Three dogs perish in Malak house fire
THREE dogs have been killed by a blaze as it ripped through a house at Malak.
Emergency services were called to the Malak Cres house at 1.30pm yesterday after reports of a structure fire. Station Manager Aaron Perry told media that the fire was contained in a single room but the house suffered extensive damage.
“The damage caused by the heat and smoke is comprehensive,” he said.
The residents of the unit, on the corner of McMillans Rd and Malak Cres, were not home at the time.
The cause is yet to be determined and it comes weeks after a 4m pet croc survived a house fire at Fannie Bay.
HEALTH Minister Natasha Fyles has sacked the Territory’s two health boards and will replace them with two regional community advisory committees and a third clinical council made up of health workers.
The Government says doing so will save about $1 million a year in salaries and sitting fees.
Ms Fyles said the dissolution of the boards, which were appointed under the CLP in 2014, was not politically motivated.
“This is about the best spend of taxpayer dollars and delivering the best health services to Territorians,” she said.
The Top End Health Service board is led by Annette Burke, who is the mother-inlaw of Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro.
Alice Springs Mayor Damian Ryan is the chairman of the Central Australia Health Service board.
Ms Fyles said board members would not be paid out when the boards are dissolved at the end of June. Transitional administrators will be put in place until Parliament can amend legislation needed to enact the new models.
Ms Fyles said the regional advisory committees would maintain the current level of community input into health services while the clinical committee would “provide more clinical oversight”.
The clinical committee will be made up of up to 25 health professionals and will meet three to four times a year.
But Opposition Leader Gary Higgins criticised the move as coming “without consultation or explanation”.
“It is my understanding the minister (Mrs Fyles) has not met with the health service boards since being appointed minister nine months ago,” he said. “This is an insult to those board members who transitioned the changes in 2014 and have overseen the smooth operation of both services over the past three years.
“It also suggests the government always had a plan to scrap the boards, but didn’t make it public until now.”