The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Nov 2006
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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, November 28, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 28-N O V -2006 PA G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Tree trimming will be taking place in the next few weeks in the following areas: Alice Springs township and rural areas. Power and Water contractors, Vegetation Solutions, will be trimming trees along the High Voltage network to allow clearances from powerlines, ensuring a safe and reliable power supply. Follow up trims will be conducted after the High Voltage network has been cleared of dangerous vegetation. Trees will be trimmed by trained tree workers who will allow for future growth and aesthetics. For enquiries, contact Vegetation Solutionson 1300 834 765. Tree trimming in your area. CENTRALIAN SENIOR SECONDARY COLLEGE Centralian Senior Secondary College invites Parents/Guardians & Students to our Presentation Evening Thursday 30th November 6.00pm at the College Theatrette Help us to celebrate the achievements of our school and students work Light supper provided For further information call 8959 5500 3222 02 /0 7 Highway upgrade begins WORK upgrading sections of the Tanami Highway, as part of a $3m package, has begun. Gilbert Earthmoving Pty Ltd has started work on a $640,000 repair contract to upgrade the highway by pavement lifting and re-gravelling. This comes after more than $2m has been spent on flood damage repairs and general maintenance. Work will commence shortly on a $260,000 contract to re-seal a section of the highway. Curfew closer despite youth workers plea By REBECCA LOLLBACK A YOUTH curfew proposal has been supported by a majority of Alice Springs Town Council aldermen. This is despite opposition from youth workers. Gap Youth Centre director Ann Tregea said the curfew was narrow-minded. She said: I met with Fran (Kilgariff) during the week, and although she indicated that it was not her wish, its likely that the majority of aldermen will push it through. I will now be canvassing the Minister, Delia Lawrie, and also my contacts at the Chamber of Commerce. Im very disappointed that aldermen have put so little ef fort into consulting with the youth services in Alice Springs. Alice Springs After Hours Youth Drop In Centre director Tony Corcoran said the centres committee had decided they would not support the implementation of the Night Time Youth Strategy. He said: We will not be supporting this strategy. Mr Corcoran presented the centres response to Councils motion at last nights meeting. The strategywould seeunsupervised youths taken off the streets between 10pm and 5am. It would require significant funding and support from the NT Government. But Family and Community ServicesMinisterDelia Lawries spokeswoman Nikola Lekias said the minister was still op posed to the idea of a youth curfew. She said: The minister stands byher comments, andwe still have not received any communication from the Alice Springs Town Council. Aldermen Robyn Lambley, Geoff Bell, Murray Stewart, David Koch, Samih Habib and Marguerite Baptiste-Rooke said before the meeting they would support a motion to write to the NT Government requesting the implementation of the Night Time Youth Strategy. Melanie van Haaren also sup ported the move while Jane Clark and Mayor Fran Kilgariff opposed it. They linked up to themeeting by phone but Meredith Campbell and Ald Baptiste-Rooke were unable to attend. Call for criminals to serve full penalties By NICK CALACOURAS A BILL to restrict courts from issuing suspended sentences was expected to be introduced in parliament by the NT Opposition today. Opposition leader Jodeen Carney said: People dont want to see convicted criminals walking out of the front door of courts once their sentences have been fully suspended. The community expects that sentences of imprisonment for serious offences will actually be served. Two weeks ago, an Alice Springs father was given a three-year suspended sentence after beating his sixyear-old son forwetting the bed. The childs injuries included a fractured rib, fracturedpelvis and a haematoma. Ms Carney insisted that this case was not the cause for her Bill, but said that it provided a good example. She said: Under our proposal, that man would not be invited to leave the court through the front door. Ms Carney said that the NT Government should build another jail to prevent further prison overcrowding. The opposition leader challenged the government to supportherBill if it was tough on crime. Attorney-General Syd Stirling said that the NT Government could not comment on MsCarneys Bill until it was seen in parliament. He said: However, it is laughable to suggest that the CLP Opposition is tough on crime. While Jodeen Carney is focused on changes in the courts, the Martin Labor Government is committed to stopping crime. Independentmember for Braitling, Loraine Braham, also raised concerns about suspended sentenceswhen the judgement was handed down. She said: Why are the rights of the child not raised and protected. Ms Braham proposed the creation of a Sentencing Advisory Council to advise the Attorney-General on sentencing issues. This proposal was rejected by Mr Stirling. He said: The focus of the Martin Government is on preventing crime and puttingmore police on the streets. We expect judges to do their job when sentencing offenders, while its our job to stop crime before it happens. Lecturer Mark Gooley with chairs made by CDU student Janet Haun that will be part of the exhibition tomorrow night. Picture: ANGIE BASDEKIS Showing talent By REBECCA LOLLBACK WELDING, carpentry and metalwork students will showcase their talents at Charles Darwin Universitys Alice Springs campus tomorrow night. Lecturer Mark Gooley said more than 100 items would be on display as part of an exhibition. He said: Our students are always keen to find out the achievements of others and the exhibition is always an enjoyable social event. Students really like our evening courses because they get to do their own thing. Its really amazing what they have come up with. Mr Gooley said the classes were attended by a diverse cross-section of the community, including nurses, engineers, teachers and artists. About 70 students aged between 17 and 70 years will exhibit their creations tomorrow night. The event starts at 6pm and will be open to the public. For more information about the exhibition or to enrol in any upcoming courses, phone Charles Darwin University on 8959 5277.
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