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The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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8 Northern Territory News, Monday, December 14, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K $598kg On sale today only Mon 14th Dec 2009. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices apply at Darwin stores. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices not available at Coles Express. CS10859_1412_NT $5.98kg. Grab a bunch of savings. Menindee Seedless Grapes NEWS MEMORIES OF THE TOP END: Ernie Rayner has a strong belief in the value of mateship. Picture: FIONA MORRISON Ringers tale tells of wild times across the Top End ERNIE Rayner has always believed in the Aussie concept of mateship. You always looked out for your mates, said the old ringer. Many a tragedy was avoided because of that. And that belief in mateship is included in the title of his coffee table book about his days in the cattle industry Wild Cattle, Wild Country: Old Mates and Memories of the Top End. Mr Rayner wrote the book with Anne Marie Ingham, author of The Boss Drover and His Mates. The story begins in 1959 when 18-year-old Ernie became a ringer at Coolibah station on the Victoria River. Wild Cattle, Wild Country will be launched by former parliamentary Speaker Roger Steele at Darwin Library at 5.15pm today. A second launch will be hosted by Mayor Anne Shepherd at the Katherine Information Centre on December 16. NIGEL ADLAM Feds take on remote stores ByALYSSABETTS You may be interested toknow that the Minister has agreed to the transfer of Outback Stores THE Commonwealth Government is to take over control of a business set up with taxpayer funds to run remote shops. Outback Stores was created in 2006 at a cost of $48.1 million by a group of retailers and the Federal Government body, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). When the intervention was launched in 2007, Outback Stores scored another $29.1 million to take over management of community stores that faced closure because they werent profitable. But the Government is now taki n g o v e r t h e w h o l l y o w n e d subsidiary of IBA. Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklins office says the move is recognition of how important access to affordable and healthy food is to improving indigenous peoples life expectancy. But it comes amid claims from a Territory wholesaler that Outback Stores has presided over failing shops, which have sucked money from communities to fund a bloated bureaucracy that has grown around it. Conway Burnval Wholesalers (CBW) Tim Cross has written to Ms Macklin, saying CBW and many other wholesalers have been ignored by Outback Stores as potential suppliers. Communities have been coerced into becoming members ... and active competition for supply is openly discouraged, he said. (We) believe that with in excess of $80 million spent, OS have failed in their mission. A bureaucracy has grown ... with what appears to be limited accountability, he said. The organisation was set up to improve remote food supplies, and would only consider taking over stores that were commercially successful or have the potential to be. Ms Macklins a d v i s e r K a t e Huntington replied to Mr Cross last week. You may be interested to know that the Minister has agreed to the transfer of Outback Stores ... to the Commonwealth from Indigenous Business Australia, Ms Huntington wrote. She said the move was in recognition of the importance that access to affordable and healthy food was to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians life expectancy.

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