Sunday Territorian 7 Mar 2021
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SUNDAY MARCH 7 2021 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Jade Walsh and her adopted Great Dane cross Zak. Picture: Glenn Campbell ZAK, the almost 18-month-old Great Dane cross, is loving life after he was rescued as a sixmonth-old from Paws Darwin by Jade Walsh. Young Zak has learned all the tricks of being a dog from Ms Walshs older pooch, Jett. I would say adopt; adopting can be challenging, but also rewarding, she said. Just giving Zak a second chance at life, watching him grow and become a puppy has been so rewarding. Ms Walsh is looking to make a career out of training dogs and working with rescue pooches to help them get a fresh start in life. This month brings National Pet Adoption Day and the PETstock Darwin and Berrimah stores will next Saturday welcome local rescue groups to bring their animals that are up for adoption. ADOPT YOUR FUREVER FRIEND JUDITH AISTHORPE NT economy homes in on handy $16m boost A SURGE of new home construction projects in February alone could pump $16m into the Territorys economy, data has revealed. It comes amid skyrocketing residential home prices in Darwin, with the capital citys 16.3 per cent annual growth outranking its counterparts across the country. New government data has revealed 40 BuildBonus scheme applications a government grant worth up to $12,000 to Territorians looking to buy or build a new home were paid out in February. Its estimated that those new home projects will inject $16m into the economy. A total of 20 federal government HomeBuilder applications, which provide grants of $15,000, were also paid out in February. A further 68 applications have been approved pending the start of construction and another 104 are being processed. The HomeBuilder and BuildBonus schemes will end on March 31. Master Builders NT chief executive Dave Malone said February was another stellar month for the residential market due to schemes like BuildBonus and HomeBuilder, alongside historically low interest rates. A drive through our new subdivisions would show just how much things are changing, as slabs go down and homes rise up out of the ground, he said. The run of very solid performances which commenced back in October has put considerable demand into the local construction market which should carry through to the end of the year. A total of 68 fidelity fund certificates, the NTs answer to home warranty insurance, were issued in February compared to just 30 in February 2020. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the benefits of the recent housing boom would have flow effects for the Territory. We are making the Territory the best place in the country to build a home and do business, and that is why we are cementing ourselves as Australias comeback capital, he said. MADURA MCCORMACK COPS are searching for a man who threatened to stab a taxi driver if he didnt hand over his money. NT Police Northern Watch Commander Len Turner said the taxi driver picked up the man in Driver, who asked to be taken to Rosewood Crescent, Leanyer. He said when they arrived the offender threatened the driver before stealing money from his pocket. The driver refused and the passenger made threats before grabbing money from the mans pocket, he said. The passenger rummaged through the taxi before running off. Commander Turner said no knife was produced. He said cops were searching for a caucasian man wearing a jacket and Nike shoes. Cops hunt man over taxi threat JUDITH AISTHORPE MORE than 100 Rapid Creek properties have been taken off the NT governments flood maps, after research was conducted to tie in completed flood mitigation work. According to the government, work undertaken and completed in 2019 in the Rapid Creek catchment and stormwater basin has reduced the impact of flooding on 103 properties. Of those, 45 are no longer on the Rapid Creek flood map and 58 properties have been taken off the Darwin Storm Surge primary flood extent map. Significantly, this stormwater detention basin, along with other mitigation measures, is ensuring the impact of flooding on the community is significantly reduced to better protect Territorians and their properties, Infrastructure Minister Eva Lawler said. Works help to redraw flood maps Always wear your seatbelt.
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