The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018
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24 OPINION FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V2 Dundee needs PM DEAR Prime Minister Turnbull, it has been publicised that you will soon be coming to Tennant Creek to witness the problems there, so I implore you to visit the Dundee region with an extension to your Territory visit. You can witness how the Territory Government treats its residents, you can witness how the Territory Government treats tourists both national and international. You can witness Australian Constitutional violations. I have heard the Territory Government use the excuse that your Government is now causing the delays by stating that the Federal Government is conducting a review on health needs for the area. Up here we have a government that is only too willing to travel to China offering taxpayer money rather than supporting the constituency that the Federal Government provides funding for. There is a major project going into the area with Project Sea Dragon. Is it fair to place a hatchery in this area knowing that an ambulance and health facilities is a minimum of an hour away for the return journey? That is what the tourist and farming industries now have the problem with, not to mention the estimated 2000 residents, the road users, boat operators all who pay serious taxes including fuel excise and GST. In recent years both Cyclone Marcus and Helen had the eyes pass directly over my dwelling causing significant damage to vegetation, leaving us without electricity for a prolonged time. I do welcome you to the Territory, so you can witness how the people who live work and enjoy the area of Dundee need a public health serviced clinic and ambulance service to provide basic safety. Donna Mahony, Dundee Downs 10 YEARS AGO: The Northern Territory consistently leads the way in alcohol consumption per capita in Australia. For some that may be a statistic worth drinking to but for many others it is a social scourge. 20 YEARS AGO: Two new $1 million water police patrol vessels docked at Darwin Harbour en route to Queensland. The arrival of the boats coincides with the NT Police Associations recent uproar over the Governments refusal to fund a new water rescue boat for Darwin. 25 YEARS AGO: Regular 30-seater commuter plane flights from Darwin to Katherine were introduced. Operations manager Michael Bridges said the advantages of the Shorts were the increased passenger numbers which made the flight more economical. ...and another thing MICHAEL Long epitomises all that is the Northern Territory. The local kid made good in the big wide world of AFL football after kicking the sand off the beaches of the Tiwi Islands, then refining that to an Australian Rules football. The first Territorian to win a VFL/AFL premiership medallion and second to take home Normy the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the grand in an AFL Grand Final Michael stands tall in the history of Territory sport. And he was the spark that ignited Territory Thunders formation and later the Michael Long Centre at TIO Stadium. A great Territorian and, now, a healthy Territorian. Letters to the editor should be kept to 250 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. Preference will be given to letters that give the writers full name and suburb and are kept to under 300 words. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Got something to say? Letters Brinkin town camp SINCE the so-called upgrade of the Casuarina Coastal Reserve costing the taxpayer $10.5 million, the only beneficiaries are the itinerants who constantly camp there 24/7. There are at least six who constantly camp in one of the shelters near the disabled ramp and if someone goes to cook on the barbecue they are told to leave. They also go behind the trees on the cliff to defecate, which should be a health problem as children often play behind the trees when their parents picnic on the cliffs. I have been advised by an elderly couple who are constant users of the Reserve that this has been happening since the Reserve was reopened, and that sometimes they get harassed. They have complained but nobody, including the Conservation Commission, the local member, or the Chief Minister takes any action. One has to wonder if this is a ploy by the Government to keep the itinerants at Brinkin and stop them from going to Casuarina Shopping Square and Nightcliff and causing trouble. It seems the No Camping signs only refer to white people? Name and address withheld Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. We deserve best pollies THE half-time siren is about to sound on this Labor Government and Michael Gunner is making his first substitutions. He promised, when he took government two years ago, to deliver a stable government. But by pledging to keep his ministerial team unchanged until 2020, Mr Gunner painted himself into a corner, unable to dump underperforming members without a loss of face and credibility. But a reshuffle isnt necessarily a bad thing, and Mr Gunners reluctance to bring fresh blood into his inner circle has meant underperforming ministers have been allowed to flounder while untapped talents were left frustrated on the sideline. Selena Uibo is a solid choice as the ninth member of Cabinet. The former teacher has proven herself across the past two years as a competent performer and an engaged local member who has a lot more to contribute. She also ticks a lot of boxes and her inclusion in the ministry will increase indigenous and regional representation within Cabinet. Decisions about Cabinet membership must be determined by who is best suited for the job not by personality or politics. The test will be to see who holds the prized indigenous affairs portfolio after caucus meets today. This morning, it is held by the Chief Minister, whose greatest rival within Cabinet Ken Vowles has made no secret of the fact he wants it for himself. Mr Gunner wont want to give any ground to his number one frenemy. But if he keeps the portfolio out of spite or a desire to consolidate his power, its Territorians who will lose out. EDITORIAL Email: email@example.com I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY
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