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Sunday Territorian 27 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 27 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 27 2019 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Banks to roll out one network of ATMs SOPHIE ELSWORTH FINDING an ATM is set to get easier as the banks look to join forces to share machines. A new deal involving three of the four big institutions is expected to boost the number of ATMs available to Australians. It would mirror arrangements in some countries overseas where ATMs dont have specific bank branding. The model has already proven successful in Sweden, Netherlands and Finland. Banking sources have told News Corp three of the four major banks National Australia Bank, Westpac and ANZ have reignited discussions in recent months about the uniform approach. But its understood the nations biggest bank, the Commonwealth Bank, is reluctant to join forces with the others because it doesnt see the value in it, particularly since ATM fees were dumped. The CBA was the first of the big four banks to ditch ATM charges. The Australian payments industry self-regulatory body, the Australian Payments Networks chief executive officer Andy White, said it would result in ATMs being better distributed nationally to reach more people. It could remove duplicate machines from areas that are overserviced and increase the provision in underserviced locations, so you end up with ATMs in the right places rather than too many in the one place, he said. Industry sources are unsure exactly when the singular network of ATMs would be rolled out but its expected to be in the next couple of years. It would mean the banks no longer have their own branded ATMs and will jointly become part of a new bank-independent ATM brand. Air of calm descends on NTs sacred rock ALYCE MOKRZYCKA AT ULURU IT could take thousands of years for the climbing path on Uluru to recover from visitor impact, according to Mike Misso, Manager Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Speaking at a press conference, Mr Misso said weathering and natural oxidation would be key drivers in returning the surface to its natural state, with contractors using resin to fill cavities left by the climbing chain to ensure the rock still looked and felt like Uluru. Describing the tender process as competitive, Mr Misso was reluctant to disclose exactly how much the removal of the chain would cost, instead providing a tentative figure of $100,000. The removal will begin mid to late next week and could take four to six weeks. No attempts had been made to climb Uluru since the group of eight men descended from the rock in unison at 7.12pm yesterday, after two park rangers and multiple helicopter flyovers were needed to usher them down from the summit. Instead, a respectful peacefulness could be felt at the base of Uluru, the first in a new chapter in Australian history. Its been a very calm day, Mr Misso said. In fact somebody did say that they had been at the base of Uluru and saw somebody in tears because they were supportive of the closure. Weve had a few people who thought they could climb and were told they couldnt. Its been very smooth. Indigenous artist and Mutitjulu community member, Joanne Cooley, had been painting at the base of the rock since 10am. We came here to see all the people walking around. It was peaceful, Ms Cooley said. The sentiment was echoed by locals Danielle Fowler and Tiarna Spiteri. Both employees at a prestigious lodging provider, Ms Fowler said she was surprised no one had died on the climb in the past few weeks. Its been quite terrifying coming out here and watching the chaos, Ms Fowler said. So many people are concerned and have been asking staff around here if were worried about losing our jobs now that it is quiet. Ms Spiteri said she was relieved the atmosphere around the rock had returned to what it once was. We want people to come out here that want to connect, not to conquer, Ms Spiteri said. Yesterday the chain on Uluru remained free from human contact. INSET: Fiona Bowtell and Garry Wade climbed the rock on Friday Pictures: EMMA MURRAY Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Coins! Coins! Coins! Buy a tube of The Great Aussie Coin Hunt coins today and you could uncover a limited-edition A coin with a specially marked envelope in the design. Available from 28 October 2019 at participating Post Offices while stocks last. Specially marked A coins have been randomly placed in coin tubes. Folder and tube must be purchased as a set. Visit aussiecoinhunt.com.au or ask in-store for details. $49

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