The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021
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MONDAY JANUARY 25 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Voucher scheme sells out THE sixth round of the myDarwin voucher scheme has been exhausted, with the $200,000 up for grabs lasting less than 84 hours after launching at 12.01am on Wednesday. The pool, which ran out about 11.20am yesterday, was the final scheduled round of the program jointly funded by the Darwin Council and NT government. However, Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said the vouchers could be reinstated if domestic and international travel didnt pick up in 2021. I will be watching whats happening in the next few months. We have the platform in place. If we need it, we can switch it on again, he said. Its been a very difficult time in 2020 and we dont know if 2021 will be the same. It appears international borders will not open. Darwin Council will keep in tune with the community and wont hesitate to bring back myDarwin or the Green Army to help the community. Mr Vatskalis expects the $200,000 has put about $1.5m into the economy. Fishing and Outdoor World owner Ronald Voukolos said the scheme had brought a massive uptake in customers through the doors. You do notice it, he said. I have to have a full stock of staff on the myDarwin days. Fingers crossed they can find some more money and do another one of these in the next tourist season or next Christmas. Its a good one. Mr Voukolos said it helped certain products, with Yeti coolers, eskys and drinking vessels popular during the spend. Thats been the big seller right the way through theyre one of those things that dont really get discounted a lot. Its not a high profit item so you never get 20 per cent or 50 per cent off or anything like that, he said. The myDarwin voucher makes quite a saving on them. WILL ZWAR myDarwin may return Fishing and Outdoor World owner Ronald Voukolos. Picture: Glenn Campbell Industry on verge of ruin AUSTRALIAs travel industry is on the verge of collapse, with up to 40,000 people set to be left unemployed without urgent intervention, a new study reveals. A national survey of travel agents found just one in 10 would survive beyond April 1 without targeted assistance or an extension of the federal governments JobKeeper scheme. The industry has been left decimated by ongoing border closures, with 95 per cent of businesses seeing a decline in revenue of between 70 and 90 per cent. Those businesses say they will not be able to support themselves beyond April 1 without urgent intervention, with 90 per cent flagging they will close. The move would threaten 40,000 jobs and has sparked concerns about a mental health crisis. Despite a federal government rescue package aimed at keeping the struggling sector afloat, almost all businesses said it had failed to hit the mark because of its complicated structure. And 65 per cent of independent travel agents surveyed said they missed out on receiving any funding. More than 700 businesses took part in the Small Business Australia survey, which was completed this month. Small Business Australia executive director Bill Lang said immediate action was needed. SHANNON DEERY Lamingtons, mate. THREE CRASHES, THREE DEAD, THREE HURT THREE separate crashes in southeast Queensland have left three men dead, a teenager with life-threatening injuries and another two men seriously injured. Emergency services were called to Telegraph Road at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane at 10.30pm on Saturday to find a 37-year-old man had crashed his Mazda3. Early inquiries suggest the car left the road and crashed into a tree, killing the Meadowbrook man. Hours later at Crestmead, south of Brisbane, two cars collided head-on. Police say just after 1am a Holden Commodore collided with a Toyota Rav4. The 21-year-old driver and sole occupant of the Commodore was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The 18-year-old driving the Rav4 sustained life-threatening injuries. Two men died in the early hours of Sunday after a single vehicle crash in Taabinga. Police say a silver station wagon left the road and overturned, killing two men inside, aged 34 and 39. A 24-year-old male passenger was taken to hospital. BRITAINS LAMINGTON DRIVE COMEDIAN Adam Hills is hosting a virtual Australia Day gig, as celebrations continue in Britain despite a harsh third lockdown. Homesick Australians have planned virtual parties across England on Tuesday. A flood of lamingtons has been sent around the UK, with a new company having a surge of orders to coincide with Australias na tional day. And Australianthemed cafes, open only for takeaway because of COVID restrictions, are offering free coffee to people who order in an Australian accent. Prue Freeman, 39, originally from Ballarat, Victoria, owns 11 cafes across London shut during lockdown, and has shifted her business to making lamingtons. SBA Offi ce National 135 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park 08 8944 7979 sbaon.com.au When you talk to us you talk to a local No Assembly Fees!!!