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The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 13 Aug 2019

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04 NEWS TUESDAY AUGUST 13 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Virus infection now on the rise NEW figures show the number of Human T-cell leukaemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infections in the NT have increased in the last year. According to the Centre for Disease Control, there were 15 cases of HTLV-1 in the first quarter of 2019, compared with a five-year range of 6-13 cases. Researchers said testing for HTLV-1 may have recently increased due to a heightened awareness because of enhanced public awareness about the disease, contributing to the increase in notifications. Disease spike in NT children THERE have been 10 cases of chlamydial conjunctivitis in the Territory in the first three months of 2019, show new figures from NT Health. Its a sharp increase from the 0-6 notifications of the disease which is usually recorded each quarter. All of the notified cases were in Territory kids from communities where trachoma is endemic. Inclusion conjunctivitis and trachoma is a bacterial eye infection that can cause swelling and itching. The bacteria that causes this infection is chlamydia trachomatis. Hepatitis cases in big decline THE number of hepatitis C notifications in the Territory is significantly lower than expected, shows new data. According to Centre for Disease Control NTs Disease Control Bulletin, released last week, there were 36 notified hepatitis C cases in January to March 2019, compared to the mean of 53 cases per quarter. Notifications were significantly lower than expected, researchers said. They said identifying undiagnosed cases was important because of new treatments. Deal to seal Jabirus tourism transition JABIRUS transition from a mining town to tourism hub for Kakadu National Park and the West Arnhem region takes a major step forward tomorrow. It is expected there will be a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Territory and Federal governments, traditional owners and Energy Resources of Australia. Northern Territory Abor iginal Affairs Minister Selena Uibo said an MOU would secure the towns future as the tourism heartland of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley is believed to be joining Ms Uibo, traditional owners from the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and Energy Resources of Australia in Jabiru for the signing, a four-way commitment to the $446 million Jabiru masterplan. The NT Government has committed $135.5 million to the town. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the majority of a $216.2 million federal commitment, in the order of $150 million will be provided by 2022-23. The Commonwealth remains committed to a funding package of up to $216.2 million to support jobs and tourism growth in Kakadu and help remediate the township of Jabiru, as announced on 13 January 2019, he said in a letter to Chief Minister Michael Gunner. I look forward to working with you to implement the funding package for Kakadu and settling arrangements for the future of Jabiru. Senior Mirarr Traditional Owner and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation chair Valerie Balmoore welcomed the investment commitments from the Federal and Northern Territory governments and ERA. The master plan is our vision for the new Jabiru town, she said. Jabiru and Kakadu are places where we can share our cultural heritage with future generations. Ms Uibo said the Territory Government would work closely with GAC to support the employment opportunities tourism will present for the Mirarr people so they can achieve their social and economic aspirations. The Mirarr traditional owners can improve the visitor experience for those who come to visit this very special part of the Territory, Minister Uibo said. A spectacular sunrise over the South Alligator River in iconic Kakadu National Park Picture: KERI MEGELUS GARY SHIPWAY Business Editor SAVE KAKADU We must teach more by example than by word Mary MacKillop 1867 OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS STRUCTURED MENTORSHIP BETWEEN OLDER AND YOUNGER STUDENTS HANDS-ON LEARNING REA REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES ACTIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT THE COURAGE TO LEAD Enrol Now! 8930 5708 mackillopnt.catholic.edu.au /mackillopcollege.nt Bikepacking Expedition 2019