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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 LETTERS 23 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Lest we forget It is difficult to imagine the emotions felt 75 years ago on May 8, 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared, and the war against Germany came to an end. In Australia celebrations were undertaken excitedly but with the knowledge that, closer to home, the war in the Pacific against Japan was still to be won. The depth of relief was reflected by the estimated 100,000 people that attended a service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne the following day. Australian men and women served in the European and Mediterranean theatres from the beginning of hostilities in September 1939 and Victory in Europe was a cause for great celebration in Allied nations and meant that thousands of Australians, including recently released prisoners of war, could return home. Tragically, more than 10,000 Australians were killed, nearly 10,000 more were wounded, and almost 8000 became prisoners of war in the war against Germany and her European allies. This year, on May 8 we pause to remember the significance of the Allied victory in Europe and the men and women whose service and sacrifice helped bring about Germanys defeat. Later this year on August 15, we will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, when Victory in the Pacific was declared. As a nation we will stand together to remember the service of the more than one million men and women and the sacrifice of the some 39,000 men and women who died protecting our country during the Second World War in all theatres and campaigns. Lest we forget. Veterans Affairs Minister and Defence Personnel Minister, Darren Chester Gruesome The gruesome story of the tormented dingo (CA 29 April, p. 9) set me to wondering what life must be like for the victim of a late-term abortion. Gavan Breen Chewings St Alice Springs Play your part The National Cabinet has endorsed measures for the resumption of sport and recreation activities across Australia. A set of National Principles along with the Australian Institute of Sports, Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment, will be used to guide the staged return of activity as efforts to stop the spread of the virus continue. The announcement signalled an important step as Australia, slowly and resolutely, emerges from the pandemic. The National Cabinet decisions map out a careful and sensible road ahead for the safe resumption of sports and recreation in Australia. Both the National Principles and the Framework recognise the key role sport and recreation plays in the Australian community and the many health, economic, social and cultural benefits it provides. Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic would not be easy or fast but planning for the future of sport and recreation would be a critical part of our national recovery. I fully support the National Cabinets firm resolution that the resumption of sport and recreation activity at any level must not compromise the health of individuals or the community. The National Principles make clear how sporting and recreational activities can only happen where stringent, public and personal health measures are observed and required standards met. The Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment was developed by the AIS after extensive consultation with sports organisations. It guides the staged resumption of sport and recreation at high performance, community, and individual levels. The National Cabinet also agreed to establish a specialist COVID-19 Sports and Health Committee. The committee will include relevant sports medicine and health experts from the AIS, sports, and governments to monitor and support the resumption process. It will report to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee I want to stress that the resumption process will at all times be subject to the current circumstances of jurisdictions and under the direction of relevant public health authorities. We can expect some variation because of local factors including COVID-19 epidemiology, risk mitigation strategies, and public health capacities. The endorsement by the National Cabinet of the resumption of sport and recre ation in Australia is a great step forward. However, we must all continue to play our part to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe from spread of COVID-19. Youth and Sport Minister, Richard Colbeck Support thanks UnitingCare Australia thanks the Prime Minister and Minster for Aged Care for praising and supporting the amazing work of our aged care workforce. Aged care staff are some of the many unsung heroes of this crisis. These workers, just like other healthcare workers, are on the frontline every day, doing everything they can to protect our older people. We thank the Government for acknowledging their extraordinary efforts said We believe that all people deserve to experience compassion and dignity as they age. They deserve to exercise their rights as full members of our society. Most of all they deserve the very best care. We welcome the additional funding announced today to support our older Australians. This will help providers carry the additional costs incurred as we respond to the coronavirus crisis and help give peace of mind to families that their loved ones are getting the care they deserve. The Government announced a draft COVID-19 Residential Care Visitor Access Code which is open for consultation. UnitingCare Australia is a signatory on the draft document, which was endorsed by National Cabinet on Friday. We welcome the opportunity to continue working with Government, providers, workers, families and, most importantly, our much-loved older people in the fight against coronavirus. UnitingCare Australia National Director, Claerwen Little Quote of the day I am looking forward to taking on the challenge of leading the TCA Board through this tough time. P A T R I C K B E D F O R D T H E N E W T O U R I S M C E N T R A L A U S T R A L I A C H A I R P E R S O N letters@aliceadvocate.com.au Restrictions easing we must not relax Well, we have just come through a small dose of cold weather, but there was some recent good news to warm our hearts and minds, if not our bodies. The easing of restrictions at the weekend to allow the town pool to open, outdoor exercise and playground equipment to be used again, the library to open from Friday and more - such as open inspections for property sales - was certainly welcome. The Roadmap from the NT Government now gives us a date in the not-too-distant future for when we can dine at our favourite eating venues (rather than just get takeaway), visit art galleries, museums, public memorials and historic sites, and when we can visit the Alice Springs Desert Park. Following this will be the reopening of the cinema, theatres and other similar entertainment venues, amusement venues and a bars where food isnt being consumed. We can hardly wait. But the soldiers returning to the Territory with the virus is a warning that the pandemic risks are not over. We have to maintain our vigilance and keep observing personal social distancing measures issued by our health experts and governments, as other precautions are relaxed. There is nothing we can do about the chilly weather which will be back next week after a brief reprieve this week - but we all have our role to play in preventing COVID-19 breaking out in our community and causing the trouble it has in other centres around the country and the world. 2 Gap Road, Alice Springs PO Box 2254, Alice Springs 0870 Phone: (08) 8950 9777 Fax: (08) 8950 9740 www.alicenow.com.au CONTACT DETAILS EMAIL ADDRESSES News: news@aliceadvocate.com.au Letters: letters@aliceadvocate.com.au Sport: sport@aliceadvocate.com.au Display ads: ads@aliceadvocate.com.au Classifieds: cenclassies@aliceadvocate.com.au Editor: Anthony Geppa Features Editor: Steve Menzies Sports Editor: Justin Raymond Sales Manager: Tino Llorando Editorial content and election comment is authorised by Matt Williams of Printers Place, McMinn Street, Darwin. AdVOCate Editorial AdVOCate WE"RE FOR ALICE Letters the Ed tor PO BOX 2254,2 GAP ROAD,ALIICE SPRINGS FAX:8950 9740 letters@aliceadvocate.com.au