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The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021



The Northern Territory news Wed 13 Jan 2021

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE Northern Territory could be the gateway for more than 20,000 stranded Australians under an upsized multimilliondollar deal with the commonwealth government to quarantine international arrivals. The bilateral repatriation deal, originally worth up to $54.7m to the NT government, has also been quadrupled to $243.7m with a new expiration date of December 2021. Under the original deal announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in October, up to 500 Australians were due to be housed at the NTs Howard Springs quarantine facility per fortnight until the end of March 2021. But in late December both governments agreed to strike a new deal and increase the fortnightly capacity at Howard Springs to 850 repatriated Australians. The increased capacity and extended contract date could see the NT care for more than 20,000 repatriated Australians by the end of 2021, up from the 5000 arrivals flagged by the Prime Minister when the deal was first announced. There are still about 37,000 Australians overseas who want to come home according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The capacity of Howard Springs is set to increase from 500 people per fortnight to 850 through a staged ramp up over January 2021 and May 2021 according to government documents. The document also revealed the commonwealth has set aside up to $243.7m to cover the costs incurred by the NT government, including staff, security, equipment and necessary infrastructure upgrades at the quarantine facility. The bilateral agreement states that infrastructure costs covered by the deal are limited to the accommodation blocks for repatriated Australians and medical facilities, and that this will include any necessary upgrades to kitchen facilities and a cyclone shelter. The commonwealth, in the document, specifically makes clear the money cannot be used to upgrade the pool at the Howard Springs facility, known as the Centre for National Resilience, though the gym and playgrounds are within scope. Howard Springs gateway for 20k MADURA MCCORMACK David Robinsons Hot Tamale has had 8000 scan the QR code. Picture: Che Chorley TERRITORIANS have adapted to checking in when going out as part of the NTs bid to stop a coronavirus outbreak. In six weeks, the app has been used 727,000 times at 2600 NT venues. Hot Tamale has had 8000 people scan the QR code to check in and dine at the Waterfront venue. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said it was great to see so many people take on the new requirements when heading out. It is critical that we never give coronavirus a head start, there is a chance that coronavirus will come to the Territory, were doing everything we can to reduce the risk, he said. Hot Tamale owner David Robinson said his staff had done an amazing job adapting to the new requirements with a front of house staff member ensuring people check-in before being seated. I think my team is doing a really good job, he said. JUDITH AISTHORPE 2600 VENUES USE COVID-19 APP THE Northern Territory has revoked the hot spot status of nearly two dozen local government areas in Greater Sydney. Chief Minister Michael Gunner on Tuesday morning announced that on the advice of Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie, the NT would reduce the number of declared hot spot areas from 30 to nine effective immediately. Travellers who have been in those nine local government areas must quarantine for two weeks at the Howard Springs or Alice Springs quarantine facilities, at their own cost, on arrival in the NT. Greater Sydney local government areas that remain a hot spot for purposes of travel to the NT are Blacktown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Parramatta, Cumberland, Inner West Council, Burwood and Strathfield. The announcement came as NSW recorded five new cases of locally acquired COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday night. Four of those cases have not yet been linked with known outbreaks. On Monday, the Northern Territory revoked Greater Brisbanes hot spot status following the end of a three-day lockdown in Queenslands capital city. The lockdown, put in place in a bid to stop the spread of the highly contagious UK variant of COVID-19, was lifted after nearly 20,000 tests yielded no evidence of community transmission. The partner of the Queensland woman who had the virus has since tested positive. String of Sydney hot spots revoked MADURA MCCORMACK AND JUDITH AISTHORPE Locals caring for LocalsLocals caring for LocalsLocals caring for LocalsLocals caring for LocalsHarvey Who? At Harvey Distributors, we stock a huge range of high quality cleaning products to help you save money and time. Get in front with all your COVID-19 disinfectants and sanitisers! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 18 Winnellie Road, WINNELLIE 08 8935 2900 www.harveydistributors.com.au IN STORE ON LINE DELIVERS H O P 0 0 0 Q 0 Q ~-.1 0 0 I