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12 NEWS FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 2019 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Busy month for Council boss IT has been a hectic first month in the job for new Alice Springs Town Council Chief Executive Officer Robert Jennings. He reported to Mondays full Council meeting that he was fortunate to have attended around 84 meetings with community members, media, elected members, events and government since August 28. And from September 2-6, Mr Jennings attended the Outback Highway Development Committee meeting in Laverton, WA. Attendance at these meetings has been most instructive in allowing a better understanding of the work ings of Council and the community, he reported. Mr Jennings reported the meetings were the vital process of listening in an attempt to distil the key issues and opportunities. He reported that Council had retained its 199 staff positions, including 27 Indigenous employees. New Alice Springs Town Council CEO Robert Jennings has been busy. Picture: SUPPLIED THERE is an escalating urgency for climate action but its not an emergency, the Alice Springs Town Council decided at its meeting on Monday night. Councillor Jimmy Cocking won unanimous support for this stance, after some modification on his original motion suggested by Councillor Eli Melky, for this stance. But Mr Cockings moves to have $250,000 of budget surplus, as identified in this months Council meeting, to fund necessary actions failed. Mr Melkys amendment was to strengthen the existing Council policies towards reducing greenhouse emissions to zero. In speaking to his motion Mr Cocking said life in Alice Springs would become increas ingly difficult as the world continues to increase emissions despite the science of the harm it is doing. Already we are experiencing the impacts of global heating which is increasing the intensity of heatwaves and droughts, he said. Alice Springs is uniquely vulnerable. We are dependent on industries that are affected by temperatures. The science is clear, we need to prepare for longer, Climate action urgent but not an emergency STEVE MENZIES Council Reporter hotter heatwaves and ensure that our infrastructure and services can continue to deliver for our community in a hotter world. Mr Melky said the environment is everyones responsibility. I am concerned that a declaration of a climate emergency will become nothing more than hollow symbolism and just another buzz word, he said. We need to avoid the infiltration by professional protester groups supported by political parties that lay claim to the environment as their cause. At all times we must seek to act responsibly and protect the youth from manipulations and alarming misdirections. A group of climate change supporters filled the gallery with some sitting on the floor while others stood. Jimmy Cocking Senator Sams Qatar stop off NEWBIE Territory Senator Sam McMahon has continued her first overseas work jaunt with a stop off in Doha. While in Qatar, Ms McMahon met with Australian Ambassador Jonathan Muir and members of the Shura Council, the monarchys advisory council. In a post to her Facebook page, the vet-turned-legislator said she had stopped off in the Middle Eastern nation to talk agriculture. Qatar is a very important trading partner with Australia worth $2 billion annually, she wrote on her page. I had some very encouraging talks today about how the NT could significantly increase its exports of agricultural products to the region. Ms McMahon last week attended a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Uganda. Senator Sam McMahon in Doha. Picture: SUPPLIED Weve got hundreds of courses to turn your passion into a profession Our course off ering is always evolving, and in 2020, were introducing new courses to ensure our qualifi cations prepare you for the careers of the future. Explore our new courses now. cdu.edu.au/study What does it mean to your business? Employers are invited to attend an update on the upcoming 2019 migration changes, including the introduction of the new Skilled Regional Visas, Points Test changes, closure of some visas and NT DAMA II. You will also learn about transitional arrangements and how the changes might impact your business. Date: Monday 7 October 2019 Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm Venue: Doubletree by Hilton, 82 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs Light refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact the MigrationNT team at the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation on 8999 5254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Upcoming migration changes 2019 Register at obm.nt.gov.au
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