good enough, and it wouldnt happen in Darwin. As everyone knows, Power and Water and MVR worked from the same area in the Greatorex building for years. They are both public utilities and should both be open during normal business hours. Whats happened just doesnt make sense. UN rep visits town camp Chris Varney in Alice Springs AUSTRALIAS United Nations Youth Representative Chris Varney has visited Hidden Valley town camp where he sought young peoples views on Youth Allowance and substance abuse. Mr Varney said he saw a lot of empowered people on his hour-long visit. He said: They spoke about their families, they spoke about their futures, they spoke about their passion for their homes. I think that is empowerment. Mr Varney suggested a peer-to-peer drug abuse treatment program would be useful to people in Alice Springs. It would mean that older people who had kicked alcohol and drug habits could work with young people to make sure they didnt get into substance abuse. Mr varney also visited St Philips College where he spoke with Year 12 students. The students said their transition to uni was uncertain because of new eligibility criteria for Youth Allowance. He said: Certainly the youth allowance issue is a concern right across the country. Many people are happy about what happened to youth allowance but some people are scared. Students are not eligible for youth allowance unless they can prove they have worked 30 hours a week for 18 months from January. Dan Moss