The Northern Territory news Thu 20 Feb 2020
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 2020 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA LORD Mayor Kon Vatskalis is taking the escalating problem of Darwins homelessness to Canberra next week. Mr Vatskalis blamed bans on selling alcohol in remote communities for an influx of itinerant visitors to Darwin. The reason we have homelessness in the Territory is because people leave their homes Kon takes fight to Canberra GARY SHIPWAY email@example.com in their community to come to Darwin because they cannot have they same rights like any other Australian the right to go to the pub, the right to go and buy wine, the right to actually have alcohol in your own community, Mr Vatskalis said. Im very frustrated with the problem because a lot of people think it is a council responsibility because people do not read the bylaws. Our powers are very limited. Mr Vatskalis said the number of people living rough in Darwin and its surrounds had reached almost unmanageable levels and urgent action was needed to fix the problem. He pointed to the 5502 homeless people his council rangers had contact with during the recent CBD Public Places Patrols trial as proof of the size of the problem. Everyone is telling me this is the biggest problem they have seen for a very, very long time, Mr Vatskalis said. Obviously there is currently a big influx of itinerant people from outside of Darwin. Our Public Places Rangers visited 1677 locations during the trial and observed 5502 vulnerable people and engaged with 1827 of them. Look, more than 5500 people sleeping rough in and around Darwin is a lot of people. I am heading to Canberra next week for a meeting with the Federal Government to try and find a solution on homelessness, especially in the Northern Territory. When I mentioned it to the Federal Homelessness Minister, Luke Howarth, he was absolutely surprised he couldnt believe it. I said you talk about homelessness in Melbourne and Sydney but this is totally different to what we have in the Territory. As a mayor I want to see a comprehensive solution for homeless people. I want somewhere they can actually stay overnight. I want somewhere they can be checked by doctors, somewhere they can actually be safe, somewhere they can access Centrelink, somewhere they can access return to country. Tell us why your pooch is top dog JOHN BARKER WE all love our dogs theyre loyal, funny, cuddly and comforting but is yours extra special? Next week, the NT News launches Dogs of Oz, a weeklong celebration of the bond between us and our four-legged friends. We are on the search for Australias Top Dog with the winner getting a morning makeover on Channel 7 from a Pooch Perfect groomer, a $5000 voucher from our friends at Petbarn plus return flights to Sydney and one nights accommodation at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour for you and your dog. Can your pooch perform special tricks? Have they done something out of the ordinary? Do they have a compelling backstory? Or are they simply special for being themselves? Send us a photo and tell us in a few words what gives them the canine X-factor to win. Whether its just your K9, you and your furry pal, or the whole family and Fido, lets celebrate our beloved bounders. Snap, share and enter at dogsofoz.com.au Fabulous prizes are available for the top dog of Oz Present this token at a participating newsagents and IGA Supermarkets while stocks last. FLOOD JUST $2.70* WITH TODAYS PAPER *Books 2-15 are available for $2.70 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian from 09/02/2020 - 22/02/2020. Total collection $69.30. Available at participating newsagents and IGA supermarkets while stocks last. One Book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. $4.70*Paper + Book TOKEN Conditions apply* Enjoy a 12 month digital magazine subscription on us! *Limit one redemption per eligible member. Provided you remain a member and is only available to members who have not previously redeemed a digital magazine subscription, within 12 months. Magazine cover featured may not be available at time of redemption. ntnews.com.au/rewards +Rewards Members can redeem at Apology We're Sorry You mightve noticed we made mistakes in the Woolworths Catalogue, on sale 19th February, 2020. The Farmers Market Dog Treats 150-290g on page 32 have been advertised incorrectly. The correct description is Farmers Market Dog Treats 150-270g. Woolworths@ 11111111 9 330303 004117 > ------i,,,.,, NT..,iill .r .. ... 1 ..... 1 ...... News Teriitorian We'refor~