The Centralian advocate Tue 23 May 2006
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6 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 23-M A Y -2006 PA G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Rains relief for our stations By GAVIN KING ALICE Springs woke to the sound of rain on the rooftops yesterday in the first showers of the month. An extensive cloud band across the east of the regionwas expected to provide some relief to cattle stations today. The town had 5mmof rain up to 9am yesterday but clear skies were tipped for the rest of the week. Weather bureau forecaster Ross Evans said yesterday: Theres quite an extensive middle level cloud band that stretches across the eastern half of the Alice Springs district, almost as far as Tennant Creek. Showers There are some light showers and rain being produced in that cloud band but it should clear up over the next day or so. Up to 9am, 8mm of rain fell at Yuendumu, 5mm at Alice Springs, 1mm at Papunya and 2mm at Glen Helen. It should certainly help all the pastoralists in the northeastern corner. New roundabout sparks controversy By AURORA DANIELS Roadworks ... Town Council program development manager Paul Barreau with plans for the roundabout at the intersection of Smith Street and Whittaker Street. Picture: CHLOE ERLICH WORK begins tomorrow on a controversial roundabout in the Alice Springs industrial area. Town Council program development manager Paul Barreau said the Whittaker Street and Smith Street intersection was dangerous. He said: Road trains take up both sides of the road trying to turn the corner. The Council has received Federal and state funding toput the $500,000 roundabout at the corner. But Cody Savage from Rock City Music on Smith Street said the intersection should be left and a roundabout was unnecessary. He said: We havent had any accidents, only nudges, in the three years Ive been here. People just need to drive safely. David Marriott of Marriotts Pool Shop agreed. He said: They dont seem to have any trouble getting a triple around the corner. If it aint broke, dont fix it. But other nearby businesses, including GGS Glass and Aluminium, are in favour of a roundabout. GGS owner Tony Pinto said: I see trucks every day struggling to get around there with five to six cars waiting. Theres not enough room for three trailers to get around and they drive on the kerbs and over the centre island. It should have been done years ago. Council will remove the unused railway line alongWhittaker Street and install traffic islands at the Ghan Road intersection. Mr Barreau said: The traffic islandswill stop people driving straight through from Whittaker to Ghan, forcing them to turn right and then left, slowing them down. Its quite scary if youre coming the other way and are confronted with a truck on your side of the road.