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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT






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 07 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Rate relief for regional council MACDONNELL Regional Council has put in place special measures to assist the rebuilding of businesses and communities in and around the MRC local government area. In recognising that pastoralists, roadhouses, resorts and other tourist ventures have been severely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the council has resolved to put special measures in place to provide businesses with financial support, now and as they prepare for recovery. Council is also offering rate relief to local business operators and contractors. Free candles for AIDS memorial IN support of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on May 17, the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council is posting a limited amount of free candles to addresses in Alice Springs. People living with HIV started the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in 1983, since then there have been thousands of events organised across the world by community-based organisations. These events have raised awareness and reduced stigma. To order your candle, email james.emery@ntahc.org.au before Friday May 8. CAAMA hit by job losses THE Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association has unfortunately suffered from job losses according to its special administrators. In a newsletter sent out in April, special administrators Jack James and Paula Smith said the media organisation is continuing to deal with financial issues. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis and funding restrictions, we have had to reduce current staffing at CAAMA, the newsletter said. the staffing structure will be further reviewed and changes made as required. Currently, CAAMA has more liabilities than assets, which makes it difficult for CAAMA to pay its debts as they become due. CAAMA spent more than it earned in the eight months to February 2020 and so had an operating loss of $133,105. At the date of the appointment of special administrators, CAAMA owed the Australian Taxation Office $480,441. Its debt to the ATO has grown over many years as it has been unable to pay. CAAMA was placed under special administration by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in March over severe financial issues and growing debt. NT Police share grief with fallen officers JAMAL BEN HADDOU jamal.benhaddou@news.com.au SITES in Alice Springs and Darwin turned blue over the last few days in a gesture to honour five interstate police officers who recently lost their lives in tragic circumstances. Anzac Hill, the Peter McAulay Centre, Darwin Convention Centre and NT Police Association Headquarters in Parap were lit up on Thursday, Friday and Monday to coincide with the funerals. The gesture honours four Victorian police officers who died in the line of duty beside a Melbourne Freeway and a senior South Australian officer who died in a crash in Adelaide in late March. The Northern Territory Police Force and Northern Territory Police Association shared the grief and expressed condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney from Victoria Police and South Australian Detective Chief Superintendent Joanne Shanahan APM. NTPA President Paul McCue said the thin blue line is not bound by jurisdiction and our members are grieving deeply with their Victorian and South Australian colleagues following the tragic events of the past week. This unspeakable tragedy highlights how vulnerable our members are, each and every day, when they put on the uniform to serve and protect our commun ity, he said. The lighting of these landmarks is a small way we can pay tribute to the fallen officers and thank police around the country for their dedication, bravery and sacrifice. NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker APM said these shattering losses bring into focus the danger ous nature of the work police, fire and emergency services, and all first responders, do every day. The roadside deaths of four Victorian officers is an especially stark reminder as our officers are currently stationed on highways and other roads around the NT we keep them in our thoughts, he said. Leah Connell at Anzac Hill on Thursday evening. Anzac Hill was lit up blue in honour five police officers who died in two states over four tragic days last week. Photo: EMMA MURRAY Picture: EMMA MURRAY A $1.4 million upgrade to Tennant Creek Airport paves the way for it to become a certified airport capable of landing 737 planes. The current Airnorth capacity for flights to Tennant Creek is 30 passengers. Tennant Creek Airport General Manager Dave Batic Tennant Creek Airport upgrade works now complete STEVE MENZIES explained that the upgrade provides benefits to the community beyond just local jobs and spend. Combined, these works enable the possibility of increased air services to Tennant Creek in the future and means we are in a better position to accommodate the aviation needs of the region, he said. This may mean more fre quent services and safer travel for all users, including critical services like the Royal Flying Doctor, or future projects that may rely on air travel to the region. The overall outcome is a safer and better airfield that was completed by local workers. Not only has the upgrade improved the vital hubs opera tional capabilities, but one major part of the project was completed with 100 per cent Central Australian Indigenous staffing levels. In addition to the Indigenous employment, many locally based Tennant Creek businesses had the opportunity to work on the project directly or sub contract to the project. The project, with 50 per cent co-funding from the Federal Governments Regional Airport Upgrade Program, included improvements to the aerodrome guidance lighting, apron surface, 8km of boundary fencing, refurbished toilets and saw significant regional spend over the course of the works. The upgrade was completed last month.