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The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019



The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019

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14 OPINION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Letters Chalker a good pick CONGRATULATIONS Commissioner Chalker. It seems the inept Government has finally done something right. They have appointed a policeman and not a politician like the last bloke. Good luck, Mr Chalker. Grumpy Help Macca and family RE: MACCA - Paul McKenzie of Darwin quadriplegic father of Eleven. Macca has been brought down by a serious infection and has been transferred to the Austin Hospital Spinal Unit for treatment. I have set up a GoFundMe page titled Eleven needs her Dad to raise funds to reunite Pauls wife Jess and daughter Eleven to Melbourne so he can get well enough to come home to Darwin. The story of events is on the GoFundMe page. Karen McLardy (Maccas sister) Why would PM visit? THE PM hasnt visited the NT. Really, why would he? We have a local Labor government in the financial crap and continually begging for money. We have three federal Labor politicians who seem to be doing absolutely nothing that is benefiting the NT. The lone CLP senator is vocal but not really doing much either. In all, the voters of the NT have done nothing to warrant a Liberal PM visiting us. Maybe if everyone supports the CLP at the next election he will sit up and take notice. Steve, Stuart Park Control your rogue cats CAT owners ought to consider the impact their animals have on native wildlife. These felines decimate native birds, lizards and other wildlife and are a danger to domestic tame birds as well. How these owners find it OK to release them (mostly at night) to plague the suburbs not unlike juvenile criminals is difficult to understand. These animals wander freely, invade properties and leave behind a trail of destruction and scat on others homes. Some time ago we had the privilege of having a flock of finches visit our garden on a daily basis. Some would build nests and produce offspring. We would routinely fill bowls of water for them while they foraged and flitted around the yard. Sadly they no longer visit since a cat wearing a collar (which indicates ownership) has made our area its own. Good luck with the notion by the town council to bring these animals under control. Anyone tried catching one when on the loose? Dave M, Stuart Park Sort out massage parlours HEARD the new Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker on the radio saying NT Police will act more upon what social media is saying about crime. Dont have to be on Facebook to learn what the community is saying, its there in broad daylight Commissioner, its happening. The massage parlour industry, theyve been committing their own brand of crime for years. The headline in todays edition of this newspaper (31/10) could say the same for the Police not one second have they spent sifting out the crime in massage parlours for yonks. Grumpy Put elephants on the job GAMBA grass was brought here from Africa as fodder for large herbivores. In Africa, gamba grass is eaten by elephants. So we just need to bring in some elephants and breed them up to control the gamba grass. You know it makes sense. Big Pete CDU ignores present woes THE CDU seems to be about vision rather than reality. Looking to the future is all well and good, but not if the present is neglected. The Casuarina campus seems to be hectares of empty buildings and few students. Scrapping more courses will not help. CDU Alumni On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARS AGO A DRIVER caused chaos yesterday after allegedly ploughing his car into a line of parked vehicles before hitting Telstra infrastructure bringing down services to a Territory towns CBD. 5 YEARS AGO TWO people are dead and another is in hospital after a fire engulfed a home in the Kulaluk community in suburban Darwin. Crews responded to a call about 6.30pm. Your say THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY Dam, its a really good idea THE average annual rainfall in Darwin during our wet season is a whopping 1727.3mm. Thats 68 inches for those who still work on the pre-metric scale. So its hard to fathom how the town of Southport is in danger of running dry. But thats the fact of the matter. Hard as it is to believe, the facts are it only takes a bad wet season to take our rural water sources to critically low points. With one communal bore servicing about 90 Southport properties, the water source is close to breaking point. Of course this presents all manner of problems and clearly a solution needs to be found. The NT Government appears stuck for a long-term solution. In the short term an alternative Power and Water Corporation water supply point on Kentish Rd that the residents will be able to access to cart water has been offered up. The Government says it will continue to educate and work with the community to use the water it has wisely and to look at how we build our resilience in water supply for the future. What the Southport water crisis proves is that Darwin needs to have more infrastructure in place to capture more of the 1.7m of rain that falls during our wet season. Darwin Dam clearly is not enough. We need more water retention facilities thats the new, softer word for dams. At a time when Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan is backing more water retention infrastructure for the Top End, there is no better time to get behind a new dam near Darwin. A deserving winner ITS a common story in the Territory someone comes with the intention of staying two years but falls in love with the lifestyle and two years turns into decades. NT Australian of the Year Geoffrey Thompson came to Darwin from South Australia with the RAAF 48 years ago and is now one of the citys favourite sons. Dr Thompson coordinated the evacuation of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy and continues to make a contribution to the community to this day. Theres no more deserving winner.

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