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The Northern Territory news Wed 28 Apr 2021



The Northern Territory news Wed 28 Apr 2021

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32 OPINION WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 HANDS OFF LEE POINT Id like to bring to your attention the proposed plan to infill the rest of Lee Point with housing. This needs to be fought strongly because this area is used by Indigenous people. Im especially concerned for the saltwater Indigenous people living in Darwin who rely on Lee Point for bush hunting for food from both land and sea. If the area should ever be developed it should be for recreational purposes only (a links golf course would be amazing at Lee Point) where the public have right to roam (like The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland), so our Indigenous brothers and sisters can still gather food, and the public can go walking, off road mountain biking and our flora and fauna can stay largely in tact. Please encourage your readers and our members of parliament to oppose this plan! The NT doesnt have any international standard golf courses. The terrain at Lee Point would be ideal and if done as a Links course would require minimal amounts of water and would leave most of the flora and fauna untouched. Plus a golf course of international standard would attract a whole new array of tourists to the NT. Vicki Aitken, Rapid Creek CRUISE SHIP BAN STUPID Banning small cruise ships visiting Darwin. I thought this was a federal issue but I find now that it has been imposed by our NT Health Officer, Dr Heggie. He is saying they are doing this to keep Territorians safe. What rubbish. In the coming months we will be having events packed with interstaters V8 Supercars, Darwin Cup and Mindil Markets, to name a few. And dont forget all those from interstate already coming off The Ghan every week and the hundreds coming off planes every day. Isnt this as equally dangerous to Territorians as fewer than a hundred people from a small cruise ship visiting Darwin. Or are all these events going to be barred to interstaters too? The NT government has spent a lot of taxpayer money on advertising to get people from interstate to come to the Territory and now we are refusing entry to a small number from heavily screened cruise ships and all Australian. I have a small retail business in the city and the small cruise ships contribute quite a lot to my income which I, and many others, will now miss out on. Small businesses in retail and tourism have done it tough over the past year and this is just another kick in the guts to us all. Let the cruise ships visit and the passengers have a great time in Darwin. They tell their friends and relatives what a great place Darwin is better advertising than anything else. Sharon Kennedy, Safari Leisurewear CUT RETURNEE FLIGHTS The one-eyed application of compassion which allows incoming flights from high COVID countries risks the health, lives and employment of millions of people here. COVID infections resulting from quarantine arrivals have already caused deaths, lockdowns, ruined businesses, kept families apart, cost jobs and billions in subsidies to keep people afloat etc. Yes, there are extreme cases that warrant compassionate return but the effort and dollars spent on returning travellers with dual residency or citizenship, who are wealthy and fortunate enough to have a choice, would be better spent saving the lives of those in countries like India and Brazil who have no oxygen, no hope, no bank balance, no way out. That is true compassion. Prospective travellers should be advised to lock themselves down and sit tight until the situation eases and vaccinations have increased. Xan Fortuna, Rapid Creek ON CONCERNS OVER THE SURGEON SHORTAGE ON THE NT The staffing of Howard Springs by the NT government will be problematic. Rod Not sure if its still happening but some years back a friend, who is a surgeon, advised me that a good part of the problem are the specialists peak bodies. They deliberately restrict the numbers of specialists so when problems arise with shortages there are not enough to fill the gaps or enough in training to flow in. Tita ON ALCOHOL BEING BANNED FROM MARLOW LAGOON I have been observing this circus for decades, with the same measures adopted, based entirely on ignorance. Why must bureaucrats forever reinvent the wheel? First, there is a new element that affects behaviour and that is the large number of troublemakers from Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, and Port Augusta. Their behaviour is the worst. Send them back by making life as unpleasant as possible while they are here. Second, we have the technology. Apply iridology ID to identify problem drinkers. That way the rest of us can purchase alcohol without this police state harassment. Third, defund organisations that attempt to inflict their pathetic ignorance on the vast majority of Territorians. The whole point of police is to curb law-breakers. Police and laws currently target the law-abiding majority. Tony PMS CASH FOR DEFENCE A WAKE-UP CALL SCOTT Morrison is in the Ter-ritory and hes bringing an ar-senal of upgrades.The announcement that$747m will be spent on major upgrades to the NTs Defence training facilities, including a major expansion of Bradshaw, is big news. Local companies will get preference on lucrative contracts, with hundreds of jobs (at least) set to be created in the Northern Territory. This is a much-needed boost for an economy which only this week was called out by CommSec as the worstperforming of any state or territory. Its our hope that local businesses fully embrace the opportunity presented to expand their businesses, employ young workers and draw new residents to the Territory. But economic benefits aside, this is also a sensible acknowledgment of how important the NT has become geostrategically. The Bradshaw expansion includes a lengthening of the runway, an urban training location and medical precinct. It has enough capacity to hold a battalion, which is anywhere from 3000 to 5000 troops. It is almost four times the size of the ACT. If anyone doubted that Northern Australia was well involved in the geopolitical wrestle between the United States and China, todays announcement is a wake-up call. The Territorys importance is only going to become more pronounced as tensions between the superpowers grows. WILL MYILLY BE WORTH THE WAIT? THE highly anticipated Myilly Parkis about to open to the public.But, will it be worth the wait and the blowout budget? The park was supposed to be finished early last year but immediately hit road blocks in the form of asbestos. This blew the already eye-watering budget out by another $1m. It also blew the time out for when people could enjoy it by over a year. And, when Darwinites finally get a look, there is a concern that they will be wondering if they really got their moneys worth. Green space is an important part of keeping Darwin beautiful and enjoyable for residents but surely the government can figure out a way to deliver beautiful public spaces without the blown-out budget? Perhaps this project is a testament to how important it is to pre-plan and consult before going ahead with projects. It will save a lot of time and taxpayer dollars in the long run. Ashley Jones and Danielle Eveleigh and kids Amelia and Sebastian will be part of Walking Off The War Within. Picture: Glenn Campbell OPINION @ TWITTER @TheNTNews FACEBOOK facebook.com/TheNTNews @ @ @ POST EMAIL MOBILE PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 news@ntnews.com.au 0428 NTNEWS NT~ News SUPER SNAPS LETTERS WRITE To Us Make sure to include your name, address and phone number if verification is required. 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