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The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021



The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021

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SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Festival Park is set to open a day early. Picture: Elise Derwin DARWIN Festivals Festival Park will open a day earlier after the opening night performance became the latest act to be impacted by Covid-19. The Santos Opening Night Concert, Bugul, has been postponed. An opening night event will be held at Festival Park, with the main festival area opening a day earlier to accommodate the change. The handful of postponed or cancelled shows across the festival had sold a combined total of 5000 tickets. Darwin Festival artistic director Felix Preval said an extra performance of Club Briefs had been added to the INPEX Sunset Stage line-up for Thursday, August 5. We are disappointed that we wont be able to stage this years Santos Opening Night Concert, Mr Preval said. We looked at so many options to try and make this work, but with so many variables it just wasnt possible to proceed. He said there were other shows scheduled to make up for those that had been impacted. We have added extra dates for existing popular shows like Karen From Finance and Oliver Twist, he said. JUDITH AISTHORPE FESTIVAL PARK TO OPEN EARLY DRONES could be used to ferry supplies to and from remote communities, as the NT government seeks the publics opinion on how the technology should be used in the Territory. A new survey has opened, with the government asking Territorians what role they would like to see drones perform. Among the four priority opportunities for government and industry is whether drones could play a role in delivering food and medicine to remote communities. D r o n e s could also be used for weed management. Digital and Corporate Dev e l o p m e n t Minister Paul Kirby said the industry was expected to grow to be worth $43bn by 2025. The drones industry has the potential to deliver direct jobs and investment for the Territory, while boosting some of our key industries and improving important services to Territorians, Mr Kirby said. Industries that would benefit from drone technology include health, defence, agribusiness, maritime, mines and energy, as well as fire and disaster management. The government said development of digital industry was a major recommendation of the Territory Economic Reconstruction Report, with a local drone industry a component of this aim. The Territory is uniquely placed with its location, geography and climate and there is a clear opportunity for the Territory to engage in the fast growing drones market and be at the forefront of innovation, Mr Kirby said. The survey opens on Saturday, will run until August 17 and is available at: haveyoursay.nt.gov.au Drone deliveries on way in Territory? THOMAS MORGAN Minister Paul Kirby. DIRECTOR of National Parks Jody Swirepik will plead not guilty to a charge of carrying out works on a sacred sight at Kakadu but says she is committed to working with Traditional Owners to resolve the dispute. The court action centres around a walking track built at Gunlom Falls which the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority alleges was done without the TOs permission. On Friday, Ms Swirepiks lawyer, David Robinson SC, told the Darwin Local Court she would be pleading not guilty to the charge. But in a statement, Ms Swirepik said the plea would be entered at the request of commonwealth AttorneyGeneral Michaelia Cash, to allow significant constitutional issues, which do not turn on the particular facts of the Gunlom walking track matter to be hashed out. The matters before the court are now outside of my control while the applicability of the relevant offence to commonwealth bodies is being determined by the court, she said. Todays plea was necessary and in fact, the result of directions from the Attorney-General to allow the constitutional law issues to be addressed. It does not diminish my commitment to working with Kakadus Traditional Owners to protect sacred sites and pre serve the natural and cultural heritage of Kakadu National Park now and into the future. Ms Swirepik said she was committed to rebuilding the relationship with Kakadus TOs and addressing their concerns with the Gunlom walking track. I have expressed to Traditional Owners my wish to continue consultation to plan a suitable realignment of the Gunlom walking track, she said. We have agreed to meet next month to progress these critical planning discussions and importantly, an authority certificate has already been obtained from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for this work. 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