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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 NEWS 05 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA TCA Board announces new Chair ALYCE MOKRZYCKI Senior Reporter PATRICK Bedford will replace Dale McIver as Chairperson of Tourism of Central Australia (TCA), effective immediately, TCA announced on Friday. Mr Bedford, of Emu Run Experience, was elected by the TCA Board after Ms McIver stepped down from the role Thursday, April 23. Through this challenging time for the tourism industry as a whole, I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of leading the TCA Board through this tough time and coming out the other side stronger, more resilient and ready to welcome visitors back to our beautiful region, Mr Bedford said. On behalf of the Board and myself, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dale McIver for her ongoing contributions to the TCA Board over the last five years and wish her the best in her future endeavours. The move followed the announcement last Monday that Ms McIver would compete for the seat of Braitling in the upcoming election, after being selected as the Territory Alliance candidate. Ms McIver will remain as acting-CEO at TCA until a replacement is found following the recent resignation of Stephen Schwer. Patrick Bedford THE indoor facility at Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre has re-opened, with Alice Springs Public Library set to re-open on Friday as part of Stage 2 of the Territory Labor Governments Roadmap To Our New Normal. Released late last week, the Roadmap outlines the chronology in which businesses such as restaurants, bars and beauty Staged return to life Alice Springs Town Council follows roadmap to new normal ALYCE MOKRZYCKI Senior reporter parlours can re-open, including the reintroduction of sporting events and competitions. The decision to re-open Council-run public facilities would be at the discretion of their associated municipalities, so long as strict hygiene protocols and the one person every one point five metres rule was adhered to, according to Chief Minister Michael Gunner. Robert Jennings, Alice Springs Town Council chief executive officer, said the an nouncement to ease restrictions in the Territory was welcome news for the local community. Council is working towards resumption of services, while ensuring maintenance of public safety as paramount, Mr Jennings explained. This may mean some services operate a little differently, such as incorporating social distancing measures or even a staggered return to full operations, and we appreciate the communitys patience on this. Outdoor sports training (without physical contact) can recommence from May 15, with all sports and competitions free to go ahead (including spectators attendance) from June 3. The Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre outdoor 50 metre and indoor 24 metre pools will operate as per revised winter hours Monday to Friday 6am 6.30pm and weekends and public holidays 9am 3pm. Learn to swim and Aqua classes will remain under review, with a decision to be made by Council in the coming weeks. The skate park, and outdoor play and gym equipment were operational at Council parks as of noon last Friday. For more visit: alicesprings.nt.gov.au/rec reation/aquatic-leisure-centre or alicesprings.nt.gov.au/councils-covid19-response Play equipment reopens AFTER weeks of walking past taped-up play equipment, families were overjoyed when playgrounds finally reopened at noon on Friday. East Side resident Hannah McCoy and her son Daegon, 2, were spotted at Gosse Street Park on Saturday afternoon, making the most of their regained freedom. Mrs McCoy said that before the closures, the pair used to venture outdoors every day, and they couldnt wait to visit their favourite park again. Weve been cooped up in the house and he hasnt gotten to do anything or see anyone, she said. When the clock struck noon on Friday, the pair headed straight out the door. We came out here first thing and played for about an hour, Mrs McCoy said. Playgrounds were closed, along with a host of other outdoor equipment, when social distancing rules were enforced on April 1 Daegon McCoy, 2, plays at Gosse Street Park after playgrounds in Alice Springs were reopened Friday following the easing of some coronavirus restrictions. Picture: EMMA MURRAY To our educators for delivering quality learning to students and young children Thank you