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The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015

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48 OPINION FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Solar car race adds to shine THE World Solar Challenge has wrapped up for another edition, and once again the competition has shone a little light (pun most definitely intended) on the Territory. It might not be on the scale of the worlds most popular sporting contests, but the challenge has an international profile and again brought some of the brightest scientific minds in the world to the Top End. Yesterday, the challenge finished and was won by the very impressive Dutch team. Congratulations to them. Weve said it a few times before, but for all the money we spend on glitzy tourism campaigns and slogans, theres nothing more valuable to our image than these sorts of events, visits and contests. Who knows how many people are inspired to visit the Red Centre after catching a glimpse somewhere of the solar cars whizzing through. Of the millions of people who watched Will and Kate arrive in Central Australia last year, many would now have the destination on their travel wish list. How many more watched Top Gear in the Top End? Or will eventually see the Land Rover Challenge, which is winding its way from Gove through the NT? And there are surely hundreds, if not thousands, of wet season visitors in the Top End for the Million Dollar Fish competition, which saw a second successful catch yesterday, and which neatly fits into the category of an unconventional tourism promotion. The support the Territory gives these sorts of events is unparalleled. We know that many of the teams and the drivers in the solar challenge were blown away by the reception and interest they received in Darwin. Long may that continue. ...and another thing ALL hope is never lost, as one lucky Darwin man found out when he discovered his missing phone had been recovered. Yes, it was in Denmark, but a boozy afternoon at the Beer Can Regatta had not ruined it. Danish tourists, who said they took the phone home as a souvenir, were good Samaritans in contacting its owner. And Brad Zanker had a truly Territorian approach to the situation, happy to know his phone had travelled a long way even if he had not. Send crims packing THE law that anyone in Australia on a visa who commits a serious crime is deported to their country of birth is just common sense. I think we should go one step further and anyone who migrates here and commits a serious crime in the first 10 years here should be deported to their country of origin. Trent Steele, Parap Rue bullish mood CRAIG Dunlops article Bullish mood in live export sector, (NT News, 21/10) was not news that thousands of caring Australians wanted to hear. You know, in America they have this great analogy, actually its probably quite apropos to the beef and cattle trade: making policy is kind of like eating sausage trust me, you dont want to know, said Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong. This did nothing to allay our concerns. Sadly Indonesia is embracing our Western diet of meat and dairy, and will soon be developing our Western diseases of excess, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, bowel cancer and obesity. Barnaby Joyce would steer well clear of these facts, just as he does about the pollution, water use and methane caused by producing millions of cattle bred in our country. Also, I am sure there is nothing in these talks about the unnecessary suffering these animals endure. Di Comelius, SA Mine pays its way JUST reading that the traditional owners (T/Os) are not going to have the mining lease extended for the uranium mine in Jabiru. WTF! The town will die without the mine operating. Who do they think will pay for all the services there? It is a really great little town with most services available at the moment. The traditional owners will be the first people to kick up a storm when they cant get the same level of service they get now in the future. What happens when most of the businesses operating there now close? If a supermarket keeps going it will have the same pricing structure that remote community ones have exorbitant! What about their level of health care? It wont be the same once the town closes down as it will be a ghost town. What are the T/Os going to do for cash once the royalties stop coming in? Regardless of what you think of uranium mining the closure spells the end of the town and its residents and income for the local Aborigines. Who is going to prop the town up? The taxpayer, thats who! Redneck, Humpty Doo Parkland pleases RE: Have a say on parkland play (NT News, 21/10). Wow! What a great concept design and from a local company, impressive! As a mother of two, I will definitely be having my say on this. Be great to see a play facility that encompasses play space for all ages to play and interact outdoors. Can see it now Darwins next social family hot spot. Why arent the concept designs that have obviously been submitted on the DCC website for public consultation, only play equipment examples? Mother of two active children, Darwin Concrete evidence THERE is an easy way to determine whether the concrete pour at Palmerston Hospital was a stunt: they would have sprayed poison under the or ange plastic sheet before putting down mesh and pouring concrete. So where is the poisons documentation on the pour? Sean Robert Meaney, Darwin Giles snubs elderly RESPECT for elders used to be important, indeed in some civilisations paramount. Regrettably, this is not the situation when it comes to Chief Minister Adam Giles and his colleagues. He has shown this clearly by his continued refusal to give us age pensioners back our free bus fares. And his failure to reduce the power bills to what they were under Labor. Little things mean a lot, we are told. Yet even these little things are too much for Mr Giles. And what about his leasing most of the Darwin Port? The CLP does its own thing, regardless of what we in the aged community think. And taking away part of Ludmilla School playground for a sports arena without prior consultation. Just another faux pas by this misfortune of a government. King Roman, Darwin Chinese whispers THE CLP The Chinese-Loving Party. Chyilpie, Darwin What happens when most of the businesses operating there now close? If a supermarket keeps going it will have the same pricing structure that remote community ones have exorbitant! SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: Federal MP Warren Snowdon was furious yesterday after being evicted from his Darwin office. The Labor man said the Federal Government was bloody-minded in not accepting the reality of Territory life. 20 YEARS AGO: Territory quarantine officers will check all baggage arriving in Darwin from Cairns in a bid to stop a fruit fly plague. Queensland officials yesterday found the pest outside a 20km quarantine area set up to control its spread. 25 YEARS AGO: A five-year, $18 million contract for the NT to manage a major developmental project in Indonesia has begun following Government endorsement. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email ntnmail@ntnews.com.au You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 WHAT: The footpath on the corner of Woods St has crumbled and sunk. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: Darwin council general manager for infrastructure Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: 8930 0581 Do you know of something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give the Fixer a call on 8944 9750, email thefixer@ntnews.com.au or follow on Twitter @NTNTheFixer

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