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Alice Springs news

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Alice Springs news; NewspaperNT

Date

2008-07-24

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English

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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

Publisher name

Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs

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v. 15 issue 25

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

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Erwin Chlanda

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/232757

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/661377

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Public service blossoms but business is stagnant T o u r i s t s m a y b e p u z z l e d b y g r o g a n d p o r n o s i g n s F R O M P A G E 1. fo l lowing a request f rom the N T to the Federal G o v ernment. T h e l iquor prohibit ion w o u l d be in line w i th cur rent C o m m o n w e a l t h meas ures to control alcohol and pornography on Abor ig ina l land, under the N T E m e r gency Response A c t . T h e r e are a l r e a d y a number o f these blue signs, in the West .Macs , on L a r a pinta and Namatj ira D r i v e s , near some o f T h e Centre 's pr ime tourist attractions. T h e signs say people m a y be fined m o r e than $1100 (first of fence, $2200 for the second) w h o "br ing , possess, consume, supply, sell or control 1 iq uor beyond this point wi thout a l iquor permit or l icence". O n e sign is on the road to G l e n H e l e n , between the turn-offs to Ormis ton G o r g e and E l l e r y B ighole . Head o f the N T Parks Serv ice i a T h e Centre , A n d rew Br idges , says it ap pears these signs relate to three areas w i t h i n the park that are already A b o r i g i nal land. H e says it is not yet clear what w i l l happen about l iquor contro l , nor where A b o r i g i n a l l i v ing areas w i l l be set up. M r Br idges says there are provis ions fo r l iv ing ar eas i n the parks deal between the N T G o v e r n m e n t and the Central L a n d C o u n c i l , but these w i l l be considered w h e n parks management plans are d r a w n up. T h e signs say: "It is not an offence to direct ly trans port unopened liquor though a Prescribed A r e a provided y o u can clearly demonstrate y o u r destination is outside the Prescribed A r e a " . H o w e v e r , there are no signs indicating where these Prescri bed Areas end - leav ing park visi tors uncertain about where they are al lowed to "crack a coldie". M r Br idges says N T Parks and W i l d l i f e M in is ter L e n K i e l y has writ ten to C o m m o n w e a l t h Min is ter for Indigenous A f f a i r s , Jenny M a c k l i n , asking for the parks to be exempted f r o m the l iquor bans. Nei ther M r K i e l y nor M s Mack l in responded to requests for comment. M r G r i g g says T o u r ism Central Austra l ia "has questioned the boldness of the word ing and in some cases, the p lacement o f these signs and feel that the N O A L C O H O L / N O P O R N O G R A P H Y w o r d ing, although appropriate, could leave some t rave l lers a little bewi ldered as to what type of region they are entering. " T o u r i s m Central A u s tral ia f u l l y supports the n u m b e r o f in i t ia t ives to stop alcohol and pornog raphy and is w o r k i n g w i th the appropriate agencies to ensure the right information is available for where and w h e n y o u can, and cannot consume an alcoholic drink whi lst y o u are en joy ing the spectacularCentral Aust ra l ian reg ion . " R i n g i n g the 1800 number on the signs - "24 hours / 7 days" - isn't any help. T h e A l i c e N e w s rang on M o n d a y , and this is the ensuing exchange. A n s w e r i n g m a c h i n e : " Y o u w i l l be transferred to a customer service off icer." Music for three minutes and t w o seconds. " H e l l o , this is N i k k i . H o w may I help y o u ? " " I ' m m a k i n g enqui r ies about the blue l iquor and pornography signs on roads in the national parks. A r e y o u familiar w i th these signs?" " N o . I am in a call centre in N S W . I w o n d e r i f I should put y o u through to y o u r local Centrel ink off ice?" " I a m i n A l i c e Spr ings." Music for three minutes and 19 seconds, after w h i c h N i k k i explains Centrel ink isn't the right authori ty , but someone w o u l d call