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The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Feb 2021



The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Feb 2021

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14 NEWS TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Allison and Nick Bitar run Loco Burrito in Alice Springs. The restaurant enjoyed strong summer sales. ALICE SPRINGS slow-cooked Mexican eatery Loco Burrito has had a solid summer trading period, thanks to the support of locals who stayed in the Red Centre because of the fear of COVID restrictions interstate. Overall, the numbers pan out to about the same as last year but we opened a week later this January than last, so on a per day basis we are up. And we have to thank the locals for that, business owner Nick Bitar said. Mr Bitar and his wife and business partner Allison Bitar said the travel restrictions arising from the pandemic have crystallised for them how strong a relationship their business has with the towns residents. Weve had an amazing amount of local support and thats been a real buzz for me, Mr Bitar said. Theyve really come to the forefront and helped us out. At the beginning of COVID there was a big public push: shop local and all that. But the goodwill seems to have continued. LOYAL DINERS GO LOCO FOR MEXICAN FOOD DANIEL WOOD 14 NSW hot spots revoked Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced during a press conference yesterday morning that the hot spots had been revoked, effective immediately, for nine NSW local government areas, including Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Inner West, Parramatta and Strathfield. The NSW hot spots had been in effect since New Years Day. Returning couple Kerri Buckley and Geoff Browning arrived back in Alice Springs for work after returning to their home in Central Coast where they had been for the past six weeks, over the Christmas and New Years break. They revoked the Central Coast as being part of Greater Sydney earlier so that was all right with us but we couldnt go to Sydney if we wanted to come back to Alice Springs, Ms Buckley said. So rather than us going to Sydney to visit family, people had to come visit us. Were fortunate the places we went to for holiday were regional and out of Sydney. Passenger Jasmin Rather, who was in Alice Springs for a short work stint, said passengers had been alerted to the recent Perth lockdown while on board the flight but nothing was mentioned about NSW hot spots. We were delighted to understand the Greater Sydney hot spots had been lifted once we touched down, through word of mouth on the ground, she said. It was a relatively quiet flight, there was good seating space between everyone. There were maybe 30 people on board the flight. There are no flights from Western Australia scheduled to land at Alice Springs Airport today. ABOUT 30 people touched down in Alice Springs from Sydney yesterday morning, unaware that while they were mid-air the Northern Territory government revoked NSWs remaining active COVID-19 hot spots. The hot spot revocation came after New South Wales recorded 14 days without a single local virus case. JASMINE BURKE Decision a relief for Sydneysiders as they land at Alice Springs Airport Kerri Buckley, Geoff Browning ALICE Springs lawyer and community volunteer Alexandra Craig has been nominated in two categories for the 2021 NT Young Achiever Awards. Ms Craig (pictured) has been nominated in the Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award and the McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award. She works full time as a Community Development Lawyer at the Central Land Council. I am fortunate my work as a community development lawyer at the Central Land Council takes me to remote Communities across Central A u s t r a l i a , working with and empowering our First Nations people, she said. I find value and have a strong passion for contract and native title law, social justice and the application of justice within communities and at an international and domestic level, advocating without prejudice. Lawyer nominated for awards JASMINE BURKE Bill Yan, Joshua Burgoyne, Robyn Lambley. ALICE Springs MLAs have joined forces and called on the NT government to act on crime after Chief Minister Michael Gunners brief visit to the Red Centre last week. Mr Gunner visited Alice Springs for one day on Friday. Braitling MLA Joshua Burgoyne, Namatjira MLA Bill Yan and independent Araluen MLA Robyn Lam bley, have called on him to sit down with Alice Springs victims of crime who feel abandoned by this Labor government. The trio acknowledged the issue was bigger than politics and said they were working together to tackle the critical issue of escalating crime in Alice Springs. Mr Burgoyne urged Mr Gunner to spend time in Alice Springs and speak with residents and business affected by crime. A fleeting visit is not going to ex pose this Chief Minister to a fraction of the issues our town is facing daily, he said. We dont need another carefully stage-managed media opportunity without any real action. Ditch the cameras and media spin and meet with the public. Mr Yan said it wasincredibly disappointing Mr Gunner had not reached out to any of the towns rep resentatives prior to his visit. Ms Lambley said it was import ant the three MLAs in Alice Springs work together on the issue of crime. Its what the residents expect and what we are all trying to do. Our message to the Chief Minister is: get your head out of the sand and start showing some leadership, because Alice Springs has reached boiling point, she said. NT News contacted Mr Gunners office for comment. MLAs call on Gunner to meet crime victims after fleeting visit JASMINE BURKE 1 Aavoca1e centralianadvocate.com.au

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