Territory Stories

The Wagaitear

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Title

The Wagaitear

Collection

The Wagaitear; NewspaperNT

Date

2006-05-01

Description

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Notes

Date:2006-05

Language

English

Subject

Wagait Beach (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Cox Peninsula (N.T.) -- Periodicals

Publisher name

Jack Ellis

Place of publication

Wagait Beach

Volume

v. 4 no. 5

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Jack Ellis

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/190929

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/716783

Page content

2 The Wagaitear, May 2006 The Wagaitear Publisher: Jack Ellis Published at: 22 (Sect 60) Mungalo Rd Wagait Beach Phone: 8978 5111 mobile: 0417 089 528 email mediaplus@octa4.net.au Published: monthly (first Monday) Deadline (advertising and editorial) 27th Postal address: CMB 1 Wagait Beach via Darwin NT 0801 Sold at Wagait Beach Supermarket, Sea-Cat Ferry, Mandorah Beach Hotel. Subscriptions available at $1/edition (post paid) or email at 50c an edition (pdf file) Wotz inside Council update ....................................................... 4 Seat belt safety check ............................................ 5 The wet that was really wet ................................... 5 Monicas Top End travels ................................6 & 7 Fair dinkum Aussie in our midst ........................... 8 Crossword and horror-scope .......................... 10 Ads and local trade/service directory ................ 11 From the quarterdeck .......................................... 12 Rainfall and Temperature Rain for April .............................................................. 450 mm Monthly average ......................................................... 102 mm Rain since October 1 2005 ....................................... 1886 mm Annual average (Oct 1 Sep 30) ............................. 1713 mm Average expected for May ........................................... 14 mm Average raindays ..........................................................2 days Average min/max temp ....................................... 22,1/32.0 C Weather watch Council could wind up as a city ward Cox Peninsula council lors will raise their concerns about the Territory Governments council amalgamation plans at the next meeting of the NT Local Government Association. Such an amalgamation could see the Cox Peninsula Council absorbed into the Litchfield Shire, a Coomalie-based supercouncil or , more likely, become part of the Darwin City Council. Council vice president Peter Clee said the issue should be an agenda item so that the associations chief executive, Tony Tapsell, could explain his agenda. Mr Tapsell previously worked with the governments local government group and was seen as a strong supporter of the amalgamations. Peter said plans to include parts of Dundee and Bynoe Harbour in Litchfield or Coomalie appear to have stalled. Ive been speaking to people at Dundee theyve got cold feet and pulled out, he said. President Denise Arr atta said forcing the Cox Peninsula Council to join with other groups wouldnt work. It would be a disaster, she said. Information Chief executive Peter Clark said a key problem was the lack of information about the governments present plans. Eventually therell be 20 major councils, full stop, he said. We cant get any information from the department (but it) seems theres a blueprint in the ministers office. Cox Peninsula could be forced to become part of Darwin City Council when the government reduces the number of councils to 20. Denise Arratta it would be a disaster. The Darwin City Council could consider striking a special rate for Wagait Beach if the Cox Peninsula Community Government Council was forced to amalgamate with it. City council chief executive Alan McGill said he hadnt heard of any specific plans although he was aware there would be a big reduction in the number of councils. It could certainly become a separate ward if ever they did talk seriously about amalgamation, he said. Theres different standards and different levels of expectation, it wouldnt be fair to charge the same as we do in Darwin, the rating and service levels are entirely different. But at the end of the day, someone has to pay. Boundaries Alan said part of a city council review included looking at the present local government boundaries. In that process, Ill be raising the question with the council whether Palmerston and Darwin should be (amalgamated) or at least look at sharing services, he said. Maybe someone will raise the question of the whole Darwin region. City council could strike special rate No place for a tip From page 1. Council chief executive Peter Clark said the lack of a suitable site for a proper tip was the major problem. I dont know where we start in getting some land out there, he said. Once Kenbi is finalised we might be able to negoti ate to get some kind of lease. At this stage we dont know whats happening to the land. The cost of an alternative service will depend on a more disciplined approach from those using it. Despite signs about dumping trees and building material away from the main tip site, users are simply dropping everything in the hole or leaving it nearby. The situation is diabolical, people arent exercising any common sense and theyre just dumping anywhere, Peter Clark told the meeting. Some of them are outsiders but in the main its local residents. It costs $16 000 to operate and we only get $3500 from the government. A weekly transfer bin service would cost the council almost $30 000, about $40 a year extra in rates for every ratepayer. Margaret Marr said the problem put the council in a difficult situation. Look at Litchfield we could find ourselves in the same boat, she said. Outside the meeting, council vice-president Peter Clee said while the tip was not official, the government continued to permit and fund its use. It cant service the growing needs of the community, especially with the proposed Mandorah Hotel development, he said. The dump is a far more complicated issue for us than it is for Litchfield. Until Kenbi and the land use issue is settled, the government cant give an answer in relation to setting aside land locally if any suitable land can be found. The days of using a small hole in the ground like we currently use are numbered. But (a central dump) would see the need for a transfer station at Wagait Beach.


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