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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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10 NT NEWS. Tuesday, May 3, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Library renovations begin KARAMA Library will be temporarily closed from tomorrow until June 8 for renovations. Borrowed items can be returned to Casuarina, City or Nightcliff libraries. Call 8930 0200 for more information. Nobudget surprises Budgets used to be secret until themoment theTreasurer stoodup to speak in the LegislativeAssembly. EDITORIAL:P12 Thisweekend: OpenGarden THE Open Garden Scheme moves to the Tropiculture at 110 Horne Rd, Bees Creek, this weekend. It will be open to the public from 10am-4.30pm. Admission is $10. Call 8932 9922 or www.opengarden.org.au BRIEFLY $7.5MEXTENSION THE Territory Governmentwill spendmore than $7.5million extending RoystoneaAve in Palmerston. The roadwill be extended fromLambrick Ave to Buscall Ave. The upgrade will be done byAllan King and SonsConstruction. COSTLY ID SYSTEM THEbanned drinkers registration system inDarwin will cost taxpayersmore than $190,000. The systemwas developed by Simient. It will require drinkers to provide photo ID for any alcohol purchase from July 1. Warnings over late cash-for-cans start By SARAH CRAWFORD Karl Hampton A TERRITORY Government minister has warned the beverage industry it needs to get cracking on implementing a cash-for-containers scheme. Environment Minister Karl Hampton said the industry was legally obliged to organise key components of the scheme, which will see Territory consumers paid 10 cents for every recyclable drink container they return. Mr Hampton was responding to warnings from the beverage industry that there was no way the cash for-cans scheme would be ready to be rolled out by the end of the year. Australian Food and Grocery Council head Kate Carnell said it would be virtually impossible to set up collection depots, recycl ing options and label changes in that time. Ms Carnell said the container deposit legislation would require a large number of repositories with secure storage to stop pilfering and a pick-up system put in place across the Territory that included remote communities. But Mr Hampton was unmoved by the beverage industrys concerns. Under the container deposit legislation, the beverage industry has a central responsibility to organise key components of the scheme, Mr Hampton said. This includes establishing the materials coordinator which will broker the flow of containers and deposits between beverage companies, collection depots and the community. We expect clear, demonstrable progress on the part of the beverage industry in fulfilling its legal obligations, he said. The cash-for-cans scheme was passed in the Legislative Assembly in February. It will come into effect at the end of the year. Mr Hampton said he met with beverage industry representatives recently in Sydney and they had agreed to come back to him at the end of the month with further details on how they would implement the scheme. Feeling the pinch Backpackers Michael Ronayne (left), 23, from Ireland, and Sharon Cats, 31, from Amsterdam, are among the many who are affected by the strong Aussie dollar as they travel in Australia Picture: REGI VARGHESE Strong dollar hurts tourism By DAMIEN McCARTNEY THERE will be fewer beautiful backpackers in bikinis on Territory streets this Dry as they feel the pinch of the strengthening Aussie dollar. The NT Chamber of Commerce yesterday said the high Aussie dollar could result in a shorter and smaller backpacker season. On Sunday night the Australian dollar reached a high of 110.2 US cents the highest it has been since it was floated in December 1983. NT Chamber of Commerce chief executive Chris Young said the higher Australian dollar will have a significant effect on tourism. Its going to have quite an impact on our backpacker season because, for overseas visitors coming to the Territory, it is going to be much more expensive for them and as a result they are not going to be able to stay here for as long, Mr Young said. From an international competitors point of view, the higher Aussie dollar means that Australians selling overseas, our products are more expensive. But our buying power means that imports tend to be coming down in price. Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said Australia is competing for tourists with AsiaPacific destinations. Australia is competing with Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand . . . the bar keeps rising and its really important in terms of customer service, he said. Ciaran Cross, 24, from Dublin, said Darwin was more expensive than southern cities. I came here from Melbourne about six months ago, and everything is so expensive here, he said. I met a mate in Brisbane, and he came to Australia about seven months ago with $7000 hes only got about $200 left. And hes been working too. Mr Cross said he must make his money last for the next four years when he will decide whether to stay in Australia or go home. I saved 14,000 euros to come over here and Ive got about $8000 left, he said. And Ive been working hard too two days after I got to the Territory I had work, just as a labourer but its still really expensive. But wages are still much better here than they are at home. How the soaring Australian dollar affects you SHOPPING: Cheaper imported goods Amore valuable dollar is making it cheaper for retailers to import things from overseas. They can pass on these savings to shoppers. INTERESTRATES: Likely to ease pressure The high dollar is likely to restrict the Re serve Bank (RBA) to only one interest rate rise this year. This means less pressure on the household budgets because it will minimise increases inmortgage repayments. TRAVEL: Cheaper airfares, more spending power As Aussies can now buy more with their money overseas, they are also going to becomemore likely to travel abroad to do so. And as the demand for flights rises, airfareswill also become cheaper. PETROLPRICES: A buffer against oil prices Petrol prices have been rising - up almost 9 per cent in the latest inflation figures - but the dazzling Australian dollar is acting as a buffer, shielding motorists from even higher fuel costs Mr Young said Territorians could be paying as much as 15c per litre more if it werent for the strongAussie Dollar.