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12 OPINION WEDNESDAY JULY 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 True gems turn junk to jewels ...and another thing CLOSE to 2.5 tonnes of rubbish was raised in the first ever Darwin Harbour Clean-Up in 2010. About 90 people turned out to haul 500kg of truck tyres from around Fishermans Wharf, 300kg of floats and ropes at East Arm, and myriad unwanted odds and ends from all parts of the fish-rich waters. Last year, the catch had become 4.5 tonnes of rubbish and utilised about 140 people and 12 boats. In total, about 12 tonnes have been cleared from the harbour. Today, the teams will tackle the fifth clean-up, using the theme of reduce, reuse and recycle. Project officer Lyn Lambeth says the idea is to sort through the stash at the end of the clean and turn junk into jewels. Hopefully even more volunteers will make it this year, but it would be nice to see the haul diminishing. The growth of the annual campaign is a fitting testament to org anisers, the Northern Territory Seafood Council, and the greenminded volunteers who give up their time each year. But it is also an uncomfortable reminder that too many people dont seem to give a stuff about one of the most pristine and beautiful city harbours in the world. We should not need a special day each year to remind people to do the right thing, but we do. We should not need to report each year on the mass of waste being carelessly discarded in our waters, but we do. Get out and lend a hand if you can. Even show the kids. Most importantly, set an example every day by putting rubbish where it belongs. Congratulations to the seafood council and volunteers for doing a stellar job. Keep up the good, albeit unfortunate, work. SPEAKING of rubbish, there is nothing worse than having a smelly bin sitting around longer than it has to. Palmerston residents were understandably upset when they discovered the waste collection days had been changed without much notice. Although the council says it distributed new calendars to letterboxes, not everyone uses these. We hope the factbox on page three clears things up. WHAT: A pit lid on Cavenagh St in Darwin City is broken and has been covered by a crash barrier. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Telstra NT general manager Brian OKeefe. CONTACT: 8928 2035 Do you know of something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give the Fixer a call on 8944 9750, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @NTNTheFixer Leader letdown RE: Mr Abbotts comment about Unsettled. Is it any wonder the rest of the nation struggles with racism when its leader says silly things like this? Clive, Nakara Missed the Target TARGET has closed in the city. No wonder; who needs a factory outlet full of leftovers? Target Country would have been more appropriate. Shame on Target for giving us such a low-quality store. No wonder no one went there. Jo Vivian, Cullen Bay Its a dirty game IT is so obvious the Stella Maris inquiry was set up by the CLP Government to get a conviction against members of the Labor Party to throw suspicion away from their own activities past and present. Now that it has been identified that the Labor government has done nothing illegal buy may have been a bit unethical, the question needs to be asked: which Government designed and legislated for it to happen that way? I do not intend to go looking for an answer. Now that the inquiry is over, the CLP wants Unions NT, who occupy the premises, to surrender their lease. So who have the CLP got in mind to take over the lease? The Chief Minister now wants to put the boot in by referring the matter to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee, and stating that Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie and Deputy Gerry McCarthy should consider their future in politics. When a Chief Minister tells the public that the Territory is the cheapest place to live then its time the Chief Minister considered his own future in politics and I am surprised his own Government has not done it for him. AG Piper, Winnellie Pokies problem THE idea that pokies are important to the economy of the Territory is ridiculous. Arguably, especially with so many young gamblers, the machines are far more destructive than alcohol. Ignoring the CLP governments 1979-80 deal with the casino, that, from memory, had limitations on the number of pokies and a clause about building at Mindil Beach that gave tax breaks, the NT News reported tax collected was $60 million out of over $600 million. How pathetic. How much went overseas? Now they want to allow the AHA more pokies and want to put them in communities where gambling has been a way of life since the first time a pack of cards hit the Territory. However, the major difference was the card games kept the money in the community and did not send it elsewhere. Wouldnt it be better to resume the poker machine licences and make the venues work for the 19 per cent and the government take the 90 per cent? Eli Nes, Nightcliff Leave flag alone RE: Flagging change, David Nicholls of Palmerston, published July 2. Disrespectful I say. I am of Northern Irish and Finnish descent. And I have many Aborigi nal friends. To say the NT flag is boring and too stale and Aboriginal I find offensive. Flag not change. Caitlyn Antella, Marrara Little MVR love MAYBE Im the only person that didnt know having a vehicle inspection for your rego doesnt last for five years. The fine print is it has to be done every five years of the vehicles life. So even though I had it done last year when I moved up to NT, I have to do it again because the car was built in 2008. Seriously? This isnt a rort? And to top it off, when I complained on the phone I was told to send an email complaint to their feedback address except it bounced back with address unknown. Thanks for all your help MVR! I guess Ill take another morning off work! Dalziel Johnsen, Nightcliff Heres the score RECEIVED this text, not sure of the originator. Not into soccer. Watch for 90 minutes waiting to score. Rather take one of my dumb mates to a bar and watch him trying to score. Tony, Lee Point Taxing system EVERY year, it seems, the federal government launches yet another online ID system that one must use, for example, to lodge an eTax return online. This year its called myGov and already it has been hacked and it is not secure. Why do these mung beans in Canberra make these constant changes? The Deputy Commissioners are all bloody idiots. Name and address withheld When a Chief Minister tells the public that the Territory is the cheapest place to live then its time the Chief Minister considered his own future in politics, and I am surprised his own Government has not done it for him. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: Territorians are the biggest gambling losers in Australia, new figures reveal. Territorians lose an average $1806 each year on pokies, horses, casinos, lotteries and other gambling. Nationally, a record $128.3 billion was wagered in the 2002-2003 financial year. 20 YEARS AGO: National Party Senator Julian McGauran yesterday called for the most senior military officer in the Territory to be sacked after Darwin-based Air Commodore Peter Nicholson last month said he believed human rights violations in East Timor were overplayed. 25 YEARS AGO: A major study on whether amateur fishermen are endangering barramundi numbers in Kakadu is under way. It follows concern about stock levels. 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