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The Centralian advocate Tue 1 Jul 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 1 Jul 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 11

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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 -J U L -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K The Northern Territory Government is developing a climate change policy for the NT to build on the 2006 Strategy for Greenhouse Action. The climate change policy will be a critical way forward in maximising opportunities for the Northern Territory as we face the global issue of climate change. You are invited to comment on the Discussion Paper on NT Climate Change Issues. Your feedback will shape how the Territory positions itself in response to the opportunities and challenges of climate change. The Discussion Paper is available at: www.climatechange.nt.gov.au Printed copies are available by phoning the Climate Change Policy and Coordination Unit on freecall 1 800 244 763 or email climatechange.dcm@nt.gov.au. Submissions close on Friday 4 July 2008. What does climate change in the Northern Territory mean to you? NEWS Fireworks fine if safety rules Rose Coppock Mick Dewar Lee Matthews Lee Steen Patrick Ward Janet Hemsley Sala Lotawa Kevin Litzman But spare a thought for our tots and pets Rebecca Lollback FIREWORKS will be a major part of Territory Day celebrations tonight, but debate has raged about whether they should be made illegal. Some Centralians have called for stricter controls. Others say crackers are wonderful. Gillen resident Rose Coppock said fireworks should definitely be banned. She said: I cant get to sleep until 2am. The noise also upsets my cats they hate it. Lee Steen, who lives on Gap Road, said she had no problem with fireworks. But she said: People do have to use their brains when theyre letting them off. Fireworks shouldnt be set off too late at night. It wakes up the kids. Lee Matthews said crackers would be better off in a controlled environment. He said: It would be a much better display and it wouldnt scare as many dogs. Patrick Ward agreed: I think we should have controlled displays. There needs to be very strict supervision people can lose eyes and hands. People off the street should not be allowed to just go and buy fireworks. I feel pretty strongly about it. But Sala Lotawa said she didnt mind people having access to fireworks. She said: As long as they do it in their own backyard and theyre not hurting anyone, then I really dont care. Kevin Litzman, of Eastside said big community displays would be a better option in Alice Springs. He said: We used to let fireworks off when we were kids. But we dont buy them now. There are enough going off around the place. Mick Dewar, who lives in Braitling, said he was a bit on the fence. He said: My two-year-old son already loves fireworks. He gets really excited about them. But they can be dangerous. I dont think fireworks should be banned altogether maybe there could be a few supervised locations around town. Gillen resident Janet Hemsley encouraged people to be more responsible. She said: I dont think people should be allowed to save them up for the rest of the year. But I grew up with fireworks and so did my kids, and we had a wonderful time. Bob Plasto honoured with award Kate Fantinel THE NT Film Office has offered the Territorys first Screen Fellowship in honour of the late awardwinning filmmaker Bob Plasto. Arts Minister Marion Scrymgour announced the $20,000 Bob Plasto Screen Fellowship last week. Ms Scrymgour said: Bob loved the Territory and thought Territorians particularly indigenous Territorians should be bringing more of our stories to the screen, as writers, and directors and producers. Launched by Stuart MLA Karl Hampton, the fellowship will support budding Territorian filmmakers. Mr Hampton said: Bob Plasto was a respected journalist and filmmaker who made more than 75 films in 35 years. He won several international awards in recognition of his fine documentary making and was always interested in pursuing issues of human rights. Mr Plasto started his career as a cadet journalist at the ABC in Darwin before moving to Melbourne to work as a radio and television journalist. After leaving the ABC in 1980 he started his own film production company making internationally acclaimed documentaries. Mr Plasto, who died in December last year, made 20 films about the Northern Territory, including A Town Like Alice in 1996 and My Country in 1994. He died after spending five days in intensive care at the Royal Darwin Hopsital, aged 57. Applications for the Fellowship close in September.