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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008


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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 21

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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5-A U G -2008 PA G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Election forumElection forum Northern Territory will go to the polls on 9 August and its time to consider the issues. Candidates in the upcoming election have been invited to meet with their constituents at a public forum. Where: Fred McKay Centre, St Phillips College When: 6 - 7:30pm, Wednesday 6 August 2008 Stewart Brash (783 ABC Radio) will facilitate the evening calling on the candidates to outline what action they will take on the issues, if elected. This is your opportunity to ask the question 23 06 02 /0 9 NEWS Best wearable outfits on display A gallery of the best and most memorable outfits from the Wearable Arts Competition was launched last Thursday. J9 Stanton with her creation. The collection will be on display at theNationalPioneer Womens Hall Of Fame until October 19. There are six dresses on display, as well as a number of photographs of winning pieces. Wearable Arts has been running since 2002 and this is the first time multiple entries from different years aredisplayed inone location. Artists whose work is displayed include Philomena Hali, Jo Nixon, Kael Murray and J9 Stanton. Julie Fielke of ArtBack NT said: If this gallery is a success, were looking at touring in a few years. We want to get the best entrants and tour in 2010 or 2011. Wearable Arts Coordinator Marion Braun said: We searched for venues for a while before we found the Womens Hall of Fame. Ms Braun said tickets to the Wearable Arts show are still available from Araluen Arts Centre. Nothing stopping Turner Chris Turner wants to break down the barriers relating to Cerebal Palsy. Picture: PIETER NAESSENS Carenda Jenkin ALICE Springs Town Councils solicitor Chris Turner has not allowed cerebral palsy to get in his way when travelling around the world. Mr Turner, who was born with cerebral palsy, has travelled overseas 40 times and has visited more than 50 countries. This week is National Cerebral Palsy Week and MrTurnerwants to break down the barriers relating to the condition. Mr Turner said: Theres a misconception out there in teh way people see me. Im no different. Im just another normal person. Unfortunately we do speak differently and have different physical attributes. For that we tend to get dismissed by people who treat us as second-rate. I get frustrated and angry about this. I want to break down the barriers of CP and to improve peoples understanding. Cerebral palsy is a condition that primarily affects movement. In Australia, a child is born with CP every 18 hours. Firies under the pump FIRE fighters in Alice Springs operate one man down per shift with no immediate back up, a union official has claimed. Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union NT branch sec retary Matthew Gardiner said there were as few as four firefighters on duty. MrGardiner said five rostered staff were needed at all times to man firefighting and emergency vehicles. 2200 on hospital waiting list Christopher OLeary Greatorex MLA Matt Conlan AREPORT into the state of Alice Springs outpatient services reveals glaring deficiencies, the Country Liberals said last night. The report, produced for hospital management in April and obtained by the Centralian Advocate, states thehospital hadan inadequate number of clinic rooms, leading to waiting lists of 1200 for ears nose and throat (ENT) services, and 1000 for orthopeadic operations. Yesterday opposition health spokesman Matt Conlan said the conditions were the fault of the NT Government, who could better manage their health services. But a government spokesperson last night said the review had been taken to identify where improvements could be made. He said thehospitalwill now use the findings to implement better services. Mr Conlan said: Theyve gone from 220 clinic rooms over the past sevenoreightyears to 160 clinic rooms. Now the spin is due to outreach services, and it is good to get patients out of hospital, but were not seeing an increase in these rooms. On Friday the CLP announced itwouldbuild an early learning centre at Larapinta primary school if elected to government. It would be one of five to be built across the Territory, for which the CLP would provide $15 million. In a statement, Mr Mills said a Country Liberal Government would reduce the chronic shortage of childcare places. Centres tourism needs sealed Way Christopher OLeary THE Labor Government must back the Red Centre Way or scrap it all together. Peter Grigg That is the view of Tourism Central Australia chief executive Peter Grigg. But he would prefer the government to support the project. Last week Infrastructure Minister Delia Lawrie said shewas committed to completing the inner loop between Glen Helen and Hermannsburg. But she admitted she would have to consult with industry stakeholders on whether they wanted the entire Red Centre Way to Kings Canyon sealed. But Mr Grigg said: Tourism needs this. A sealed road between Hermannsburg and Watarrka National Park is worth investment. If you build it the tourists will come. And it opens it up to a new market of caravaners who cant go over the unsealed roads. At Cobar in country New South Wales they used to get 12 cars a day when it was unsealed. Now its a link between Queensland and Victoria and they get 700 vehicles a day because it is sealed. Regardless of the final outcome Mr Grigg said the route had to be maintained for international touristswhodo not have sufficient four-wheel driving experience. He said: If its off the governments agenda then it has the responsiblity to maintain the loop for safe driving conditions. Last night a spokesperson could not shed light on the governments commitment to completing the Red Centre Way, and again promoted its desire to finish the inner loop.