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Public Notice – Vehicle & Equipment Tender

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Ascension Island Government invites tenders for the following items:

 

LOT NO. DESCRIPTION PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED AS:
1 SEDDON ATKINSON TRACTOR UNIT A728
2 SEDDON ATKINSON TRACTOR UNIT A309
3 LEYLAND FIRE TRUCK A770
4 LEYLAND FIRE TRUCK A424
5 WINGET DUMPER A365
6 WINGET DUMPER A565
7 CATERPILLAR TRACK LOADER A798
8 FORD CARGO MULTI BODY TRUCK A622
9 FORD CARGO MULTI BODY TRUCK A989
10 FORD BANTHAM PICK-UP 1999 1.3L A275
11 ISUZU REFUSE TRUCK 3.9L DIESEL TURBO INTERCOOLER A574
12 NISSAN CABSTAR 4.0L DIESEL 25 SEATER BUS A485
13 IVECO MULTI BODY TRUCK A1038
14 BENFORD ROLLER A558
15 FIORI CONCRETE MIXER  
16 MOBILE COMPRESSOR  
17 AUTOMOTIVE TYRE CHANGER SICE 415 (changes tyres up to 24” wheel)  
18 MIG WELDER SIP IDEAL 180  
19 WATER TANK 800 LITRES  

The plant and vehicles are no longer licensed or insured and the registration number as shown is purely for the purpose of identity.  All items will be sold on an ‘as is’ basis with no warranty given or implied.  Viewing may be arranged with the Transport Team Leader, Mr Mark Thomas, on telephone no. 6791.

There are a number of spare parts available at AIG’s Store for Lot No’s. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15.  For queries on spares that are available, please contact Gerrilyn Crowie on telephone no 6561.

All tenders, with a clear description of the item, must be submitted in a sealed envelope and marked ‘Tender: Lot No. __’  to the Administrator’s Office by no later than 4pm on Friday, 19th July 2012.

 

Public Consultation – Draft Marine Protection Legislation

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Notice from the Administrator

Draft Legislation on Protecting Marine Wildlife

Public Consultation

The Island Council is considering draft legislation that will put in place mechanisms for the Administrator, with Island Council’s approval, to protect the Islands’ marine life and biodiversity. This will be used to control fishing or exploitation of our marine life when evidence suggests that not to do so would put its numbers or existence in jeopardy.

The measure arose initially as a result of concern about the harvesting of berried lobsters (i.e female lobsters/crayfish with eggs).  If the legislation is enacted, it would be my proposal to seek Council approval for immediate restrictions with legal effect on the exploitation of berried lobsters.

Key components of the draft law are:

–          Continuation of the current requirement to possess permits for the export of fish products.

–          The Administrator, with Council approval, will be able to designate particular marine species for protection; licenses will be required for their fishing, sale or export.  He or she can also designate areas or seasons where certain species cannot be fished, or ban the use of certain equipment – spear guns, long lines etc.  All decision would be evidence based.

–          Licences can be issued for scientific research of protected species.

–          Penalties are introduced for breaking the terms of any restrictions including sequestration of equipment, and fines up to £20,000.

A copy of the draft legislation can be downloaded here or obtained from Nicola Dillon on 7000 ext 100, or Nicola.dillon@ascension.gov.ac or by simply calling into the Administration Building.

The aim is to protect the most vulnerable of our marine species. There is no intention for these restrictions to impact the small fishing sector on Ascension – nor should they. The numbers of the fish brought in are small. It is the harvesting of all marine life that needs to be carefully monitored and where protection is needed and justifiable, these new measures will provide the means to introduce them.  No-one will want to see a species eradicated from Ascension’s shores.

This proposed legislation brings Ascension into line with other British Overseas Territories, though the measures are much lighter than in most other places.

Written comments for the Council’s consideration will be most welcome and can be sent to Nicola Dillon, or submitted through the Council’s website page.

Deadline: Friday 28 June.

Island Council Update May 2013

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Island Council Meeting, 23 May 2013

The Island Council met on Thursday 23 May in the Court House. The Acting Governor, Owen O’Sullivan, attended by telephone. All five island Councillors attended: Kitty George, Neil Lawrence, Cathy Cranfield, Cyril Leo and Toni Bendall.

Children in Bars

The Administrator submitted a draft law, The Control of Alcohol and Access to Bars (Children and Young Persons) Ordinance 2013, for the Council’s approval. Debate centred on the time limit for Friday and Saturday nights. The draft had a time limit of 2230 (1030pm) after which children and young persons must not be in a bar or club. There was agreement that during the week the timing of 2100 (9pm) was appropriate. But, Councillors disagreed on 1030pm as a limit for Friday and Saturday nights. Most island Councillors viewed 1130pm or midnight as more appropriate options. The Administrator confirmed that he was not prepared to go beyond 1030pm.

Island Councillors voted to advise the Governor NOT to enact the draft legislation. In addition, Councillors voted in favour of advising the Governor to (a) amend the upper limit for Fridays and Saturday nights to 1130pm, and (b) to postpone consideration of the legislation until later in the year when clarity on youth clubs and social service arrangements would be available.

It is unusual for the Island Council to conclude that proposed Government legislation should not be enacted. The Acting Governor informed the Island Council that he would covey the decision and the points made by Island Councillors to the Governor on his return to St Helena on 13 June. Under the constitution, the Island Council’s role is to advise the Governor on business such as draft legislation. It is for the Governor to decide whether to accept that advice or not. The Council and the community
will be informed of the Governor’s decision as soon as it is known.

