The Centralian advocate Fri 3 Mar 2006
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v. 59 no. 82
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Rates hike shock in 'secret' document By CARL HOLM RATES will rise by more than three per cent next financial year, according to a report made public this week by Alice Springs Town Council. CEO Rex Mooney's report recommended that council set rates by nominating a percentage figure over and above the CPI to fund specific council projects in the annual budget. But finance director Ian McLay told last week's finance committee meeting a proposed rates restructure would not involve general rates increases. At Monday's meeting, council voted to release the report from confidential business and make it public. Initially the aldermen looked evenly split, and Rex Mooney Mayor Fran Kilgariff indicated she would use her casting vote to retain the report in confidential. A recount was forced and the report made public. Also moved from confidential to public was a report by Mr McLay into differential rates modelling - a method of calculating how much ratepayers will pay. The two rates-related reports were the subject of heated debate at last week's meeting. AId Murray Stewart said: "This resolution to raise rates was done in secret. The public had no say in that decision at all. This is institutionalised laziness, relying on ratepayers to raise revenue." AId Stewart said council needed to be more creative in the way it raised revenue. He suggested partnerships with business, corporate sponsorships of sports facilities and council-owned investment properties in the CBD. Council is considering four ratings options: ~wo offer simplified differential rates models, one is based entirely on unimproved capital value of land, while the fourth leaves the current structure unchanged. Mr Mooney said there was no link between the proposed rate rise and the civic centre redevelopment. , CHAI\'IBER OF CO'I\'IMERC:E N~RTIIERN TERRITOR'" ' , . . .. . " . .. "Apprentices - who'd have one?" We invite you to attend a focus group discussing 'Apprellticeships & Business Needs' Please join us to discuss Apprenticeships, VET, Community Perceptions and Business Issues Date: Thursday 9 March Venue: Alice Springs Resort, 34 Stott Terrace Ti~e: 6.00pm . Light refreshments included RSVP: Monday 6 March Ph: 8952 4377 Email aliccCwchambcrnt.com.au .~ Alice Springs I'.ii,I, _i.'1,48'+' Council has approved exhibition of a draU,::r.;9!U)1I15:'~-UIILllu the Planning Act 1999, and invites subm The draft Plan applies to two policy areas development of open surface level car investigation of multi-I~vel parking in ap The draft Plan and" reference documents;: tg}~\1IUable alicesprings.nt.gov.au or atthe Civic Centre d Technical Services, Eric Peterson on 89500500. 4 - Centralian Advocate, Friday, March 3, 2006 Trainee guard Peter Annand shows off some of the skills he has learned to get the Old Ghan running again. Picture: EHLOE ERLICH Old Ghan on track again By LEE STEHBENS TRAINEE guard and train buff Peter Annand hopes more people will become hooked on trains this weekend. The Old Ghan Preservation Society is running its first train for the year on Sunday. The last train to run on the track was in August last year. That trip was the first'infour years. OGPS vice-president Chris Vaughan said the train would run regularly each Sunday after this weekend. But people will not be able to ride the Old Ghan steam train until later this year because it still needs some work done before it is ready to use. But Mr Vaughan hopes the steam train will be running by mid to late 2006. The OGPS is also working to restore an NSU diesel electric train that will carry passengers on the 7.5km track in the future. Mr Vaughan said: "In true Ghan style it's all about the experience and not the punctuality. "Our volunteers have put in a mammoth effort over the past 12 months and we need Alice Springs to run with it as a community." People must be at the Norris Bell Avenue station at 10.30am for an Ham train ride. Alice not on Jetstar route yet BUDGET airline Jetstar yesterday ruled out an Alice Springs service for at least the next 12 months. PLAN Jetstar announced it would begin Darwin flights from Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane in its first foray into the Territory. But spokesman Simon Westaway said the airline would focus on its Darwin and international services. Mr Westaway said: "Alice Springs is not off the agenda, but in the short to medium term we won't be considering operations into Alice. "We will have some internal discussions in the next few months but I don't want to raise expectations." Chief Minister Clare Martin said she had lobbied J etstar to fly to Alice Springs, but not at the expense of existing Qantas flights. '. ." .,' I.., J' ",. ' I " \.f , " : " j" ~I I .. -. , . /. , , ~ " "\ ' !
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