me. A b o u t half an hour lat er F iona Harr is , f r o m the emergency response team in D a r w i n , r ings. H o w m a n y signs are there in the 13 national parks in the Centre? H o w come they mark the beginning and not the end o f Abor ig ina l areas? W i l l all parks be de clared dry w h e n they are transferred to A b o r i g i n a l ownership? She' l l let us k n o w , M s Harr is says. She hadn't before dead line o f this edit ion, "some 20 hours after her f i rst contact. A l i c e S p r i n g s PUBLIC MEETING Alice Springs Town Council invites residents to attend a public meet ing on Thursday 31st July at 6 .00pm in the Andy McNeil l Room, at the Civic Centre on Todd St. T h e purpose of the meet ing is to d iscuss the resident ia l BMX track in M a y n a r d Park, s i tuated on the corner of Head St and Lackman Tee. T h e A S T C is p r o p o s i n g to demol ish the ex is t ing track due to unsafe cond i t ions , and instal l a di f ferent s ty le of track. For more in fo rmat ion contact D i rector Techn ica l Serv ices G r e g B u x t o n on 08 8950 0517 R e x M o o n e y Chie f E x e c u t r :. Phone: (08)8950 0500 Email:astc@astc.nt.gov.au Web:www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au... F R O M P A G E 1. administration (not includ ing the health and educa tion sectors) heads the list o f the t o w n ' s top seven " indust r ies" , contr ibut ing $ 143.2m to the gross re gional product ( G R P ) o f $ 1478m, rough ly 10%. T h e top seven all up contribute 52%. T o u r i s m , p o p u l a r l y thought o f as the t o w n ' s top industry, is not report ed on as an industry at all. Bus inesses opera t ing in that sphere are allocated into a range o f categories, w i t h accommodat ion and food services the most ob vious one. I t 's put at e lev enth spot in terms o f G R P ($66.03m) It is the fifth largest employer but showing no signs o f g r o w t h , w i t h 1060 jobs in 1996; 1178 in 2001; 1005 in 2006. It is in the public sec tor that e m p l o y m e n t is g r o w i n g , w h i l e most other sectors are stagnating or in decline. E m p l o y m e n t in "public administration and safety" went f r o m 1343 in the 1996 Census, to 1634 in 2001, then to 1975 in 2006 - an increase o f 632 jobs in 10 years. T h e profile was intend ed to be a " starting point fo r d iscuss ions b e t w e e n the c o m m u n i t y and the government about the fu ture development o f A l i c e Spr ings". A business survey was conducted last N o v e m b e r , w i t h 380 businesses out o f the 600. targeted tak ing part. T h e r e w a s a lso s i x months ' wor th of data co l lation, sourced main ly f rom the Austra l ian Bureau of Statistics and the Austra l ian T a x Of f ice , and analysis. T h e w o r k revealed that also in the top seven " indus tries" and separate to " g o v ernment administration" are t w o m o r e public serv ice heavywe igh ts , health and c o m m u n i t y serv ices , and education. Health is in the number three spot , c o n t r i b u t i n g $ 120.79m to G R P , wh i le education, is in the number s i x s p o t , c o n t r i b u t i n g $85.72m. "Heal th care and social assistance" is the number t w o employer but jobs in the ' sector have stagnated: 1630 in 1996,1645 in 2001, and 1638 in 2006. Educat ion is the fourth largest employer , and has e x p e r i e n c e d s o m e j o b s g r o w t h : 1026 in 1996, 1208 in 2001, 1236 in 2006 - an increase o f 210 in 10 years. A l m o s t all other e m ployment areas show de creases between 1996 and 2006, w i th the except ion of "professional, scientific and technical serv ices" , wh ich went f r o m 744 in 1996, d o w n .to 609 in 2001, then up to 872 in 2006. T h e r e t a i l t rade is ninth in terms o f its G R P ($71.94m) and the th i rd largest employer , but stag nating in terms o f jobs : 1370 in 1996, up to 1454 in 2001, but back d o w n to 1367 in 2006. T h e number t w o indus try is property and business services, w i th 444businesses contributing $132.35m to the G R P ; number four is construction ($ 120.59m, 378 businesses); number five is mining ($91.27m); number seven is manufac turing ($78.04m, 60 busi nesses). S E R V I C E S T h e p r o f i l e c o u n t e d 1821 businesses i n . ' A l i c e Springs, w i th 1071 (58%) of these non-employ ing . These aren't all subbies in the building trade, w i th a ute and a mobi le phone. T h e top f i v e include personal and othersefviceSi retail, transport and storage, finance