The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Dec 2009
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Friday, December 4, 2009 3 THE BOOTY BAR DISCOVERY TONIGHT P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:4-DEGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K e r2 3 0 4 1 0 New plan considers Palmerston light rail A LIGHT rail from Palmerston to Darwin is being considered as part of the Territory 2030 strategic plan. The plan also claims Darwin will be Australias most affordable city by 2020. Opposition Leader Terry Mills said he agreed with the aspirations of the plan but doubted how the Government would achieve the targets. Its like being lost in the forest, gathering everyone around and telling them of Nirvana but not telling them the road to get there, he said. Report co-author Bill Moss said the document was based on extensive consultation with people in the community. He flagged the possibility of a light rail network, which is being considered by the Territory Government. C h i e f M i n i s t e r P a u l Henderson said the Government had set aside corridors for future transport links. This is an issue of economics. Its about what level of passenger use you might need to get a return on investment for a light rail network, he said. It might not be optimally economic at the moment and require some government subsidy. But at the end of the day, until we do a cost benefit analysis... we cant make those decisions. The report also tackled the issue of housing and set a target for Darwin to become the most affordable city in Australia by 2020. It proposed setting up an Office of Urban Design by 2011. The view is there is a need for a group to really look at the urban design, Mr Moss said. Give up grog for 2030 130 cans a year less should do it ByNICKCALACOURAS Wickings View: P22 TERRITORIANS are being asked to give up 130 cans of beer a year as part of the Governments 2030 plan. The Territory 2030 strategic plan set the Government the target of convincing Territorians to consume the national average amount of alcohol. The first stage required a drop of 15 per cent by 2014. Territorians are the hardest drinkers in the country consuming 15 litres of pure alcohol each year. This is the equivalent of 857 cans of beer or 35 cases each year. To meet this 15 per cent target, each Territorian would have to give up 129 beers a year by 2014. Despite our access to a clean environment, sporting and recreational facilities, education and jobs, not all Territorians are as healthy as they should be, the report said. We not only suffer from the plethora of lifestyle ailments of the modern age, but specific socioeconomic factors are affecting our health and wellbeing. When asked how the Government intended to stop Territorians from drinking, C h i e f M i n i s t e r P a u l Henderson suggested implementing more alcohol management. Weve already seen that local alcohol management plans can have extraordinary results, he said. Mr Henderson said the people in Groote Eylandt took the bull by the horns and put in place alcohol measures. He said alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour had since dropped by 90 per cent. This is a huge social challenge, he said. As police minister, Im all too aware of the extent and amount of police work that is alcohol driven. So we will see enormous benefits to our broader community ... and certainly it is a debate that this community needs to have, he said. The Northern Territory News reported in June that Territorians drank three times the global average of five litres a year. The only nations that come close to matching Territorians at the bar are the Irish and Czechs, who drink 13L of pure alcohol. And Alice Springs residents drank an average 20L, but alcohol consumption had dropped 18 per cent since a suite of restrictions came into force in 2006. More wave pools wanted ByNICKCALACOURAS GOOD TIMES: Chantelle Murray, 21, and Eulalia Mauromatis, 18, cool off at the artificial beach lagoon on the Waterfront yesterday. Picture: STUART WALMSLEY THE NT Government should build more attractions like the wave pool to keep people in the Territory, according to the Territory 2030 plan. The Government has faced criticism recently for spending too much money on recreational facilities, such as the wave pool and the Leanyer water park. But Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the Territory 2030 strategic plan showed people wanted more of these facilities not less. Having facilities for families, for children, is absolutely the right thing to do, he said. Darwin girls Chantelle Murray, 21, and Eulalia Mauromatis, 18, said they wished there was a wave pool when they were growing up. I just came back from Europe, and Darwin needs more things to do and more places to swim, Ms Murray said. I think it is good to have things like this for the kids. The Territory 2030 strategic plan said people wanted access to recreational, cultural and spiritual activities. RSL Xmas packs for our troops TASTY: John Lusk, Lt Brian Saunders and Trooper Matthew Hutchings with care packs THE Darwin RSL Club is doing its bit to bring some Christmas cheer to Aussie soldiers serving overseas. The club has put together care packs made up of fruit salad, pudding and other goodies to send to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Club chairman Lofty Plane said: Well thats what we are here for. Sorry for pressing problem yesterday IF YOU missed your early morning Northern Territory News yesterday, were sorry. We would like to apologise to all our valued readers for the late delivery of yesterdays Northern Territory News. The delay was caused by a mechanical breakdown with our printing press. A special thanks to all the newsagents and delivery drivers for their efforts in getting the paper to you as quickly as possible. School spruces up facilities A TERRITORY primary school has finished a $500,000 upgrade of its vehicle drop-off and visitor parking facilities. The new area at the Jingili Primary School will be opened by local MLA Chris Burns this morning. Staff parking has been increased to provide an extra 26 spaces for staff vehicles, while the existing visitor parking area has also been upgraded. An all-weather safe drop-off zone has also been built.
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