The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 WEEKEND 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Just two students use the facility each day there had been no plans /support by the government to rectify the issue. O P P O S I T I O N L E A D E R G A R Y H I G G I N S O N T H E P O O R LY AT T E N D E D $ 3 0 0 , 0 0 0 C B D S T U D E N T H U B There were roughly 40 to 50 teddy bears that had been donated and I got a couple from my op shop. Y O U N G T E R R I T O R Y D E S I G N E R D E N I Q U E S T E WA R T O N T H E M AT E R I A L S U S E D F O R H E R C O S T U M E NT Weekend 07OPINION S cott Morrison has been talking the Territory up this week. But will the new Prime Minister put his money where his mouth is when it comes to the North? About 150 Territorians converged on Parliament House on Wednesday to host Facing North to gain his attention and that of key decision makers in our nations capital. The delegation saw Territory politicians from opposing sides join forces with our business and industry leaders to try and encourage federal parliamentary representatives and their staff to be more conscious of Darwin and Northern Australia. It seems like a lot of effort just to try and be noticed by our federal politicians. But its a measure which is considered essential if we are ever going to see a Cities Deal come to fruition or money invested in Kakadu. Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison told me earlier in the week that if Territorians are not in Canberra on the doors making sure federal politicians remember who we are and that we have great potential and investment opportunities we are forgotten about because the East Coast agenda takes over. It sounds as though the door knocking may be working. The Prime Minister was full of praise for the Northern Territory at the event saying a visit to the NT should be a rite of passage for Aussie kids. I believe the best way to understand your country is to see it. If you want to understand Australia if you want to know what it means to be Australian visit Uluru, the Olgas, Kakadu or walk the Larapinta, Morrison said. It might be time the PM took his own advice and came for a walk through Kakadu. The Federal Government has responsibility for the World Heritage listed national park, and while its beauty is unsurpassed, the infrastructure supporting it needs a serious upgrade. Just last month I was inundated with calls from Territorians saying simple things like signage are not up to scratch. If the federal government can afford to announce a $444 million grant for the Great Barrier Reef, surely they can afford to upgrade the signage at Kakadu? The Northern Territory Government wants more than that. They It might be time the PM took his own advice and travelled the Territory plans went out the window. The longer we wait the more concerned I become that the funding for these two projects, and a Regional Deal for Tennant Creek will not be announced until a federal election is called. The Territory may be a small jurisdiction, but we are strategically important and we punch well above our weight when in comes to trade and export. Scott Morrison acknowledged this during the week. Territorians have always got trade. They have always got and understood that they are part of a region that is much bigger than just their small part of it, he said. The newly minted PM is saying all the right things about the Territory. But he needs to do more than just talk we need action. He needs to follow through with the commitments which have been made to the NT. Not wait until an election is called. Katie Woolf can be heard on Mix 104.9s 360 from 9-12 weekdays. want commitment from the Morrison Government on their $446 million blueprint to transform Jabiru, the heart of the Kakadu National Park into a tourism hub. They also want the Federal Government to sign off on the long awaited Cities Deal. After all, its been more than 500 days since the memorandum of understanding was signed by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Its entirely reasonable to ask the Federal Government to pitch in to upgrade the infrastructure at Kakadu, its a national treasure which they have responsibility for. And when it comes to the Cities Deal, Territorians just expect the federal government to honour the commitment they have already made and provide funding. When Scott Morrison took the top job, the Territory Government was just days away from finalising the Cities Deal. They were also in serious talks about investment into Kakadu. But when the leadership changed, those Come explore Kakadu, ScoMo KATIE WOOLF
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