A multi-million dollar scheme for juveniles on bail is believed to be buying suburban homes to accomodate them, but Minister Wakefield (pictured) is not answering questions as residents express concern about the program. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE February 13: Ms Wakefield, department answer questions. "A young person can’t 'escape' or 'abscond' from bail support accommodation. They are able to leave at any time … voluntary departure however may result in the young person breaching their bail conditions.
Records are being broken across the country as we in Central Australia swelter through another week of the "heatwave" continues which many commentators are referring to as "the new normal". Yet it is not clear what the new Northern Territory Government’s approach to climate change will be but early indications are not encouraging, writes JIMMY COCKING, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).
If the new town council's Gang of Four – Steve Brown, Eli Melky, Dave Douglas and Geoff Booth – act as block they will need an extra vote to achieve a majority and that vote is most likely to come from Liz Martin (at left) or Brendan Heenan (above).
Both were re-elected, clearly are of a similar mindset to the Four on many issues, and also operate businesses.
In fact they are top performers in the vital yet currently seriously depressed tourism industry: Councillor (Cr) Martin runs the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. While last year saw the shutters going down for many businesses in the CBD, Cr Martin says the Hall had its best year ever. She's just signed a $1m deal to build a display hall for Mack and Volvo trucks, rivaling the existing Kenworth complex. And Cr Heenan's MacDonnell Range Tourist Park is like a small, very well run town that wins Brolgas year after year.
At least one council project, spending the $5m NT Government grant for rejigging the CBD, is facing delays not of council making: no-one knows where many of the underground water, electricity and sewage mains are located, so there's no start date in sight for any digging. How could the new council break though on that front and what else can we expect from the holders of the balance of power in the 12th Town Council? ERWIN CHLANDA talked with them over the Easter weekend.
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.