The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019
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TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NEWS 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A FAILING Subway store in Alice Springs has been saved from permanent closure after an experienced local woman stepped in to revamp the shop. As an experienced franchisee, Tanya Webb said it was the right decision to keep the store open and save local jobs. People here have kept their jobs and were looking at training more staff, she said. Ms Webb has been directing the Mt Gillen store on Larapinta Drive for ten years and recently took over the Hartley Street store after it was forced to close. Ms Webb has had a long journey with Subway over the past decade and started off in franchising the two stores with five other people. She now single-handedly directs both Subway stores in Alice Springs. JAMAL BEN HADDOU Tanya Webb (centre) and staff Palmerston and beyond A TERRITORY mobile app designed to report anti-social behaviour including homelessness has raised eyebrows during national homelessness week. The Northern Territory Government and Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation are trialling the app in Darwin and Palmerston. Larrakia Nation CEO Robert Cooper said the purpose of the app is to identify and help people who are vulnerable. It has all categories of alert and homelessness is just one of them. It also includes public drunkenness, noise and welfare checks, he said. Mr Cooper said it was made in response to a community appetite for a mobile-based reporting app to support existing services of the organisation which conducts street patrols. Its part of a wider collaboration between the City of App aid on trial Darwin and NT Police to respond to incidents where people are vulnerable, he said. The NT anti-social behaviour app has already been downloaded by over 100 people and it could be rolled out to other parts of the Territory including Alice Springs. Dr Andrew Clarke from the University of Queensland has conducted unrelated research around homelessness and surveillance in Cairns and said it is important to harness technology for good purposes. Generally speaking, there is a risk that surveillance responses to issues like homelessness focus attention on the behaviour of individuals without considering the social conditions that shape that behaviour, Mr Clarke said. That said, our research has found that surveillance responses can sometimes be beneficial, but only when they are linked to genuinely supportive initiatives. JAMAL BEN HADDOU Single mum saves store There was a group of us who bought the existing Subway franchise for both stores a long time ago, she said. Since then it has been a long road and an interesting career path. Ms Webb also juggles her work commitments with being the single parent of three teenagers Community spirit is one of her driving forces. Im a community oriented person. I like to get involved with different organisations in town like the football and local schools, she said. If you support the community they will support you. PALMERSTON councils youth festival has been deemed a success, providing a week of free and fun activities to Palmerstons future generations last month. An evaluation is being made of the event, which centred around three major events, and five smaller events, including a free Baker Boy concert and a Box Wars exhibit, over the week from July 13-20 which saw an attendance of about 5250. Through the council report manager community services Jan Peters said there had been a positive level of engagement and feedback. Council delivered an engaging and diverse program for its first ever Youth Festival over eight days, she said. The Palmerston Youth Festival was very well received by the community, with staff Will Bergin Stevenson gets into the spirit of things at the Palmerston Youth Festival Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL receiving positive comments about the Festival in person, on social media and at the recent Royal Darwin Show stand. The festival was funded by a $300,000 grant from the Northern Territory Government. First youth festival a big fountain of success 08 8941 7947 FUNCTIONS@THEHOTELDARWIN.COM.AU 39 MITCHELL STREET DARWIN AHA NT BEST OVERALL METROPOLITAN HOTEL 2017 AHA NATIONAL BEST SPORTING ENTERTAINMENT VENUE 2017 LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY $17 DAILY SPECIALS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER LIVE SPORTS HAPPY HOUR FROM 4 PM SAVE 20% ON FUNCTIONS + NO ROOM HIRE Best Casual Dining