Ban on Smoking in Public Places

The Island Council approved legislation that will ban smoking in public places. The aim is to reduce passive smoking by others sharing public facilities. The law will be identical to that already in force in St Helena. Most employers already have their own smoking bans in place. This will reinforce that. Some clubs may have to change their current arrangements slight and Government will work with them. There will also be a public awareness campaign.

The impact is likely to be minimal, although the ordinance restricts young persons under the age of 18 from being supplied or possessing tobacco in a public place. The current age restriction is young persons under the age of 16 years. The law will come into effect on 1 August 2013.

Entry Control

Councillor Leo introduced proposals for procedures in the handling of extensions of visit permits and flexibility for individuals on visit permits being able to undertake short-term work assignments, seek employment. The Administrator undertook to consult and review the proposals.

Public Transport

The Administrator reported that the current take-up of the public transport system was poor. It was losing money – something that needed to change. More needed to be done to promote the service, and to understand why residents were not using it. In response to a point raised by Councillor Cranfield, the Administrator said the case for a service on Saturdays between Two Boats and Georgetown on Saturdays to allow residents to shop at Solomons was not yet justified. He had asked Solomons to consider options for a delivery service. That was being considered.

Budget

Hamish Stewart, Director of Resources, briefed Councillors on the review process he was undertaking into AIG finances and on-going projects. He would make a formal, detailed statement to a meeting of the Island Council in June – a copy of which would also be made widely available to the community. A mini-budget would be required in September to address a number of new measures needed to allow the Government to reduce costs and find new revenue streams from areas where the Government is currently under-performing. One such example is from existing tourism and cruise ships.

Education of 16-18 Year Olds

Councillor Cranfield raised this issue with Minister Mark Simmonds in December 2012 in the margins of the Overseas Territory Joint Ministerial Council in London. The Administrator reported that the FCO had followed up to see if there was any support that might be available from the national government or local councils to support Ascension students doing their A-Levels in the UK. There were none. It was a matter for Ascension, employers or individuals.

Hamish Stewart, Director of Resources, in responding to a separate point, said he would review the existing policy on providing limited support to the costs of A-Level studies in the UK, with a particular view to extension to St Helena.

Medical Referrals

The Administrator issued a revised policy on medical referrals for non-elective procedures. This made it clearer that where a patient does not take his or her leave in the UK, referral to the UK was still possible when in the patient’s interest. Normally, such referrals coincided with expected holidays in the UK.

Colin Wells,
Administrator
27 May 2013

Notice of Council Meeting

Dear Everyone,

There will be a formal meeting of the Ascension Island Council on Thursday, 23 May at 1.00pm (see notice below).

Members of the public are invited to forward items which they would like raised at this meeting to elected members.  Their contact details are:

Toni Bendall                    toni.bendall@ascension.gov.ac

Cathy Cranfield                cathy.cranfield@ascension.gov.ac

Kitty George                    kitty.george@ascension.gov.ac

Neil Lawrence                  Tel no 6145

Cyril Leo                         councillorleo@cwimail.co.ac

Notice of Council Meeting

New Flag Ascends on Ascension Day!

Flag FlyingUnder the sweltering sunshine on Saturday morning, 11th May, a large crowd gathered outside the Ascension Island Government building in Georgetown to witness a momentous event in Ascension’s history.

On the same day that Islanders gather each year to celebrate Ascension’s discovery – Ascension Day – the Island’s first ever flag was to make its glorious first ascent to the pinnacle of the AIG Building Flag Pole.  The new flag features the Ascension Island crest, approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, emblazoned proudly on blue ensign, depicting our natural treasure, the Green Turtle, and our volcanic landscape, sea birds and endemic plants towered over by Green Mountain.

The ceremony was initiated by Ascension’s Administrator, Colin Wells, who welcomed all spectators.  A short sermon by Rev Squadron Leader Alex Hobson then ensued in which the new flag was blessed.

The honour of raising the flag fell to Brian “Dutch” Lawrence, Mervyn Isaac and Douglas “Auggie” Augustus – three of the islands longest serving residents, Auggie was in fact celebrating the 50th anniversary of his arrival at Ascension on the very same day!

The crowd waited anxiously in silence as the flag was hoisted into position then finally erupted into cheers and applause as it reached the top of the flag pole.

There was a palpable sense of pride and community among the crowd who remained for snacks and refreshments – long may Ascension’s flag fly proudly over us.

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Raising Ascension’s New Flag

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Come and see history being made. Ascension Island’s flag will be raised for the very first time on Saturday 11 May on the Flag Pole outside the AIG Administration Building.

The event will precede the Ascension Day Fair and will start at 1015am. A few long-serving members of the Island’s community will have the honour to raise the flag in a short and historic ceremony.

The British Government will raise the Ascension Flag on 13 May over the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Whitehall, and again at the Queen’s Birthday Parade on 8 June.

All members of the public are welcome to attend. Saturday 11 May, 1015am, Administration Building.

Turtle Hatchlings Season

Please see advice below from the Conservation Department regarding Green Turtle hatchlings.

Hatchlings

After a record year for nesting females, the hatchlings are now starting to emerge. If you see any hatchlings waiting at the surface of the sand (as above), please DO NOT attempt to move them. This is normal behaviour. The hatchlings will generally wait here until evening to go to sea under the cover of darkness when predation risk is at its lowest. They can be covered with sand when they are resting like this, but please do not attempt to move them to the sea during the day time.
If you have any doubts please contact the Conservation Department (6359). We also run turtle tours throughout the nesting season and highly recommend this as a way of observing the turtles while causing minimal disturbance.

Thank you for your cooperation!