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Sunday Territorian 18 Apr 2021



Sunday Territorian 18 Apr 2021


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY APRIL 18 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA FUNDING FOR SAFETY NETS RESEARCH institutions, the not-for-profit sector and government organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants that will help support them in the event of a natural disaster. The NT Risk Reduction Program is jointly funded through a National Partnership Agreement between the Territory government and the Commonwealth. The program funds initiatives that reduce the risks and limit the impacts of natural disasters across the Territory, and seeks to maximise opportunities to invest wisely and provide effective response frameworks. To apply, visit grantsnt.gov.au before May 5. Driver crashes into parked car A POSSIBLE drink driver who crashed into a parked car in Alice Springs is lucky he didnt hit any pedestrians and wasnt seriously hurt, after being extracted from his car and taken to hospital. NT Police Southern Watch Commander Vicki Koum said police were called to the inci dent in Ptilotus Crescent, Sadadeen about 10pm on Friday. Once there it was established the driver of a RAV4 was travelling west along Ptilotus (Cres) and failed to see a parked car, being a Toyota Kluger and he crashed into the front left-hand side, she said. Sen-Sgt Koum said the driver was injured and had to be extracted from the vehicle. Its extremely fortunate that his injuries were not more serious, she said. He was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. It is believed that alcohol was one of the contributing factors and that matter is under investigation, and a summons no doubt will be issued in due course. No other passengers were in his car or the parked Toyota. WILL ZWAR Low clouds hung heavy over the harbour on Saturday as temperatures rose across the city. Picture: Che Chorley THE Top Ends first dry spell of the year did not signal the end of the Wet just yet, with plenty of clouds over the harbour distracting curious minds on Saturday. But the dryer burst brought a slight increase in maximum temperatures, with a top of 33C, while overnight minimums dropped to 24C and are expected to remain as low as 22C throughout the week. The surge is set to continue on Sunday and is expected to flush out the humidity in Darwin and surrounding areas, but only temporarily with humidity to return early next week and a slim chance of rain hovering over the Top End. Strong coastal winds are expected to remain on Sunday and into Monday. The Red Centre is expecting mild and windy conditions, with temperatures reaching the mid 20Cs for Alice Springs and 30C in Tennant Creek a couple of degrees below the April average. Minimum temperatures in Alice Springs will remain in single digits for the week. WILL ZWAR START OF DRY NO BYE-BYE TO WET, JUST YET Six COVID cases, all returnees SIX people who arrived in the NT on-board the same repatriation flight have tested positive to coronavirus in the past few days. The NT government has reported that, as of about 1pm yesterday, two women, aged 29 and 55, and four men, aged 31, 38, 40 and 42, who arrived in the Territory on a repatriation flight from Chennai on Thursday had tested positive to COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. All six people are staying at the Howard Springs quarantine facility and under the care of AUSMAT. They say the 40-year-old man is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 while the other five people are asymptomatic. The NT has recorded 120 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 79 from people who had arrived on international repatriation flights. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, and there had been no community transmission. ALICIA PERERA UNSUNG Territory sporting heroes will have their time in the spotlight this year, with the first Northern Territory Regional Sports Volunteer awards to be held in the middle of the year. The awards recognise volunteers efforts at a grassroots level to get clubs, games and competitions back up and running as communities transitioned out of the pandemic. Sport Minister Kate Worden said sporting volunteers deserved to be acknowledged in their place at the heart and soul of NT sporting organisations. These new awards are to say thank you, we know 2020 was a tough year and we are all getting used to the new normal. These awards are just another way we as a government and the Territory are adapting, she said. This is your opportunity to nominate those volunteers who contribute an enormous number of hours in voluntary work to keep our sports running. Nominations are open from April 19 to May 14 in volunteer member, volunteer coach, volunteer official and remote community volunteer categories. Spotlight on sport heroes We need peacekeepers AN NT politician wants the Territory and federal governments to invest in remote community based peacekeepers for solving conflict and creating order. East Arnhem independent Member for Mulka Yingiya Guyula (inset) says he is tired of seeing boatloads of Milingimbi people heading to court in Ramingining each month. The system is not working and things are only getting worse, Mr Guyula said. In a column for the Sunday Territorian he said, with commonwealth funding for remote policing coming to an end, the time was right to look to local communities for solutions to create long l a s t i n g change. In East A r n h e m Land, gumurr watjarrmirr is a way to describe elders and leaders who intervene in community unrest in order to keep the peace the literal translation is gumurr chest/frontline and watjarr peace, Mr Guyula said. I want to see the employment of community leaders and elders to do the work of gumurr watjarrmirr as peace keepers, who are properly resourced to work with communities and police, to create solutions for our people who need help. Mr Guyula said the current discussion by NT government and CLP opposition about reversing the bail laws worried and frightened him. Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro says her bail reforms target serial offenders who repeatedly put the community at risk and make them accountable for their crimes. She said repeat offenders, who make up most of those committing crimes, had to face tougher penalties. However, Mr Guyula said it was Aboriginal children who would be most affected by the changes proposed by the government and opposition. The more contact that our people have with the justice system, the more we see them become hardened and proud of a jailbird status, he says. Elders want to keep our children away from this system. Our Yolngu education system, Raypirri, is underpinned by the teaching of selfdiscipline, care for kin and community, and care for country. This is how we grow our children. Rather than becoming hardened by the system of correctional services, we want our children to become strong future leaders. Mr Guyula said damage from oppressive government policies like the Intervention, the Stronger Futures Policy, Super Shires and Growth Towns had had a devastating impact on communities. Investment in local peacekeepers is not the only answer this needs to come with an investment in solving the underlying problems, he said. We need to see an investment in housing and infrastructure, a genuine two-ways approach to education, small business development, training and job development, a fair and equal approach to funding homeland towns. We need to see all these as well as other local solutions. P17: YINGIYA GUYULA OPINION GARY SHIPWAY

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