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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 9 issue 26

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takes time," says Mr Liddle. Dr Toyne says progress is also being made on getting an overall framework in place for a native title agreement, that is, establishing the content and the sequence of future negotiations. CULTURE He says flood mitigation is something that the government wants on the agenda, while Lhere Artepe have their own priorities, such as the maintenance and protection of their culture. He says there will be negotiations with Lhere Artepe about other localities in town, including Mt John's Valley. RATES UP 2.4% BUT BIG CUT FOR TODD MALL. Report by EMMA KING. A rate rise of 2.4 per cent has been approved by the Alice Spring Town Council. The rise excludes Todd Mall rates, which have been reduced by 50 per cent. Only Alderman Samih Habib opposed the rate rise, saying that funds carried over from last year, and unfinished works made the rate rise unnecessary. "There was a cash surplus of $808,000 but when we found out how much money we had, around $500,000 of that was allocated for works before the end oAf the financial year," says Ald Habib. He also claimed that a large amount of money was carried over for unfinished works. "How can we put up rates when there is so much money carried over?" asks Ald Habib. "There is so much money allowed for jobs and the jobs are not then done. "I think management need to pull their socks up a bit." However, Mayor Fran Kilgariff says Ald Habib "has got the figures wrong in this instance". "The budget surplus is around $300,000 and has arisen from a number of things, for example, money was saved on salaries, projects which came in under budget and extra grants which were not expected. "The 2.4 per cent rate rise is the lowest in the Territory and the budget includes a lot of new initiatives. "I think it is a very reasonable rise and we have had no community backlash or comment people seem to be happy with it." The new budget states that there is a cash surplus of $350 000 and $722 000 in works not yet completed. According to the council business plan, works in progress are expected to be mostly completed in the first quarter of the new financial year. They include work at Traeger Park, Kurrajong Park, verge landscaping, shade construction and public toilets. Mayor Kilgariff said that while their aim is always to complete works before the end of the financial year, a number of factors can prevent this, including the weather, supply of materials and grants not coming through when expected. The 2002/03 budget has a number of new initiatives, including: information kits for new residents; new programs for young people; school holiday programs; investigating the installation of security cameras in the Mall; improving management of the council's art collection; initiatives to improve community compliance with NT Government laws and Council by-laws through education and increased patrols; painting Wills Terrace Bridge; park development; and the extension of the Environment Officer's position from part to full-time. A full copy of the 2002/2003 business plan is available at the council offices.

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