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FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Ambulances in demand for multiple car crashes MULTIPLE people required ambulances after a string of car crashes across the Top End. St John NT operations manager Craig Garraway said the first crash occurred about 6pm on Wednesday. Roughly 40km out of Katherine we had a single-vehicle incident out there, Mr Garraway told ABC Darwin. Paramedics went out and retrieved a person and brought them back into the Katherine Hospital with only minor injuries. Mr Garraway said a car collided with a pole at Humpty Doo. A car ran into a power pole (Wednesday) night, again only minor injuries from that incident but we did transport a male patient to the Royal Darwin Hospital for assessment, he said. Mr Garraway said a two-car collision happened at a Berrimah intersection and, additionally, in the Darwin CBD an electric scooter incident occurred about 11pm. It was a 61-year-old male but unfortunately he didnt wait around for the ambulance to arrive for us to assess him, he said. So a busy day. Mr Garraway said as wet season neared people should be vigilant in maintaining their vehicles for safety. Dogs learn like children DOGS that are especially good with words can learn the names of their toys at a speed and scale comparable to a one-year-old human child, according to new international research. Researchers recruited six border collies from across the world who already knew the names of many of their toys, with the dogs going through several experiments where their owners were asked to teach them the names of new toys. Researchers found dogs could memorise the names of 12 new toys two months later and could learn words as quickly as a one-year-old child. Lock us in to $340m loss AN extra 12 months of border closures will cost the Territory economy more than $340m, a new study has found. Commissioned by the Property Council, the research identified a similar delay Australiawide would cost the national economy $226.2bn. The AEC Group analysed a 12-month delay scenario based on the federal government's 2021-22 budget assumptions and identified outcomes over a 10-year spread. The Territorys decade-long projection shows an additional 12 months of lockdowns will cost the economy $340.4m. NT Property Council executive director Ruth Palmer said the Territory could not afford the economic hit and pointed to the urgency of continued population growth to drive economic activity. Restarting population growth is vital for the recovery, she said. The Gunner government must work with other states to work together on their plans to progressively reopen international borders in line with the commonwealth framework. Under the commonwealths Covid recovery plan, state and international borders will reopen in November a scenario the Property Council supports. Reopening the Territorys borders will depend on vaccination rates and achieving an 80 per cent double dose rate. The NT government had previously announced it would ease some restrictions in November but it is not clear whether the Territory will have reached its vaccination targets by then. This new economic analysis shows the massive costs to the economy, jobs and tax revenues of delaying the reopening of our international borders and the normalisation of population growth, Ms Palmer said. We now have a federal framework for international reopening as vaccination levels meet the Doherty Institute milestones and we urge the Gunner government to align with this plan. The Property Council recognises that reopening international borders will require detailed work from all governments and that states cant reopen until vaccine milestones are reached. We know the only way to end the outbreak is to get vaccinated so our community and economy can be saved from the paralysing lockdowns. While we are fortunate here in the NT to not have experienced the long-suffering lockdowns, we are still experiencing the pain of border closures and economic uncertainty. Currently, we run a real risk of losing residents to the lockdown states once those vaccination targets are met and the road maps open. That is why we need to focus on the opportunities of population growth by targeting international migration and having a realistic population plan. The Territory cannot afford to be left behind when the borders reopen and the new normal begins. Now is the time to lead and show that the Territory is the best place to live, work and play. CAMDEN SMITH Danilo Mallari with his barramundi caught at Cullen Bay. Picture: Amanda Parkinson A QUIET morning at Cullen Bay has turned into a $10,000 catch for Danilo Mallari. He and his family had planned to go fishing about two hours out of town but a last-minute change of heart meant he was in the right place at the right time. My son said he didnt want drive that far so we came here, Mr Mallari said. The spot beneath the ferry jetty is a regular for the family who reeled in the 85cm fish. Other fishers said they could see the barramundis scales glinting as it took the bait and knew it was going to be a big one. It took the line under the jetty, but it wasnt too hard to reel in. Just a little step back and then forward and in it came, Mr Mallari said. We didnt even know it had the tag in it at first and then we turned it over and there it was. I was pretty nervous and excited. The fish is confirmed as the same one Minster Fyles released at the Darwin Ski Club just a week ago. Mr Mallaris catch is the second of the Million Dollar Fish competition, now in its seventh season. AMANDA PARKINSON OH-FISH-IAL: BANKING ON BARRA Quality Outcomes for Children and Young People Providing Education and Care throughout the NT for over 27 years! 8932 email@example.com|www.kentish.org.au Family Day Care We operate in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine & Tennant Creek Tennant Creek Child Care Centre From 6 months to school age 7:30am to 5:30pm Moulden Early Learning Centre From 6 weeks to school age 6:30am to 6pm Moulden Early Learning Centre Out of Home Care Care program for young people aged 0 to 18 years Labor's child care plan A Federal Labor Govt will increase the maximum child care subsidy to 90%. 97% of families will be better off. No family will be left behind. Authorised by L. Gosling, 3/266 Trower Road, Casuarina, NT 0810
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