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v. 8 issue 22
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mall will be upgraded, with $30,000 being spent this year, for stage one of the project. An additional $18,500 (half from the NT Safe initiative) will be spent on lighting in Snow Kenna Reserve. A more festive Christmas atmosphere will be achieved with new decorations at a cost of $40,000.A Commonwealth "Roads to Recovery" grant of $600,000 will allow upgrading of the streetscape and landscape along the river at the northern end of Leichhardt Terrace.Another Commonwealth grant of $600,000 will allow restoration and upgrading of Town Camp roads under an agreement with Tangentyere Council. This grant "will result in significant employment and training opportunities", said Ald Koch.Long-awaited shade structures in parks get an allocation of $130,000 this year, with new shade designs being trialled at Frank McEllister Park and then extended to other parks.Council will spend almost $540,000 on maintaining parks and reserves, and almost $430,000 on the town sporting ovals and facilities.Said Ald Koch: "We are also assisting community groups who have developed a strong association with their neighbourhood parks. "This is happening at the Kurrajong and Gosse Street Parks which have also received grants from the NT Government. "Some preparatory work has already commenced at Kurrajong Park and an additional $80,000 will be spent on these parks in the next year." Council is continuing to work with the NT Government and the YMCA on the development of the new skate park next to the Swimming Centre, with $15,000 committed to the design phase of the project. Other initiatives include: a $75,000 overhaul of the council's phone system, and a customer service development program to improve staff responsiveness to community needs. investing $25,000 in a joint project to plan future tourist investment and business development in the region. Other partners are the CSIRO, NT Government and the Central Australian Tourism Industry Association. an additional $30,000 for running the library service; new disability access toilets in the library costing $35,000; and upgraded copying facilities ($22,000). a $65,000 increase in funding for footpaths and cycle tracks (total allocation $270,000). In addition, some footpaths in new areas, particularly in the golfcourse area, will have their footpaths completed using funds from developer contributions. new toilets will be built in Leichhardt Terrace and in Stuart Park near the Flying Doctor Base at a cost of $46,000. While rates will go up, waste management charges for all residential ratepayers will be reduced. Urban ratepayers' charge will drop from $128 to $115, while rural ratepayers, up till now paying $68, will be charged $40. Rural residents will continue to make their own arrangements for removing rubbish. While some were in favour of council introducing a rural wheelie bin service, the majority was opposed."We have respected their wishes," said Ald Koch.The charge for commercial operators dumping uncontaminated green waste will drop from $40 per ton to $20, while residents will continue to be able to dispose of up to a trailer load at a time for free. Council has won a Commonwealth grant of $313,000 to establish an organic waste processing plant. This will enable both residential and commercial green waste to be recycled. BUSH FUNDS BRAWL GOES ON! Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. The controversy over the purchase by an Aboriginal community of a restaurant in Alice Springs, and its subsequent sale at a huge loss, has raised doubts about the control the NT Government has over the spending of its grant money. Local Government Minister Richard Lim says the restaurant, the former Dingo's in Gap Road, was bought by the Willowra community "against the advice, without the knowledge, and without the consent of the Department of Local Government (DLG). "The action of Willowra Community Inc was, we believe, in breach of the Act. "The organisation is, however, a body incorporated pursuant to the Associations Incorporation Act rather than the Local Government Act. "Enforcement of this accountability is considerably more difficult under the associations acts. "There is no prosecution as such available. "Rather there is the capacity for the issue of directions [and] if the organisation fails to follow [them], this can lead to dismissal." Dr Lim says 15 of Central Australia's 20 councils are set up under the NT or the Federal associations incorporation acts. Last week he cut off funding to the Willowra local government, withdrew its status, and appointed the Anmatjere Community Government Council, based in nearby Ti Tree, "to provide services to Willowra on a temporary basis". This sparked strong protest from Willowra councillor Fred Williams and deputy chairman Clarke Martin who said Dr Lim's actions and comments had made people of Willowra "distressed". They said they would rather be looked after by the Yuendumu council, consisting mainly of fellow Warlpiris, and ultimately amalgamate with that council. Mr Williams and Mr Martin said they would refuse entry permits to Anmatjere personnel as well as to a Department of Local Government officer, Laurie Rivers.They also refused to dismiss their clerk, Alan Riley. Mr Williams and Mr Martin say housing at Willowra is now so poor that several people, including two survivors of the Coniston Massacre in the 1920s, have moved into humpies in the creek. Mr Williams says he was a council member when the decisions about Dingo's were made but he was absent from meetings discussing the issue. Dr Lim wrote to the council saying Mr Riley should hand over his house in the community for use by Anmatjere workers. Dr Lim said the decision to stop funding Willowra was forced on DLG because of the council's "ongoing
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