The Northern Territory news Tue 16 Mar 2021
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06 NEWS TUESDAY MARCH 16 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Operation nets 22 arrests A RECENT three-day city wide police operation has resulted in 22 arrests, eight cautions, 77 people taken into protective custody and 138 litres of booze tipped out. Operation Exstrom ran from February 24-26 involving cops, the City of Darwin, Public Housing safety officers, transit security officers and Parks and Wildlife Commission rangers and aimed to reduce anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related harm. Cops also referred 129 people to support services to help get them on a track to minimise their abuse of alcohol. Superint e n d e n t D a n i e l Shean (pictured) said at this time of year there was traditionally a movement of people into the city from outlying communities. This year some members of the community also received delayed COVID-19 royalty payments, which may have enabled the purchase of alcohol in higher volumes than we would normally see; however we do need to wait for sales figures to be formally analysed, he said. As part of the operation, cops were placed at bottle shops, conducted visibility patrols and community engagement activities. Exstrom also helped us to identify other ways we can work on minimising harmful behaviours, he said. JUDITH AISTHORPE Vaccine blame game A BLAME game between the commonwealth and the NT government has erupted over the delayed arrival of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the Territory. Chief Minister Michael Gunner had repeatedly said the NT was meant to receive an initial shipment of about 1400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, March 12 but the package never arrived. The federal health department confirmed the NT was allocated 1400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the divvy up to all states and territories at the end of February. But the department is adamant the NT, unlike other jurisdictions, had not received a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines because the Territory never gave the commonwealth an address to send the doses to. The NT government has rejected any suggestion it forgot to place an order for a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine. A spokesman for the Chief Minister said Mr Gunners announcement of when the AstraZeneca doses would arrive was was based on advice from the federal government around vaccination doses it said were scheduled to arrive for programs under the commonwealths management, within the NT. Mr Gunners spokesman said the NT government has repeatedly been clear that it would not need to use the AstraZeneca vaccine until Phase 1b, which is scheduled to begin on March 22. Effectively, the non-arrival of the AstraZeneca doses are inconsequential to the NT as it has enough Pfizer doses to cover workers in Phase 1a. As at Friday, 3519 frontline Territorians had received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, hundreds more than the 3000 people NT Health expected to vaccinate as part of their Phase 1a rollout. As of yesterday, frontline workers began receiving their second shot of the vaccine. A federal health department spokeswoman said the NT had been allocated the AstraZeneca doses for use in NT government-run vaccination clinics. It is up to the NT government when they use them, she said. The commonwealth will deliver these vaccines to the NT government when the NT government states it is ready to receive them and provides a delivery location. Mr Gunner said that despite recent changes in dates from the commonwealth around arrival of AstraZeneca in the NT, current ad vice indicated the first shipment would arrive in time for use in Phase 1b. Meanwhile, Health Minister Natasha Fyles said Territory health authorities were still on a watch and wait holding pattern in relation to COVID-19 cases leaked out of hotel quarantine in Brisbane and Sydney. She said health advice at the weekend pointed to the situation being low risk. Nurse Erica Bleakley receives the Pfizer jab. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not turned up yet. Picture: Glenn Campbell MADURA MCCORMACK Governments dodge responsibility for delay COOL CHANGE, SHOWERS PREDICTED TERRITORIANS can breathe a sigh of relief as showers and storms are set to break sweltering conditions across the Top End and Central Australia this week. Showers and storms are expected across the Top End for the rest of the week, with higher rain totals expected in the Darwin rural area. Central Australia has also experienced its first cool change of the season over the weekend, with partly cloudy conditions and below-average temperatures expected for the rest of the week. Alice Springs had a high temperature of only 16C on Sunday, about half the March average of 32.8C. It also recorded 39mm of rain over 48 hours to 9am yesterday. Further north, 53mm fell at Nightcliff Pool over the 72 hours to 9am yesterday and 106mm was recorded in the Victoria River district over the same time period. Rain so far in the Top End this wet season has already overtaken longterm averages for Darwin and Katherine, with 1618mm of rain already recorded, 110 per cent of the long-term average. SINGAPORE BUBBLE FLOATS AUSTRALIA has held productive discussions with Singapore on travel bubbles, and South Korea and Japan could follow, the Deputy Prime Minister says. The federal government has held talks over establishing a travel bubble with Singapore that would serve as a quarantine gateway and tourist destination for international students and returning Australians. Mr McCormack confirmed the government had begun working through the proposal with Singapore that has been mooted for July. We have been in productive discussions with Singapore, and we have that travel bubble with New Zealand that is one way at the moment, he said. Australia has already set up a one-way travel bubble with New Zealand. Michael McCormack Explore Darwins exciting aviation history with the Aviation Attraction Combo Ticket Stokes Hill Wharf 557 Stuart Hwy Winnellie 2 Attractions for 1 Great Price Adult $39 | Child $21 For bookinGs 08 8983 5700 email@example.com rfdsdarwin.com.au ~c:;t;,L ~ ~ ~ ,r' ' Royal Flying Doctor Service