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The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020

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38 OPINION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 UNITED GAMBA FIGHT KEY It is good to see the Gunner government come through at budget time with nearly $1m extra across its gamba response programs. This includes funding to start the Gamba Army, but also includes ongoing funding for increased weed/bushfire mitigation and coordination, and more funding and assistance for property owners. This is a good step in the right direction. A Gamba Army is rightly just one part of the plan, a plan that will require ongoing effort and funding to succeed. On the Gamba Army, Chief Minister Gunner has stated: We need to make sure it is working and then build on it. Thats an attitude the community can get behind as we set ourselves to succeed in this fight against gamba. Landholders want to see the government taking serious steps to get on top of gamba, that will help them have the confidence to do more on their own block as they see the government stepping up to deal with gamba on their own turf. Theres more to do together. A Gamba Army is not the solution to this problem, it is apart of the solution. Another part of the solution is everyone working together landholders, government, business owners, developers. Another part of the solution is better education on the risks associated with the weed, the legislation regarding management of gamba on various land and the methods of control and eradication. Put all of this together and you have a united community working together to protect this beautiful place so many of us call home. Tiana Bremner, Howard Springs RIDE THE TIDAL WAVE There is another source of clean, carbon free energy that is ever lasting and could power much of the world if only we could open our minds to it. No, not nuclear tidal power. Plus this method will be good for making hydrogen as well as making lots of potable water. Let me introduce myself. My name is J Duncan McNeill and I am a product design engineer and also a prolific inventor. For over 20 years I have been advocating using the power of the tides, but no one listens. In Northern Australia and I understand in the north coast of Canada and maybe elsewhere there are enormous tides. I have devised two ways to harness this huge energy source and neither uses turbines which I dont think can do the job (unless we had a million of them). My methods are based on technology that is 200 to 300 hundred years old. Done properly tidal power may even provide enough energy for all of Australias needs including transport and possibly even leave enough over for export. We have the opportunity to make as much power as we want just from the tides right here in Northern Australia. I have written a report which you can see at www.beat-thevandals.com/tidal-power study.html. Now to save Planet Earth, we must act and we all have a part to play. Thank you (and your grandchildren will thank you too). J Duncan McNeil, Stuart Park PARDONS PURE FARCE With the Presidential pardoning of Michael Flynn today, and previously a Turkey named Corn, who will be the next to be pardoned? There could be family, friends, co-workers or technically every person in prison. The family option is not new as Bill Clinton pardoned his brother, Roger. The real question is who will or can pardon President Trump if they wish to? There is some doubt as to whether he could pardon himself and waiting for the incoming President Biden to issue pardons might be risky. President Trump could take a day off, by illness and VP Pence could then fill in and pardon Trump. Oh course, this is only a theoretical possibility and surely there is no need to pardon anyone else. Dennis Fitzgerald NT OFFICERS DESERVE A REAL BREAK THERES no denying police inthe Northern Territory havegone above and beyond tokeep us safe throughout thispandemic. A big part of that has been their presence at our borders. There are currently around 100 officers undertaking border checkpoint duties as part of NT Polices COVID-19 response. These police have been putting in the hard yards for months and often have to work overtime due to staffing restraints. With the last COVID-19 hot spot to be revoked next week, the Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) is now calling for fatigued police to be removed from the smaller border locations to offer them some long overdue respite and annual leave. While those main checkpoints on cross-border arterial bitumen roads would remain, it would take some pressure off police at smaller checkpoints that only see a handful of cars in a day like those near Tobermorey, Docker River, Mulga Park Road and the Tanami Highway. We know our police force has been struggling with staffing restraints due to COVID and growing attrition rates. Growing fatigue can take a toll on the mental and physical health of our frontline cops. With border checkpoints set to remain until March, we need to make sure cops get a break when they can. God knows they deserve it after the year weve had. PUBLIC HOLIDAY DECISION COSTLY THE decision to declare BoxingDay a public holiday may getChief Minister Michael Gunner a pat on the back from the Labor Party unions, but he has created deep ill feeling within the cash strapped small business sector. Its this sector, which is not made up of the rich and wealthy, that will lose money from this decision by the Chief Minister. The public holiday declaration means any small business that opens on December 26 will have to find extra money for the penalty rates they will have to pay their staff. Pubs and nightclubs will still open, but tourist attractions already struggling to stay in business may not because the cost to pay the increased wage bill will make it not viable. The same for some family restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. Small business will lose from this and so may their workers, who will find the business they work at shut. OPINION NT~ News ~. '" SE '<OU LATE~ ... r~ C::otNG TO TAA'1EL 1"0 'I>l~~(l W\"M A1RAl>1 ... j :t SEE AN 01>NING~~ 1)0~1~A~T SPE"C-lES CO~ING UP ... LETTERS Wicking is on leave WRITE To Us Make sure to include your name, address and phone number if verification is required. Only your name and suburb will be printed. Please note we reserve the right to edit letters for reasons such as clarity and length. 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