The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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36 NEWS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 wondering if we will recover from 18 months of pandemic hardships whether they be social, economic or mental the answer is we will and well emerge stronger and better than before. There is definitely a sense of loss and disappointment in the class of 2020, and now the class of 21, McCrindle said. However, I actually think that there are a lot of positives to come from it and overall I believe that in 10, 20, 30 years, when todays youngsters look back on this time, they will say it was the making of me because it is creating resilience. It is forging character that people talk about. What we have now is a one-in-100year adversity it is a global and deep challenge at almost every level in life and yet were seeing the kids being resilient and adapting. I think young people will actually be the better for it in the long term. Completed last month, McCrindles research has looked at long-term data sets and established trends Australians will embrace within the next 10 years. He said while Covid has been the catalyst for significant changes to our lives over the past 18 months, it was the reset we needed to allow ourselves to reimagine a better life. We had everything we needed to work from home, we had all of the technology and the productivity tools, the shared project tools, the digital collaborative tools, time tracking, all of that existed, he said. But it did require the means, the motivation, the reason for us to suddenly get from home and prove that it worked and it has worked remarkably well. Its one of those massive changes that has been well accepted by employees who are appreciating the flexibility, the time saving from commutes and the cost savings as well. And the employers are happy with it, in terms of the measures of productivity have been strong. He said in the long term, workers would move to a hybrid model of half the week in the office, half at home. It is something thats here to stay, he said. Its been the biggest transformation to work in more than a century and it needed Covid to usher it in. The collective grief of lost moments school formals, milestone birthdays, cancelled holidays shall pass and Covid has caused a re-evaluation of life and what matters most, resulting in the countrys current mini baby boom. Were not particularly a nation that looks at life and priorities and values, we just get on with it and are very practical and pragmatic, McCrindle said. But Covid has caused us to prioritise. Its caused an evaluation of life and what matters most. Thats been evidenced by the little baby boom that were starting to see, with some local health district data showing theres been a mini spike in births and this is against a long-term trend of declining fertility rates. Thats a signal that the people are saying, you know what, we cant really afford it, were not really ready for it, but lets have another one. House prices are at record highs and those in employment are being forced to spend less so theyre splashing out on things that make them happy. Secondhand cars, boats and caravans are in hot demand and 63 per cent of Australians believe they will be in a better financial position by 2031 than they are today. In the next year or two, half of Australians plan on looking for a new home to rent or buy that incorporates more of what they value a backyard, detached housing and a home office. There is a lot of money thats out there and people are again (thinking) lets not die wondering, lets do it, McCrindle said. Weve seen people head to the bush or for the sea change, and thats always been the dream. That was never going to happen until a catalyst like Covid threw the cards in the air. Everything is up for grabs now that Towards 2031: REINVENTING AUSTRALIA THEY are the words everylocked down Aussie isdesperate to hear butrest assured, normal lifewill return.Saturday sport, birthday parties, visiting elderly relatives, dinners out with friends and even hugs and handshakes will all make a comeback in our new Covid normal, according to social researcher Mark McCrindle, whose new report Australia Towards 2031 looks at what life will be like in the next 10 years. With Covid as its catalyst, the country is in the midst of a massive transformation as demographic changes combine with huge social shifts, ongoing generational transitions and unprecedented technological innovation. We will be working longer, living longer and dreaming bigger, with a move to the regions and focus on community and connection never higher on the agenda. Ive heard people say we will never shake hands again, that is way off the mark, McCrindle told Saturday Extra The timeless human drivers for physical connection and the speed at which we return to old ways after a crisis mean the handshake and the hug have a bright future. The life that we generally know the kids playing the sport on Saturday, catch-ups at the cafe and having friends go to visit our elderly parents in aged care and birthday parties all those sorts of things are here to stay, and they will come back. But from regional growth to redefined work practices, its not the continuation of how things were, but the start of a whole new reality, he said. We are not experiencing a reset, as much as a reinvention. And if youre 36 Exclusive: Handshakes and kids sport will be back to stay but we will never return to life as we knew it before Covid according to new research. Lisa Mayoh reports Licia Curro and her family have already moved from Sydney to Mudgee where she has opened a new business.
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