Have a string of actions taken about the property of Alan Viegas, 82, involuntary resident of the Old Timers Flynn Lodge, been under legislation that has been revoked? He has now regained control over his money, a past carer and campaigner for his rights discloses. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Questions arose in this office when the daughter of Mr Viegas was on the speaker phone.
Minister, department and industry given sole control over mining operations, although this is against the government's own professed policy, writes Lauren Mellor, of the Frack Free Territory Alliance. PHOTO: Demonstrators in the public gallery of the town council in July 2014.
Sir – The Government should postpone passage of the Alcohol Protection Orders (APO) Bill in order to properly consult and to consider the evidence, writes Jonathon Hunyor of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT.
NT Recycling Solutions yesterday closed the doors of its three depots operating in the Darwin area under the Cash for Containers scheme.
The firm says it paid 10 cents refund for more than two million containers but the reimbursement from the drink manufacturers have either been not paid or not in full: "NTRS advised the Government of these issues early in the scheme's existence however they failed to make any significant efforts to help us resolve the matter until several weeks after the issues arose."
The Darwin firm urges collectors to contact the Minister responsible for the administration of the Act, Karl Hampton (pictured) "and voice their concerns over the failure of the scheme to date".
In a statement issued to media on Friday Mr Hampton said the government has offered to pay for the dispute to be mediated and is advised that mediation will take place next week. It has now been confirmed that it will be before Tom Pauling, former NT Administrator, early in the week.
PHOTO at top: Part of the depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs.
MIKE GILLAM, in our Food for Thought Series, is inspired by a policeman's battle to save the trees in the Todd River – in November 1888.
Mounted Constable W. G. South wrote to the Minister for the Northern Territory: I have the honour to inform you that when the township is sold … the Young Gum trees along the Todd Creek … will require protection or they will be all cut down by the residents for building and fencing purposes, in fact some of the trees have already been destroyed by persons forming camps. I would request your instructions on this matter and … all regulations with regard to protection of timber. The trees are a great ornament to the place and it would be a great pity to destroy them ...”
Today, 124 years later, the battle still rages.
PHOTOS: Author Gillam and the Wills Terrace causeway across the iconic river (above).
The announcement that major beverage producers are seeking to overturn the Territory’s Container Deposit Legislation should come as no surprise to a Labor Government that was warned its laws were deficient without support at the national level, says Shadow Attorney General, John Elferink (pictured).
Meanwhile Environment Minister Karl Hampton today called on the beverage industry to accept the wishes of Territorians and drop their attempts to overturn the Territory’s new Cash for Containers Scheme.