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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 21

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 13 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5A U G -2 00 8 PA G E : 13 C O L O R : C M Y K Alice Springs 55 Hartley St Ph: 8951 5377 Darwin 6th Floor, 9-11 Cavenagh St Ph: 8999 3000 Palmerston Shop 6, 25 Chung Wah Tce Ph: 8999 3000 Katherine 20 Second St Ph: 8973 8711 Tennant Creek 61 Patterson St Ph: 8962 1985 We provide free & confi dential legal advice, in the following areas: Family Law Criminal Law Civil Law General Law Immigration Domestic Violence Call us on 8951 5377 to book an appointment for a free 20 minute advice session with one of our lawyers. A Toll Free Legal Information Line is available 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday - 1800 019 343 Or visit: www.ntlac.nt.gov.au 22 06 02 /0 9 COMMERCIAL & RETAIL Top gallery doubles area Daniel Burdon AN Alice Springs Aboriginal art gallery has doubled its floorspace in a large renovation literally stretching around a prime corner in the central business district. Mbantua Gallery, on Gregory Terrace, general manger Tim Jennings said it had extended its gallery space downstairs to Todd Mall, giving the well-known gallery mall frontage. Mr Jennings said the gallery had been working to create a large walk-through gallery area from the mall to the current gallery position. The sit was previously a cafe, Mr Jennings said there were no plans as yet to create another cafe. He said: We wanted to extend the size of the gallery, get front windows and an entrance to the mall primarily. The new gallery hasmore than doubled the entire downstairs floor-space of MbantuaGallery, andMrJenningshopes it will bring in more tourists. Mr Jennings, who owns Emily Kame Kngwarrees famous $1 million work, Earths Creation, said it would not be housed in the new space yet, with a stint in theNationalGallery in Canberra, then NT Parliament House, before returning to Alice Springs. He said the much-coveted painting would be in the gallery or museum upstairs by early next year. The museum, which has indigenous artifacts, stories andworks of art, alsohas a special area dedicated to Kngwarrees work, her life philosophy and culture. Mr Jennings said the newly renovated MbantuaGallery on ToddMall should be open within the week. BUSINESS PROFILE - NT Legal Aid Commission First step to solution GOT a legal question? Need legal help? The Alice Springs office of the NT Legal Aid Commission at 55 Hartley Street has easy access for everyone. The NT Legal Aid Commission provides free and confidential legal advice in criminal law, family law, domestic violence, civil law and immigration matters. If you cannot attend an advice clinic because of remoteness, illness or disability, the commission can provide legal advice by telephone. Anyone in the community is entitled to seek legal information andadvice from theCommission. The NT Legal Aid Commission provides access to the law and legal assistance to people who cannot afford a private lawyer. It employs highly skilled legal experts and professionals. Grants of legal aid are available for ongoing legal representation to successful applicants. The Alice Springs office has recently been renovated, ensuringclients access to legal services is in a professional and confidential environment. The Criminal Law Section of the Commission employs lawyers who specialise in criminal law matters, for both adults and young people. A free duty lawyer service is available for anyone required to appear at court in Alice Springs. Defendants facing serious criminal charges, who cannot afford a private lawyer, may also be eligible for a grant of legal aid for ongoing representation by the commission. The commission is a registered Family Dispute Resolution provider and operates a family law conferencing program. A family law conference is a form of family law dispute resolution involving a meeting between the people in a dispute, with the assistance of their lawyers. The meeting is chaired by an independent lawyer. It aims to help people reach a legal agreement without having to go to court. New family law conferencing facilities have been purpose built in the Alice Springs office to allow people to participate in family law conferences in a comfortable, private and safe environment. The commission also produces a range of brochures and publications on different topics, such as your rights when dealing with the police, neighbourhood prob lems and the court process. Copies of these publications are available free of charge. The commission can make staff available to give presentations and speak to community groups, schools, workplaces etc on Legal Aid or a specific legal topic. If you are experiencing legal problems, you can take your first step towards a solution by calling the NT Legal Aid Commission toll free Legal Information Line. Available Monday to Friday, it can provide free and confidential information, referral or appointments for legal advice. Deal signed for 80 valley blocks An agreement has been signed to develop vacant land in Mount John Valley. Daniel Burdon THE real estate industry has welcomed the signing of an agreement to go ahead with the development of about 80 blocks in Mount John Valley. But process could take 12 months An agreement between the NT Government and Alice Springs traditional land owners Lhere Artepe marks the next stage in the Mt John Valley development. Lhere Artepe chief executive Darryl Pearce said the agreement was finished, apart from a few finer details. The traditional owners must now move forward with the design of the residential land development, before taking it to the Development Consent Authority for approval. Real Estate Institute of the NT southern region delegate David Forrest said the completed agreement was a good sign and something the industry was happy to see. Mr Forrest said: I think it is something wed be very happy to see now its really up to Lhere Artepe. While Mr Forrest said he would like the development to include a mix of single dwellings and medium density lots, it was up to the developers. Mr Pearce said head-works were almost completed, with contractor Sitzler Bros expected to complete the job before the end of the month. He said: Its all starting to fall into place over the next few months first we need to do the designs and then put it to the DCA. This process could take anywhere between three and 12 months, but signifies the growing need for residential proper ty in Alice Springs is finally being addressed. Ch i e f M in i s t e r Pau l Henderson said last week that the Territory Government had reached an agreement in principle with Lhere Artepe.