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12 OPINION TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 DANGERS OF BRUMBIES Your header Outrage at horse culling is inappropriate. I have personally witnessed a collision between horses and a car on a busy road. The Ford XP station wagon was destroyed, with the roof torn off and the chassis twisted out of shape. Four children and their parents suffered serious injury and had to be hospitalised. Whose lives matter more? Children and their parents? Or the feral horses? Julius Sanders LITTLE MINDIL IMPACTS 2021 may be a year to remember for the way a pandemic changed the world but I will remember 2021 as the year when the government cleared the way to change the face of Darwin forever. The much loved parcel of land that we locals know as Little Mindil has been quietly rezoned and the covenant that has protected the open character and public accessibility throughout the area for the last 10 years has been secretly discontinued by agreement between the owner and the government. Instead of 1000s of Darwinites being able to use the land and foreshore for their quiet enjoyment, the land will host one of the most oversized and ill thought through commercial developments in the Territory. And we the taxpayers are likely to have to foot the massive bill for the roadworks along Gilruth Ave and relocation of the electricity and telecommunication cables that supply the other side of Darwin Harbour that will be required to support this development. Yes we need continued development but development should help our city to reach its potential rather than detract from it. Deb BACKYARD BIRDWATCHING Great to see your Kakadu Bird Week article (NT News, 27 Sept) and read about the 280 bird species on the national parks list. For those that cant get to Kakadu this week, try the much closer Lee Point area which has had over 250 bird species. An added plus right now is the 4000 shore birds on the beach there at high tides, perhaps a little tired after flying from Russia and with more arriving every day. David Percival FREE PLANTS RUN OUT Preserve trees we have. I am a born and bred Darwinian and Cyclone Tracy survivor. I got to the Malak Oval carpark on Friday 24/09/21 at 9.10am. Not wanting to wait in line for six FREE native seedlings. I wanted first picks! I got my six. Unfortunately there were no mimusops or cycads so I just took the seedlings of trees I grew up with. I had phoned City of Darwin on Tuesday morning and spoke with lovely Sue (Suzanne) and she said you need photo ID and proof you live in the electorate. I had my evidence, others did not. The woman second in line behind me said I live in Mandorah!. Others said I live in Palmerston etc. Well, they were bounced by Kon who said only Darwin ratepayers get free seedlings because they pay Darwin rates. For once I agreed with him. I walked past about 140 people waiting in line with my six seedlings. I was later told all the seedlings were gone at 10.30am. Ratepayer, Marrara ON THE FISHO CASTING A LINE IN CROC WATERS Darwin award contestant? Rolf He should fish at night, he will have much better chance of getting a bite! Bob Whats the difference seeing this guy in the water and seeing 80 or so in the water at the tin can regatta? When this event was on I couldnt believe my eyes seeing so many people swimming. David Dont forget the jellyfish now Timothy This whole croc thing is starting to get way over sensationalised. Is there a risk of a croc getting him absolutely. Was there a risk of an accident driving to the boat ramp absolutely (higher probably). Jim ON A CAR BEING STOLEN IN DARWINS CBD WHILE LEFT RUNNING AND UNATTENDED Nothing is safe across NT anymore, but some still figuring that one out! Julie Pon Asking to get stolen. Carlton Lamberto Apart from the illegality of leaving a car unattended and running, how was this not an invitation to take the car for a run? Tony Graham Doh! Least they did not have to break a window. Kim Wark Who would do that? Jane Dolly Craig ON HORSE CULLING ON THE ARNHEM HWY Much to do about nothing. Leaving a carcass is not inhumane. A humane killing is required. Many people need a reality check. Check how we get meat from an animal. Brian Years ago there was outrage when KNP feral animal control shot horses that actually belonged to people. David Foreign workers at a farm in the Douglas Daly region harvesting melons before the Territory produce gets packed and sent off to be sold. Picture: Glenn Campbell PUTTING THE NT BACK INTO QANTAS QANTAS has been a main-stay of the Territory econ-omy for a century areliable and reassuringpresence in the turbulent world of commercial aviation. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd was registered in 1920. The NT in Qantas was a nod to the plan to fly overseas from Darwin. Its been years since commercial flights berthed here, but the Covid crisis means Darwin may again be a stopover on the way to London. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce announced on Monday the airline would shelve its flagship Perth-London service until at least April 2022. Darwin and Singapore are the two destinations slated to replace the West Australian capital, which makes the choice a simple one for Mr Joyce and Qantas. To inform his decision, the CEO need only consider Darwins success as a hub for Qantas repatriation flights from Europe, Asia and the Middle East over the past year. Thousands have flown in and out of the Territory safely and efficiently. The systems are in place and able to meet the added demand that a daily Melbourne-Darwin-London flight would place on the airport. Qantas is expected to make a final decision within a fortnight. Key to its discussions with the NT government will be the logistics of the Territorys Covid-19 stage three plan. If Qantas re-routes here, it will be acknowledgment of the Territory governments sensible management of Covid-19 from border controls to minimal lockdowns. The Territory has been at the frontline of Australias coronavirus response and re-routed flights to London would be a dividend from that. Mr Joyce is welcome to come to the Territory to see what weve done so far and hes even more welcome to stay here as long as he wants. We are Australias comeback capital and a direct DarwinLondon flight would be a massive feat showcasing the Territory to the world Michael Gunner
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