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The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019

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10 OPINION THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 should be closed. However, when one looks at the actual risks of the climb; for people under the age of 50 who stick to the marked path the risks are very low, about 0.2 micromorts per climb or about a fifth of the risk of dying in an air crash flying to the rock from Sydney. For those over 50 the risks are higher, about 5 micromorts per climb, about the same as a scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Despite the relatively low risk, the climb should not be taken for granted and those over 50 intent on accessing views classed as World Heritage by UNESCO need to take extra care and know their limitations. Past owner Paddy Uluru enjoyed the climb into his 70s, and he often joked with climbers before and after they ascended his rock. Mark Hendrickx Beauty within PM Scott Morrisons wife Jenny, who, along with being a naturally, lovely lady; is also a very beautiful person. Something, so very, very many of the crusading-cappuccino-commando and glitteratigladiator, type so-called beautiful people will never be. Howard Hutchins Build at both ends RE: BRIDGING the Gap. There has been a lot of talk about the Gap since time immemorial. From what I can see the distance hasnt changed much. The quickest way to build a bridge is to construct from both ends. One party cannot sit on the side of a river bank while the other moves forward. Which side stands where? Whose turn is it to make the first significant move forward? Ill let you decide who is sit ting on what bank. Dave M, Stuart Park 1 YEAR AGO: THREE prisoners wearing electronic monitoring ankle bracelets have been taken swimming at the world-renowned Mataranka thermal pool, shocking members of the public. 5 YEARS AGO: A HIGH-ranking Territory bureaucrat was ordered to complete community service to work off 109 unpaid fines. The senior public servant earns more than $120,000 a year from the public purse but owes $14,435 in mostly speeding, traffic and parking fines. 10 YEARS AGO: A MAN was trapped on his balcony for three hours after he locked himself out after going for a smoke. Kyle Kim, 41, had to be rescued by firefighters at 9am after he was unable to break back into his unit. ...and another thing DARWIN Festival, after years of promising growth, will go back to the future in 2019 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The news that the festival has commissioned a 15 minute video essay celebrating the first ever street parade at the then Bougainvillea Festival in 1979 is an exciting development for the Territory. Even more exciting for Territorians is their chance to be a part of it. Any old photos, film and memories the public may have of the 79 parade are being welcomed by festival organisers to be a part of the visual display so dont miss your chance to give the past a future. Letters to the editor should be kept to 300 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. Preference will be given to letters that give the writers full name and suburb and are kept to under 300 words. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Got something to say? Letters Drive safely THIS Friday (May 31), I will be joining with road users around the country to support the Fatality Free Friday campaign, an annual initiative which aims for zero road deaths on this day. As a local lawyer and road safety advocate who supports people affected by road accidents, I see first-hand the devastating impacts of road trauma on victims and their loved ones. I urge all road users to go to www.fatalityfreefriday.com and take the pledge to drive safely on Fatality Free Friday and beyond. We need to put a stop to the growing number of road-related fatalities that were seeing in the NT. Simple things like following the speed limit and avoiding use of mobile phones can help. Melissa Meyers, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Darwin Climb can be risky CONGRATULATIONS to those who saved an elderly man climbing Ayers Rock (Elderly man suffers heart attack while climbing Uluru, 29/5). The episode will no doubt provide some ammunition to those who believe the climb Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. Airline soars after a year TODAY is a red-letter day for Donghai Airlines and the Northern Territory Government. It marks one year since Donghai Airlines started its direct Shenzhen to Darwin service. It is encouraging to learn that more than 7000 passengers have made use of the direct service to China. It is even more encouraging to see healthy load numbers in January and February of this year. The vast majority of visitors on the service have been Chinese nationals, reinforcing how valuable the route is for boosting inbound tourism. The critics have questioned the viability of the service. The NT News is not among those critics. We also encourage Territorians to use the flights to access not only Shenzhen but also Hong Kong and other Asian destinations Donghais faith in Darwin and the Northern Territory is welcome. Thanks to this service, the Territory economy has reaped more than $7 million. This is money the Northern Territory would not have received without this direct service. The Territorys tourism industry has about 16,500 workers. Darwin in particular has suffered from a downturn in tourist numbers. Attracting more tourists and more international flights into Darwin is critical. The NT Government has recognised that by increasing its funding to the industry. The efforts of NT Airports must be acknowledged. Its work with Donghai, Virgin Airlines, Jetstar and Silk Airlines has netted extra international services to and from Darwin. EDITORIAL Email: news@ntnews.com.au I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY

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