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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2020



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2020

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28 OPINION FRIDAY MAY 22 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Your say THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY Borders juggle is worrying BUSINESSES and industries waiting for a date on when the Territorys borders will be unlocked might be waiting for a while yet if Chief Minister Michael Gunner's words are anything to go by. The reluctance to even provide a rough opening date at this point is somewhat understandable but also slightly perplexing. Still, we are yet to see in detail what Mr Gunner and chief health officer Dr Hugh Heggie are looking for when deciding to open the borders. In todays responses, Mr Gunner said he is looking closely at how the other states are going but he didnt specify precisely what he is looking for. We are hearing the government has been making noises about September being the most likely date for borders to reopen so why dont they say that publicly? We strongly believe, given the medical advice and outlook, that reopening in September is far too late. There is too much at stake with our already struggling economy to continue to keep our borders locked down for another three months or so. An earlier opening in July or August would lead to an influx of interstate tourists in the Top End as they escape their chilly winter for our perfect Dry season weather. It would give our struggling businesses a much needed lift and would allow us to be reunited with beloved family and friends. But as the saying goes, timing is everything. And another thing PRINCIPALS play arguably the most important role in a school. They help their staff to produce the best education possible, and are a figure of respect for students. The Territory has some of the best educators in the country, so its no wonder our principals have the second highest job satisfaction in the country. NT principals have helped shape some of the sharpest minds in Australia and our future leaders, and with their efforts Territory students will have the brightest futures. Letters Open the borders now HELLO Territorians, I am writing to the NT Government to consider a rapid reopening of its borders. Community transmission in many parts of Australia is low or non-existent. Opening the borders is now low risk. If the NT Government has problems I call on them to temperature test or have inbound travellers submit to a COVID-19 test. A bubble seems like a good idea. The economy is tanking, unemployment has never been higher. After the NT Governments handling of the economy, tourism and trade are two essential opportunities for a turnaround. We are going broke while the clock ticks. The dry season presents an unmissable opportunity to have an influx of tourists into the NT sooner. Wait and it will be another year, the opportunity will then be gone. The risk is nil, the opportunity has never been greater. Open Now! Alex C, Parap No more serious than flu DEAR Mr Gunner, let me shed some light for you. COVID-19 is no more serious than seasonal influenza. Your own stats support this. Australia-wide stats support this. Why keep us locked down and borders closed? Julius Sanders, The Narrows Take it one step at a time AFTER spending 40 years of my life living in the Northern Territory, not unlike many, I have a feeling for the place and carry it in my mind and love to go back when I have the opportunity. Being in Queensland where the coronavirus appears to be very much under control and being happy to hear that it is all good in the Top End, I feel travelling between the Territory and this state should be reopened soon. When opening up again, countries performances should probably be what should be looked at outside political barriers. The media appears to put together well-informed statistics from places that are genuine about the impact of the pandemic. International travel certainly is more complex to deal with, with possibly the exception of New Zealand. One step at a time may be the gradual way out of this major issue! Our friendly Balinese neighbours are looking forward to seeing Aussies coming back in numbers. The world will not be the same again, but strong solid ties will remain. Patrice Lauverjon, Gympie QLD Throb plan an outrage INCREDULOUS I checked the calendar. No it wasnt April 1. But surely it had to be a joke, a very sick joke. A massive nightclub to be built in the middle of a nature reserve? An area zoned for organised recreation and public open space? Not any reserve, but East Point Reserve, the most valued and utilised nature reserve, especially treasured for its richness of wildlife and its proximity to the city. No, it couldnt be true. Still disbelieving, I read on. Permit granted in a closed meeting of the Darwin city council. Peppercorn lease. New ways to do business. This was not a joke. Dont they remember the slaughter of the goannas, (pre-cane toad) the slaugh ter of the wallabies, or the more recent shooting of arrows into the horses? Dont they remember the extent of the vandalism and destruction, the hooning, and the littering that resulted in the installation of gates to close at 11pm to preserve the integrity of the reserve and to save the ratepayer from having to meet the escalating costs of rampaging? With so many walkers, joggers, prams, cyclists and birdwatchers crowding East Point during the shutdown, my walking companion commented that at least there would be plenty of people to defend it when the next ambitious developer surfaced. This will be the test. It reminds me of Harry Potter and Voldemort when one battle is won the next attack is already on the way. No respite. Apparently this ludicrous and obscene proposal is still in the concept stage. Immediate action is needed to kill it now! Jo Vandermark, Larrakeyah Totally inappropriate I CANNOT believe the NT Government, Tourism NT, Major Events and Darwin council are all supporting having an outdoor venue with disco lights at East Point Reserve. Seriously?! Apart from the fact it is zoned for organised recreation and public open space it is a significant military history site and totally inappropriate for a licensed venue with throbbing music. Not to mention disrupting the unique wildlife, the serenity surrounding East Point and the horses at the equestrian centre. Some things should be left sacred and I hope this idea gets hit on the head pronto! D R, Bakewell On this day IN THE TERRITORY ONE YEAR AGO A WOMAN has offered herself up as croc bait after deciding it was a smart idea to sit in the shallows of Cahills Crossing with the idiotic behaviour caught on camera by Charlotte Nansen. FIVE YEARS AGO VISITING medical specialists to Alice Springs do not get private access to fleet cars and must instead do their shopping and explore the town on supplied bicycles on their days off and after-work hours. NT~ News ... . ----..,,,-,' NOW WE )<JST NEE't>TOGETR\'b Ot= t\J E fZ.i TH 11\)0 tLSt Tlt'f 1"16 TO \(ILL US ... 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