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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2014 3
OIL & GAS.
it’s for employment
“My son Anslem and my cousin Peter have been training with Central Petroleum for three months now.
It gives them good jobs and good opportunities that goes long into the future.”
It’s been a part of our lives for almost 50 years. By maintaining a balanced approach and working hand in
hand, oil and gas will continue to be a vital part of all of our lives for many years to come.
Northern Territory Government
THE Federal and Territory Governments
have been accused of shortchanging Bor-
roloola residents over a housing deal.
MHR Warren Snowdon said a $21.6 million alloca-
tion for new housing and refurbishments had been
slashed to $14.5 million.
“Works were meant to commence in 2015 however
residents recently learned that works will not com-
mence until 2018,” he said.
“What possible explanation could there be to justify
a reduction of almost a third, $7.1 million, for the
provision of housing for Borroloola?
“Yet again Aboriginal people in theTerritory are being
shortchanged and treated with absolute disdain and
disrespect by both the Abbott and Giles Governments.”
Mr Snowdon said with the Wet Season approach-
ing old men, old women and children living in tents
because of overcrowding in their existing housing is
clearly very unsatisfactory.
He called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NT
Chief MInister Adam Giles to explain.
“They need to explain what exactly is happening
across the Territory under the National Partnership
Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPAR-
IH), how much money is available and how and where
it is being spent,” he said.
“if money has been taken away from this program
or if funding for particular locations has been reduced
then both Abbott and Giles have an obligation to
explain why, when and where are the savings being
NT Attorney General John Elferink, who is the
Government’s ‘Community Champion for Borrloola’
said $14.6 million was allocated to the Borroloola
town camps under the NPARIH, formerly known as
the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure
He said the funding was for capital works over a ten
year program to 2018.
“There has always been an expectation that capital
works would be delivered over the full ten year pro-
gram,” he said.
“Housing in Borroloola is a complex issue which
requires many hoops to first be passed through, includ-
ing the completion of infrastructure and finalisation of
the Borroloola town camp lease.
“The NT Government will continue to work with the
Commonwealth to deliver new housing supply in the
Borroloola region and we are committed to finding
solutions for housing in this region.”
Mr Elferink said Mr Snowdon was quick to criticise
but said he had forgotten that during all of his time in
Federal Government he failed to improve the lives of
people in the bush.
Many are still reeling from the rollout of SIHIP in
Tennant Creek where, despite a $36.5 million invest-
ment, not one extra house - not even toilet block - was
constructed to alleviate overcrowding.
Govt of shortchanging
Borroloola housing deal
POLICE seized cannabis, canna-
bis seeds and cash from a traveller
near Threeways last week.
The 53-year-old man who was driving a
ute towing a caravan was apprehended on
the Barkly Highway 40 kilometres east of
the roadhouse last Wednesday afternoon.
The booty included 104 grams of can-
nabis, 418 grams of cannabis seeds and
$3750 in cash.
The man appeared in the Alice Springs
Magistrates Court last Friday charged with
possession of a trafficable amount of can-
nabis, and a commercial quantity of seeds.
Members from the Tennant Creek Investi-
gation Unit and the Southern Traffic Com-
mand uncovered the drugs and cash fol-
lowing a search of the vehicle and caravan.
Police said they conduct regular patrols
across some of the Territory’s most remote
roads and highways and would not toler-
ate the supply of illicit drugs into remote
Drugs, cash seized
BIOSECuRITY officers have visited every water-
melon farm in the Territory, including Ali Curung
and Ti Tree, following the detection of a devastat-
ing exotic virus near Katherine.
The cucumber green mottle mosaic virus was found in a
round of tests and NT Department of Primary Industry staff
are now analysing a second batch of plant samples.
It has the potential to decimate the watermelon industry as
it reduces the yield and causes the fruit to break down inside.
Most watermelons grown in the NT are seedless, which is
fortunate because the disease can be transmitted by seed.
However there are up to seven strains of the virus and dif-
ferent strains can affect different hosts.
Virus threat to
crops in Barkly
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