The Northern Territory news Tue 28 Feb 2017
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22 OPINION TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Cruise industry integral for NT TODAY, the fourth-largest cruise ship in the world has arrived in Darwin. It brought with it almost 4000 tourists, and was expected to inject almost $650,000 into the local economy. This is great news. Not only will this money help local businesses the stories the tourists share with their friends will hopefully make many more people choose the Northern Territory for their next holiday destination. Cruising is a massive industry. Already this season tens of thousands of people have popped into Darwin for a day, sometimes two, as part of a longer holiday. And thats brought millions of dollars into the NT, and helped local businesses stay afloat during the slow wet season. Everything that can be done must be done to help this industry thrive here. It is important, given the majority of these visitors only spend a few hours in Darwin, that we send them away with a positive lasting impression. We can only do that by making our city thrive. Sundays Mindil in the Mall markets entertained hundreds of visitors, both locals and cruiseshippers alike. Shop owners commented it was great, theyd had heaps of customers, and their shopfront businesses had benefited from the market. Overall it added colour and movement to a community keen to see its CBD spring to life. But, like a creased shirt, it will need to have a few wrinkles ironed out if Darwin council, Mindil Beach Markets and city business owners are to really break ground with this concept. The markets were a good starting point for the city. To make them even better they need to be more regular, and with more stalls. Or other ideas that work need to be implemented. Tourism can and does do great things for the NT. But we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help it boom. ... and another thing A COCK walked into the local watering hole and said to the cod whats up?. What sounds like a bad bar joke is the reality for Darwin man Steve Johnson who saves his penis-shaped lure for the most desperate times when the fish arent biting. And it has never disappointed, with Mr Johnson always able to turn his luck around when he busts out the lure one time catching two rock cod in a matter of minutes. Keep on rocking those cods Steve. Grog an issue THOSE who criticise the governments actions to thwart Dan Murphys liquor outlet need to take a long hard look at themselves. In all the letters from critics to this newspaper there is the implied suggestion that only a minority of Territorians have alcohol problems and/or that they are of a particular race. The facts are that most white Territorians drink far too much. Our society has an obsession with alcohol. We have integrated it so much into our way of life that we are immune to its dangers. Alcohol is with us constantly. You only have to take a night visit to Mitchell Street, a national park, or the hospital emergency department, or read court reports in the NT News, to see the evidence. Every day you hear about it the increasing rate of grogrelated incidents. Yet the hype is that only indigenous people drink to excess. Why it is called a refreshing drink for non-indigenous people, but an alcohol problem for indigenous people? Surveys reveal many people who believe their drinking levels are safe are, in fact, drinking way too much. And before someone says yeah, well, that is my right, no, it is not your right to purposefully harm your body, causing burden on our emergency personnel and health system, and putting other people at risk or impacting on their way of life. Its called individual responsibility. It is a problem for all of us. Grog is too much a part of our lives. The phrase Living With Alcohol is not an order, it is a warning. So, critics, think about it. If you so badly need cheap grog in a massive warehouse range, then clearly alcohol is dictating your life. I am not a wowser, I like a drink or two, but always at safe levels. I dont let it control my life. I heartily support the Gunner government on this move. To the critics why do you think health and emergency agencies also support this policy? Maybe because they know the facts most Territorians drink too much. Thank you Chief Minister for reclaiming control over our lives and our livers. Pat Dry, Anula Thanks RDH HAVING checked out of Royal Darwin Hospital after treatment recently, I would like to commend the staff for their helpful, sympathetic and totally professional service even the food was good! It occurs to me that, like the National Health Service in UK, we would not be able to function without overseasborn staff. Congratulations. Patrick Somers, Nightcliff Patrols needed OUR house was broken into on January 21 money, cigarettes and our car were stolen (the car was reversed out through the chained and padlocked gate). On January 28 our house was broken into again the security screen mesh was only replaced on the 27th, so did not even last 24 hours. It is young kids approximately 12 to 14 years old. Where are the patrols on the streets at 1am by the police? Luke Goninon, Moulden Target obesity MANY years ago our experts told us smoking was costing the Australian taxpayer many billions of dollars in medical costs. The powers-that-be decided one of the best ways to reduce this was to ban advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products. Now the experts are telling us obesity is costing the Australian taxpayer billions of dollars, and fast food and sugary drinks are a major contributor to this. If this is true, and I would never doubt them, why arent the same powers-thatbe banning fast food and sugary drink sponsorship and advertising? If it worked to reduce smoking surely it must work to reduce obesity, dont you think? Food for thought (pardon the pun). Churchy, Leanyer Jess is the answer INSTEAD of handing $400,000 of taxpayer money to a Sydney PR company to promote Tourism NT, why not offer the whole lot to Jessica Mauboy to do the same thing? Tthe value for money seems logical. Jess is Australias sweetheart she only has to smile and that says welcome. If she adds to my Territory, what more need be said? As for the work itself, her management asks: how many appearances? Answer: One! Every scene can be inserted around Jess, from the best tourism videos in Territory libraries and the best photos from the NT News vault, to our brilliant local photographers, Territory paintings ... the scenarios just keep coming. Surely someone has thought of this? Of course, its too late now, the contracts are awarded. But where on earth was the thinking, or was it acting as automatons or stunned-mullets? Ted Dunstan, Karama ... the hype is that only indigenous people drink to excess. Why it is called a refreshing drink for non-indigenous people, but an alcohol problem for indigenous people? SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: Norm McCleary lost his claim to a uranium deposit in the Darwin Supreme Court yesterday. McCleary was fighting the NT Government to keep the mineral claim he pegged on the Angela and Pamela uranium deposits, believed to be worth up to $2.5 billion. 20 YEARS AGO: Daly River police have evacuated 15 residents from rising floodwaters. Police expect further evacuations today as rising river levels threaten to eclipse the biggest flood in almost 20 years. Police used dinghies to evacuate 15 people. 25 YEARS AGO: The cost of housing in Darwin has moved up a range of $100,000 to as high as $400,000, valuer-general Gerry Doody says. 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