and insurance, as w e l l as construct ion. A n o t h e r 4 1 4 ( 2 3 % ) a r e micro businesses, w i th one to five employees. T h e r e are 267 smal l businesses ( f ive to 20 em ployees) , making up 15% of total; 66 medium businesses (20 to 200 employees) , 4% of total; and just three large businesses, w i t h more than 200 employees. T h e . r e t a i l t rade has many more miero.businesses than any other sector, f o l lowed b y accommodat ion and food services. T h e spread for small businesses is similar, w i t h construction also anotable presence. T h e r e ' is m o r e o f a spread across sectors for medium businesses, though retail is still ahead. O v e r a l l , 69% o f busi nesses surveyed were lo cal ly o w n e d ; 7% were I n digenous; 60% had been operat ing fo r m o r e than 10 years. - . T w o main categories o f turn-over were identified: 24% turned over between $1000 and $250,000; and another 24% turned over between $2m and $20m. F r o m N o v e m b e r 2006 to N o v e m b e r 2007, 61% of businesses reported an increase in , value o f -sales and in the size o f their w o r k force; 44 per cent increased their profitabil ity. A n d for 2008, the survey . found that 74% expect ed an increase in the value o f sales; 57% an increase in the size of their w o r k f o r c e ; 61%-an increase in profit abil i ty. Employers value Guides' training Grumbles about grants F R O M P A G E 9. about g i r l y secrets w i t h Ihe b o y s a r o u n d , " said C o n n o r . " Y o u can o p e n yourse l f up lo the other girls and they can understand," said Shelby. M r s R ide said exper i ence w i th G i r l Guides helps girls get w o r k . " E m p l o y e r s often re cruit girls w h o have been in guiding because of the skills they have learned. " F o r e x a m p l e , the Q u e e n ' s G u i l d A w a r d that takes several years to achieve, is impress ive lo business people because they understand i f a y o u n g gir l can achieve this, then they are w o r t h h i r i n g , " she said. W i t h the technological revolut ion changing Ihe in terests of young gir ls , t w o computers have been made available at the Guide hall . Shelby and C o n n o r said they agree that technology is having a strong influence on their l ives but they w o u l d still prefer G i r l Guides over Facebook. " W e l l , I 'd go to G i r l s Guides and then g o on Fa cebook and tell e v e r y o n e about it!" C o n n o r said. " J o i n , it's so much fun! E v e n if y o u don' t become a leader y o u can still heip out and volunteer ," Shelby said. [ L a u r a P a c k h a m is a t h i r d y e a r j o u r n a l i s m student d o i n g w o r k e x p e r ience at the A l i c e S p r i n g s N e w s . l F R O M P A G E 5. over cheques. Labor spent four and a half times its allocation; the C L P on ly one and a half t imes. T h e other question y o u might ask yourse l f is w h y , year after year , the N T gets "disabi l i ty" funding whi le tilings obv ious ly aren't get ting any better. To ta l per capita expend iture f r o m grants in N S W in 2002/03 was $4810. In the T e r r i t o r y it was almost three times that, $12,089. T h e T e r r i t o r y consist ently fails to spend the vast amounts o f money on fixing the "disabil i t ies" for w h i c h it gets the extra cash. T h e w inner , year after year, is our massive public se rv ice : " G e n e r a l Publ ic Serv ices" in the N T cost $1107 per head o f popu lation. T h a t ' s six and a half times as much as in N S W ($169). _ E v e n the N T Counc i l of Social Serv ice - hardly a right w i n g think tank - is calling on the government to m o v e beyond the plentiful rev iews and enquiries and actually do something. O n e wonders what L a bor, w h i c h pr ior to the 2001 shouted f r o m the rooftops " w e are ready for g o v e r n ment", was doing during a quarter of a century in op posit ion. I f they had any idea o f what was going o n , w h y the need for the countless reports and enquiries? A s - t h e disabilities c o n tinue a lot o f Terr i tor ians are left in pain. Andouradministra l ions w i l l continue lo Be the butt o f jokes around the nation. Labor or C L P . E n d o f story: T h e more things change, the more they slay the same. Contracted to provide free hearing services to eligible clients of the Australian Government Hearing Services Program (conditions apply) Private Clients & Self Funded Retirees are our Specialty. 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