The Northern Territory news Thu 7 Apr 2022
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Thursday April 7 2022 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA AN emergency meeting of the GleNTi committee to discuss the future of this years festival was postponed to from Tuesday to Wednesday night. Its understood the meeting will discuss the feasibility of this years Greek festival, as the committee works to make the event legal under chief health officer mandates. Its not clear why the emergency meeting was postponed. On Tuesday, Greek Orthodox Community of North Australia president Nick Poniris told the NT News there were no plans to cancel the event. There are lots of multifaceted aspects of GleNTi, Mr Poniris said. Youve got to take into consideration manpower Ive got 200 volunteers who cant because theyre not vaccinated. The festival might have to pay staff, such as backpackers, to man the stalls and that could mean a price increase to families. Mr Poniris would not say if the GleNTi would go ahead at its normal Esplanade location or if it would be downsized. Darwins Greek community has been divided over mandatory vaccination laws due to misinformation being spread among the population. GleNTi meeting postponed PHILLIPPA BUTT 500 plus Covid cases THERE were 513 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the NT over 24 hours, NT Health reported on Wednesday. There are currently 20 patients in hospital. There are three patients requiring oxygen and no patients in ICU. There were 390 cases recorded in the Top End region, 46 in Central Australia, 11 in East Arnhem, eight in the Big Rivers region, five in the Barkly region and 53 were under investigation. Of the new cases, 456 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). The number of active cases in the NT was 2922. $145m tender to complete precinct A $145M tender to complete the Civic and State Square precinct will be released this month. On Wednesday it was announced the tender would encompass the design and construction of: the State Square Art Gallery, Central Heart event space, a tropical tree walk, expansive events lawns, and forecourts. Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Minister Eva Lawler said the project was about transforming Darwins CBD into an attractive, green and cool capital city. Issuing this tender enables industry to plan for the future and know there are jobs on the horizon for Territorians, she said. A number of key elements are already delivered, including the State Square underground carpark, the Chan Building demolition and the transformation of a bitumen carpark to an interconnected green space for festivals and public parkland. It comes after the NT government awarded a $305,000 tender to Clouston Associates for the design of Liberty Square, a component of the precinct which commemo rates civic and cultural history. Construction on Liberty Square is anticipated to begin in late 2022. The Civic and State Square precinct is part of the Darwin City Deal between the Northern Territory and commonwealth governments. A masterplan for the precinct was completed in 2019, with a number of components already complete including the demolition of the Chan Building and the completion of the State Square underground carpark. Small Business Minister Paul Kirby said significant ef forts were being made to transform Darwin City into a green, vibrant place. This will be the culmination of what weve been working on for a lot of years, he said. Weve looked at all the green spaces that we have created. They were parts of the jigsaw puzzle. This will be the beating heart of the connecting it all together, connecting the Waterfront to the CBD, making sure that families have a beautiful space to come into. Browns Mart chief executive Sophia Hall said it was eager for the benefits of the project to the area. Browns Mart have been an art organisation for 50 years. To celebrate our 50th anniversary this year were opening up our courtyard all day long now, she said. I think certainly with the art gallery being installed just across the road from us, youve got an opportunity for a lot of people to come to our precinct for us to tell people whats on around the CBD. Ms Hall hoped the development in the precinct would inject more traffic and exposure into the Northern Territorys thriving arts scene. Artist impressions of the State Square Art Gallery and other parts of the Civic and State Square precinct. Pictures: Supplied (A)manda Parkinson 1300 525 323 delago.com.au ON LAKE BENNETTON LAKE BENNETT Stay for the DE LAGO RESORT DE LAGO RESORT While exploring the many other recreational activities on offer at RELAX REJUVENATE REVITALIZE (08) 8950 0500 alicesprings.nt.gov.au For further information, contact the Technical Officer Infrastructure & Assets on (08) 8950 0557. MANUFACTURE & INSTALLATION OF SHADE STRUCTURES Tender documents are available from www.tenderlink.com/astc or the Civic Centre, 93 Todd Street, from Thursday 31 March 2022. Responses must be lodged with Tenderlink, or deposited in the Civic Centre Tender Box, by 3pm (ACST) Thursday, 21 April 2022. Invitation to submit Tender: 202201ST Alice Springs Town Council invites tenders for ~ 'Q Alice Springs TOWN COUNCIL