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The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021


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22 ADVOCATE FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 22 Residents face rate increase ALICE Springs residents could see a two per cent rise in rates and other council fees as proposed in the Alice Springs Town Council draft 2021-22 budget. Mayor Damien Ryan presented the draft budget on Tuesday, which he said recognised the challenges of the pandemic, and would prepare the town for any future disasters with a new fund. We need to plan for future disasters, no matter what they may be, he said. Its not really been on the minds of Australians in the past. So weve created a $2 million disaster relief fund to at least be able to respond to natural disasters it gives us a head start going forward. Council proposed drawing on $3.5 million from reserves in the 2021-22 budget to cover growing expenditures in maintenance and project works, which covers areas like roads, parks and graffiti removal. A federal government community infrastructure grant will provide over $1 million for cleaning up the Todd Mall, and will fund solar trees with Wi-Fi connectivity in nine locations across Alice Springs. The proposed rate and fee hike would see owners of a three-bedroom house currently paying about $2500 in rates pay an extra $40 each year, while swim enthusiasts currently paying $6.65 for entry to the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre would soon pay $7 instead. Mr Ryan earmarked $266,000 for youth programs, which includes the popular Youth Recycled Art Prize and the Phoney Film Festival, and nearly $70,000 was designated for community assistance, development and access grants. The Healthy Community Program continues to play a big role in this years draft budget, with programs for seniors, a womens footy fitness program and the running of the public swim centres health and wellness centre all getting the green light. The draft budget is available for public comment until June 16. LEE ROBINSON Mayor Damien Ryan has created a natural disaster fund. Photo: Emma Murray Mayor Ryan releases town council draft budget Pfizer jab for over 16s A CENTRAL Australian Aboriginal health clinic is offering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to all patients over 16, rather than just those under 50. Central Australia Aboriginal Congress chief executive Donna Ah Chee said it was a welcome step for the community, who had a low uptake of vaccine as a result of hesitancy linked to stories around the minute risk of clotting from the AstraZeneca vaccine. Call for park food vans ALICE Springs businesses have the chance to operate mobile food vans at one of the most beautiful wildlife parks in the world. The Environment, Parks and Water Security Department is calling for expressions of interest to operate mobile food/coffee vans at the Alice Springs Desert Park to provide additional visitor experiences. Applications close May 30. Visit depws.nt.gov.au for more details. *Limited to one redemption per eligible +Rewards 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. Were for readers Rewards members, enjoy a complimentary 12 month digital magazine subscription on us. Choose from publications like Vogue Australia, taste.com.au, Vogue Living and delicious. +Rewards members can redeem at ntnews.com.au/rewards Provided you remain a member. Conditions apply* Rewards 1 Aavoca1e centralianadvocate.com.au