Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7 2021 NEWS 03 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA The owner of the Nightcliffbased Lucky Bat also opened the Bat Bakery in the CBD in June. The bakerys premises will also trade as a bar from next year. Green tree frogs are croaking loudly since the rains have come in. Picture: Julianne Osborne THE wet season has brought the Top Ends green tree frog population surging back. Green tree frogs are seldom seen during the Northern Territorys drier months but with monsoonal rains pooling into cool puddles and temporary ponds of fresh water, natures most sensitive animals, frogs, are at home. Jodi Rowley, a frog biologist at the University of NSW and with the Australian Museum, said the NT was bloody brilliant for frogs. They love the rain and have just been chilling and waiting to come out, she said. Theyre sure to be hopping about. Due to the Top Ends radical fluctuation in climate throughout the year, the green tree frog population is limited to a few months of activity, breeding and child rearing every year. Unlike reptiles, frogs eggs have no shell, leaving them exposed to the elements. Unless they live in extremely wet places, frogs need rain for temporary pools of water to lay their eggs, Dr Rowley said. While the rain brings them out, biologists arent entirely sure where frogs hide for the rest of the year. We still have a lot to learn about frogs, Dr Rowley said. Green tree frogs likely hide in trees, as obvious as that sounds, and will get into holes and nooks in the branches. They also love human creations, which is why you find them in toilets and pipes. The delicate biology of frogs is why their populations are declining worldwide. Dr Rowley recommends keeping harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, out of the garden and keeping cats indoors at night to stop them preying on the local amphibian population. She also runs the FrogID project, an app that encourages people to record sightings from their local frog population to keep track of healthy environments. The NT does brilliant when it comes to the FrogID project, Dr Rowley said. JACK ADLAM FROGS MAKING THE MOST OF WET SEASON PUDDLES New CBD late night bar A CBD spin-off of the popular Lucky Bat bar in Nightcliff is hoping to serve booze and pizzas into the wee hours of the morning after its liquor licence was approved. Owner Justin Schmidt wants the yet-to-be-opened Bustard Town, on Knuckey St in Darwins CBD, to be a restaurant bar serving wood-fired pizza, tapas and Argentinian grill. Mr Schmidt told the NT News he was hoping to open the new venue by March 1. An application to allow Bustard Town to serve alcohol between 11am and 2am daily was put before the NT Liquor Commission last month. As a condition of the approval, the kitchen must stay open until 90 minutes before closing time. If Bustard Town wants to remain open until 2am, that means the kitchen would have to open until 12.30am. As part of the approval, the Liquor Commission said it was only approving the licence because the submission promised late night dining, a ser vice that is not currently available to Mitchell St precinct patrons. The commission said it was further convinced to approve the licence because of Mr Schmidts impressive record of successfully establishing and operating attractive licensed venues in both suburban Darwin and inner-city Melbourne. The commission is satisfied that issuing the licence and associated authorities is in the public interest, it said. No objections from nearby residents or businesses were received during the consultation process. The venue will have a capacity of 250 patrons. As part of the new premises, an outdoor kitchen, including a wood-fired oven, would be installed, as well as two shipping containers retrofitted into a coolroom and toilet facility. When the Bat Bakery, opened in June, Mr Schmidt said it was the first of a threestage plan to turn the 1000sq m premises into a hospitality attraction. What weve got open now is only a first draft, he said. We wanted to open and get some cash flow and keep tinkering. Mr Schmidts Nightcliff business, Lucky Bat, has become one of the most popular watering holes in Darwins suburbs. We propose to create an up-market venue targeting the professional and the urbane who are seeking a quality outdoor dining experience, he said. We wish to bring Lucky Bats energy and ethos of good fresh food to the city. THOMAS MORGAN Justin Schmidt. THE NT News and Sky News have taken out gold awards and a slew of silver at the 2021 NT Media Awards. Sky News reporter Matt Cunningham won the prestigious Journalist of the Year title on Saturday night. Cunningham also took home the Indigenous Affairs Reporting category for his exclusive on then-treaty commissioner Mick Dodson being aggressive towards Aboriginal women. The reporter also won Best News Coverage in the television/radio category for similar work. The judges acknowledged Cunninghams professionalism, thorough research, investigation and follow up pieces that led to Mr Dodsons resignation. For her body of work at the NT News, Sarah Matthews won Marchbanks Young Journalist of the Year. Matthews was commended for her coverage of diverse issues that were highly important to the NT and nationally. The NT News Restore Our Rights fight for Territorians to be able to make their decisions on issues such as euthanasia earned Judith Aisthorpe and Madura McCormack the Pete Davies Memorial Campaigning Journalism award. For his photographic coverage of the Tiwi Islands football grand final, Che Chorley took out the Visual Storytelling category. Meanwhile, Kylie Stevensons Australias secret war in Borneo in The Weekend Australian won the Best Feature Writing category. NT News editor Denise Cahill said winning the major awards for a series of strong Territory reports that attracted interest locally and nationwide cemented the papers position as the best news outlet in the Northern Territory. Its been a big year for news, albeit challenging at times, and these awards are a credit to the hard-working journos reporting on issues that matter to the Territory day in and day out, Cahill said. Two top gongs, many others for NT News, Sky News at awards Matt Cunningham is the NT Journalist of the Year for 2021
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