The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021
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18 OPINION FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT NEEDS TO BE ALERT ON VIRUS UNTIL now, no other state orterritory could claim to haveas good a record on theCovid-19 front as the ACT.But just like that, the capital has been plunged into lockdown as the seemingly unstoppable march of this virus continues across the country. Melbourne, Brisbane and now Canberra have been hit, while regional communities in New South Wales have also been placed into snap lockdowns to avoid the further spread of the Delta variant. Amid this escalating national emergency, its important Territorians continue to roll up their sleeves. The events unfolding on the east coast are a warning that the pandemic is far from over. An outbreak here seems almost inevitable. But we do have time and tools available to limit the severity of an outbreak here. First, the virus can be stopped if we all check in and give contact tracers the best chance of getting ahead. Second, we can cut down on the number of transmissions and the burden on our already stretched hospital systems if we get vaccinated. Third, we can get tested if we develop any symptoms of coronavirus. Chief Minister Michael Gunner is right: the NT (and the country) is facing the most critical juncture of the pandemic. It will be up to every single Territorian to make sure we keep Covid-19 at bay for the time being. CRIME IS FREE FOR THOSE TOO YOUNG THEY always say crime doesntpay but for some youth, theyvemanaged to get a return. They can take home some cool stuff for free, over and over again. So much so that police have already identified, caught and spoken to a number of young offenders only for the group to repeat their crimes. Not just once but several times some Darwin CBD businesses are finding themselves targets of the same culprits. At one fuel station, up to five times in any given week. And even by the companys approved policies, they are powerless to stop the theft. Children as young as 11 have taken cans of drinks, packets of chips and bags of lollies while one ringleader distracts the staff with a genuine purchase. Nothing new there. But its now got to the point that its like a daily shopping list. Worse still, perhaps, the offending extends further to property damage and physical assaults on bystanders. CCTV cameras nab them for cops to only have the power to return the the youth back to their families. No justice for the businesses. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE THE thoughtful letter from David Laird (09/08/21) encapsulates the feelings of the other 35-plus letters published by the NT News over the past three months. They all lament the impending destruction of Lee Point by a Defence Housing Australia (DHA) project at Lee Point. While the valiant efforts by Friends of Lee Point, advocating a moratorium to develop a comprehensive plan for the area continues, the diggers have begun digging and reassessing of the wisdom of the project seems highly unlikely. The development will destroy the amenity, natural beauty and native habitat that the DHA embrace to promote and sell their building blocks. It is because of this that a future plan of the area is more vital than ever. The remaining remnants of bushland include several zoned public spaces. The much visited and vaunted Casuarina Coastal Reserve is not a statutory Park but could be. Only the Surf Club is leased in perpetuity. The remnants of zoned land at Lee Point must be rationalised and protected from developers insatiable appetite for public land and the government and councils enthusiasm for flogging it. Reviewing the zoning maps and numerous other plans, records and reports reveal a mind-boggling complexity of government and non-government stakeholders, jurisdictions and responsibilities for the area. They include: Federal Governments Dept of Defence and the Federal seat of Solomon; two NT electorates that are separated by Lee Point Road; several NT Government Ministries and numerous departments are involved; the Casuarina Coastal Reserve is administered by the Parks and Wildlife Commission; City of Darwin; Power and Water Authority; RDH; CDU; DCA (Development Consent Authority), The Club Tropical Resort Darwin; Lee Point Village Resort Caravan Park; Fire and Emergency Services; Larrakia Nation; AFANT; Landcare, Naturalist and Wildcare groups including Birdlife Australia; Sport, sea sport and recreation groups and several bilateral agreements to protect the shorebirds and endangered species; controversial dog exercise and cat containment issues; several heritage and sites of conservation significance and the control of feral animals, weeds and mosquitoes. You can probably think of more. A rational plan to protect the remaining area from inappropriate development would include a lawyers picnic in addition to the popularity of family picnics. Anyone with even a passing interest in these issues should view the City of Darwin website Green Darwin Strategy 2030. It is interesting to note their impressively presented strategy shows Muirhead as having the highest Heat-Health vulnerability index while the forest under the bulldozers across the road has the lowest. The most recent IPCC report predicts worldwide catastrophic climate breakdown unless we dramatically improve our stewardship of the natural world. A sobering thought. Is it time to start stopping? Is it possible to protect the last irreplaceable remnants of native bushland in our City which we destroy in haste and will lament at our leisure? Graham Kirby, Nightcliff CLIMATE CONCERN THE climate news this week has been sobering. Its very clear: our climate safety depends on turning off the fossil fuel tap. That means no new gas, oil or coal fields can be opened up. Weve got everything we need to produce and make money off our own Australian solar and wind resources. The federal government is trying to hand over $50m of our money to gas companies to frack the Territory. The NT Government likes to talk about climate action, but theyre backing huge new gas developments onshore and offshore. Its not good enough. While they argue, we can take practical action here in Darwin. Our city can support community solar, help Darwin residents to save energy with home refits and save on their bills with solar, and get Councils money out of fossil fuels. Councils Climate Emergency Strategy is a great start for this work. Cities around the world are leading and we can do the same here in Darwin. We just need to elect a Council that will focus on the future. Morgan Rickard, Council candidate, Chan Ward EMISSIONS EXCUSE MANY people, including Scott Morrison, like to use Chinas emissions as an excuse not to reduce ours. Speaking after the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Mr Morrison said, Chinas emissions account for more than the OECD combined (PM points finger at China, 11/08). Thats true, but only at this moment in time. A large share of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year hangs around for hundreds of years. Past CO2 emissions are still contributing to todays warming. Since the industrial revolution, the OECD has contributed four times the emissions that China has. Australia is happy to take Chinas money for coal but some then demonise China for burning it. We love to import and consume the low-cost goods China manufactures, and as a result, our carbon footprint per capita is twice theirs. Ray Peck, Hawthorn Darwin womens basketball Ansett player Jaylene Boundry. Picture: Glenn Campbell
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