POINTS TO PONDER

Beware!! If you live at towns, locations and places off the Stuart Highway in the NT, southern suppliers of goods may require the goods to go to a Darwin or major town address, because they do not believe you live where you live.

Goods then have to be readdressed and forwarded by a relation or friend at a doubling of freight costs. This is happening far too often.

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The PM should sack all those parliamentary staffers who prove to be disloyal through promoting scandal and gossip. Breaches should be punished by instant dismissal and the cancellation of accrued work benefits.

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The youth who are now taking the NT apart and running out of control in cities, towns and communities, are the children of parents who were running loose and destroying the place one or two decades ago.

What hope have today’s wild youngsters got at redemption, when all they are doing is modelling the way their parents behaved during their formative years.

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An Urban Farmer’s Major Challenge – Second post

I am an urban farmer facing several challenges. The major challenge has two parts.

The first problem is there are no longer bees, green ants, and other insects that fertilise flowers, present in our neighbourhood.

When we first came here in 1987 there were an abundance of green ants, plenty of bees and other insects that assisted when it came to fertilisation. Now, for whatever reason they are all gone.

I saw a bee the other day, on a passionfruit vine in our backyard. It was a rarity. I haven’t seen another one since. I have asked why it is that these insects have vanished but nobody seems to have an answer to my question.

The second problem is the confusion of weeds, coffee bush seed (carried by birds and conveyed by wind) that quickly germinates, and creepers that come over our fence, courtesy of neighbouring properties.

Controlling this unwanted invasion (which is constant year around) takes time and also costs money. Weedkillers do not come cheaply.

(As I fully funded two of our three division fences, I feel some ownership of what happens when it comes to the use.)

These and other inconveniences have to be dealt with, if urban farming is to be a success.

So much for a grizzle, but it’s important that others realise what I confront when it comes to the challenges of nature confronting urban farmers.

I am an urban farmer – first post.

I am going share on LinkedIn and add to my blog, my “togetherness blog“ a little series about one of my occupations at the moment.

In retirement, one of the things I have discovered about flash terminology is the term “Urban Farmer“. I did not identify quickly as being an urban farmer, but the term has a certain warmth and it sticks.

As an urban farmer who has an 800 square block with a backyard and some fence lines, I face both challenges and have the opportunity to celebrate. I’m going to share a little over the next period of time about both.

Some of my posts will talk about the frustrations experienced as an urban farmer. Others will talk about the things I’ve been able to do and tell about the produce I have been able to share.

There will be some giveaways that are offered and all my giveaways are free to anyone who might like to use them. I’m not an urban farmer for profit but rather for the fun and for the frustration that it offers.

Urban farming is not a bad occupation for a very old man.

POINTS TO PONDER

• The number of deaths in custody should be published by state and territory each month. The deaths should be shown as indigenous, non-indigenous and total.

• The matter of Christian Porter 33 years ago, was a situation involving two teenage children.

• The upcoming fortnight in Federal Parliament will involve two weeks that are about fruitless speculation.

• Dealing with the speculative and the sensational means that concrete issues and matters of serious consequence are avoided.

• The most recent person to join an organisation is often the one who “sounds” like the most experienced.

POINTS TO PONDER

Garth Crowhurst’s issue over his house being rejected for insurance purposes by TIO (NT News 11/3) because of break-in frequency is disquieting. Mr Crowhurst’s experience moves the situation of uninsurability confronted by many businesses to the home front. Government platitudes about fixing crime are just that – mouthed intentions that will never be actioned. Darwin and Palmerston are increasingly cities of victims.

I think the airlines are having a loan of government with their ‘crying poor’. Domestic flights are hardly skeletal in terms of frequency and return to regular timetabling. With repatriation flights and given that over 100,000 people have been cleared for overseas destinations during the pandemic, flights out of Australia are far from non existent. And with government about to subsidise 50% of airfare costs to tourist destinations, watch out for airlines to hike fares.

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POINTS TO PONDER

Congratulations to AFLNT CEO Stuart Totham and his management term for so quickly and decisively organising an inquiry into the recent fracas after the Under 18 St Mary’s v Wanderers game at Marrara Football Park.

The League’s action should dampen the enthusiasm of those who might be inclined to contemplate such behaviour in the future. Maintaining behavioural standards cannot be overlooked.

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Various institutes and organisations concerned with economic development of the CBD are urging the Council and aldermen standing for election to focus on the city’s needs and its future.

This urging is somewhat anachronistic; our city fathers already do that and will surely continue in the same vein beyond the August election. It’s the suburbs that dip out on the care and intention they deserve. That neglect is unlikely to change.

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With Trevor Jenkins the “Rubbish Warrior” again in court (NT News 10/3) , we ought not forget there are two sides to every coin. Mr Jenkins has earned not one but two Pride of Australia medals for his contributions to our Territory.

I would vouch-safe him to be the only Australian and certainly the only Territorian to be twice honoured with pride medals. This makes him one of a very positive kind of person.

IN DEFENCE OF LINKED IN

I had a person dispute my contention posted on “The Conversation” in which I maintain that Linked In is abpout professional rarther than social (as in Facebook, Twitter and so on) contexts. I replied as follows:

“Sorry _____ but LInkedIn operates on the basis of being about a professional context of communication and that is the way it is used. On the very few occasions I have come across a socially oriented post, it has been accompanied by posts suggesting this to be an inappropriate use. People may at times post of PROFESSIONAL success and accomplishment but that is about as far as it goes. It also covers contribuition within organisation and recognition of occupational success.

It does not descend to nasty and slimy posts that scarily people and personality. To that extent and for those reasons it is uplifting in purpose and not degrading in intention.”

10/3/2021

POINTS TO PONDERy

I am very much alarmed and deeply disturbed by the news that the NT Government is going to take over the management of all international arrivals going into quarantine from the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.

My fears are magnified by the fact that the international intake will increase by 1,200 (to 2,000) each fortnight and that 400 staff have to be recruited (and obviously trained) to manage a cohort which will invariably bring the more virulent and aggressive strains of Covid into the NT. I believe this change will hugely escalate the risk of this virus escaping into the community.

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The NT Government and our citizens should not accept PM Morrison’s personal position on euthanasia and meekly roll over in defeatist supplication to his views on the issue.

His denial of our entitlements as citizens simply because we are Territorians is archaic, also tantamount to big brother bullying behaviour. This campaign MUST gain momentum and be pursued; we must not wimp out and weakly accept a denial of our rights.

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All power to the NT News for its portrayal of the Territory’s 100 most powerful women.

In essence, women rule the world and are coming to that realisation. Their awakening may have been slow but is now upon us.

POINTS TO PONDER

It seems to me that the differences of opinion between indigenous communities and pastoralists on the one hand and exploration companies on the other over the issue of underground water contamination by gas extraction processes, is far from over.

Under no circumstances must the quality of aquifer and artesian water be compromised. With our movement toward renewable energy the way forward, our gas needs are temporary. Water needs are everlasting and preservation of water quality is essential.

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Since international borders were closed, 100,000 persons holding Australian citizenship have successfully applied for exemptions to travel overseas (ABC News 3/3).

Now THAT explains the growing numbers of Australians overseas wanting to come back and vociferously blaming government for flight waitlists. The notion of closed international borders is a joke.

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