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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 7 MARCH 2014 3
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EXPANSION OF WORKING ON COUNTRY
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
ROUND THREE – 2014–2015
Northern Territory ranger groups are invited to apply for funding for 16 new
Indigenous ranger positions on offer in the NT in 2014–2015.
Information about the expansion of the Working on Country programme in
the Northern Territory, funding guidelines including eligibility and assessment
criteria, and application forms can be obtained by contacting the Department
on (08) 8928 6198, or by email to email@example.com
Applications close on Friday, 11 April 2014 at 4.30pm CST time.
Further information on the Working on Country programme is available at
THE killer at the centre of one of
the Barkly’s most notorious mur-
ders took his own life in Berrimah
Peter Fittock, 61, murdered mother-of-
three and ex-girlfriend Debbie Batzler in
She was pregnant with his chid at the
Fittock drank rum and Coke as he wait-
ed for Ms Batzler to leave a demountable
room at the back of the Borroloola Hotel
where she had visited her new partner,
When she emerged from the room at
4am, he shot her twice.
He then turned the gun on Jordison but
Fittock was wrestled to the ground as the
two struggled for the semi-automatic,
Fittock was sentenced to imprison-
ment for life on the murder count and
to imprisonment for eight years for the
attempted murder count.
He would have been eligible for parole
in November 2018.
Prison officers and nursing staff unsuc-
cessfully attempted to revive Fittock
when he was found in the grounds of the
prison’s low security unit on 22 February.
As with all deaths in custody, a coronial
inquest will be conducted into his death.
found dead in jail
A pLAN by the NSW
Government to move
large volumes of ra-
dioactive waste from
suburban Sydney to
the proposed dump
at Muckaty highlights
the confused and
tive waste manage-
ment in Australia,
according to the Be-
yond Nuclear Initia-
The national radioac-
tive waste watchdog has
condemned the suggestion
by NSW Finance Min-
ister Andrew Constance
that radioactive soil from
Hunter’s Hill should be
Muckaty no place for
Sydney’s radioactive soil
transported to Muckaty.
“The NSW Liberals’ first
plan to transport contami-
nated soil to politically
vulnerable areas of West-
ern Sydney was strongly
challenged by the com-
munity, local councils
and trade unions,” said
BNI coordinator Natalie
“The latest plan - calcu-
lated to move the waste
out of the sight and mind
of residents in the affluent
suburb of Hunter’s Hill -
shows extreme contempt
for Muckaty traditional
owners who have been
campaigning for almost
seven years against the NT
“A strong alliance be-
tween traditional owners,
health and environment
groups, trade unions and
social justice organisa-
tions has stymied and de-
layed the Muckaty plan.
“The Muckaty site nomi-
nation is the subject of
Federal Court action set
for trial in June.
“Any attempts to move
radioactive waste there
from NSW would be ac-
tively challenged by the
local community and their
growing national network
“Mr Constance’s ‘viable
option’ of a 3500km road
trip for 5000 tonnes of
waste is a long way from
that call for community
participation in decision
making on radioactive
waste storage. Transport-
ing radioactive materials
long distances presents
an unacceptable risk to
transport and emergency
workers as well as com-
munities along the route.
Ms Wasley said the NSW
government did not have
a strategy for responsible
waste management be-
yond attempts to find a
nity to dump it on.
“Instead of short term
dump and run politics we
urgently need an indepen-
dent national commission
into advancing responsible
radioactive waste manage-
ment,” she said.
proposal highlights the
pressing need for this in-
quiry to go ahead while the
Muckaty site nomination
is contested in court.
“Instead of political plans
and toxic trucks we need a
genuine and evidence-
THE NT Government has thrown its sup-
port behind a new Alcohol Reference Group
(ARG), pledging to address its management
Minister for Alcohol Policy, Dave Tollner, said a ten-
member ARG had been appointed to help develop local
solutions to alcohol harm.
He said the Territory Government believed that the
most effective solutions come from within communi-
“This Government wants to ensure there is a mecha-
nism for local communities to advise us on local issues
and possible measures that could work on their patch,”
“ARGs give local communities the opportunity to sit
at the table with government agencies such as police,
health and business to develop solutions that meet the
specific needs of the community.
“Addressing alcohol misuse requires a multi-faceted
approach. We need not only to look at supply but also
at demand initiatives and harm reduction strategies.”
Mr Tollner said the Government had introduced a
range of alcohol initiatives to tackle problem drinkers
without penalising responsible drinkers and said the
ARGs would play an important role in advising how
best to tailor the measures for their local communities.
Recently the NT Government supported the Tennant
Creek Licensees’ voluntary restrictions aimed at reduc-
ing alcohol harm.
Members of the Tennant Creek ARG are Barb Shaw
from the Barkly Regional Council, Greg Marlow from
the Chamber of Commerce, Jordan Jenkins from the
Australian Hotels Association, Stewart Naylor from
BRADAAG, Georgina Bracken from the Women’s
Shelter, Linda Turner from Anyinginyi, Pat Braun from
Catholic Care, John Baker from Clubs NT Association,
Richard James from the Patta Aboriginal Corporation
and Ian Gabriel from the Headframe.
Alcohol reference group appointed
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