It is interesting to note that Uluru visitation has declined …

Comment on Backpackers: beauty of country trumps fear for safety by Rex Neindorf.

It is interesting to note that Uluru visitation has declined over the past year a whopping 19%. It is also interesting to read from these travelers that they found Uluru “frustrating” due to it being over-organized. For many years Uluru has become more and more “structured” in the way it is governed and managed. This is clearly NOT what tourists want and it appears this is true considering the huge drop in visitation. Uluru has also “shot itself in the foot” by making it very hard to market for free. By this I mean that I have not been involved with a film crew shooting at Uluru since 1999. The many wildlife films I am involved with have refused to film at Uluru due to unrealistic demands placed upon them. The latest film company to pull out was just last year. These films are viewed by millions world wide and a major source of free advertising. Let’s hope that Parks Australia and the Traditional Owners take a step back and reassess their operations in order to resurrect the Park so that it once again becomes an iconic must-see place to visit.

Recent Comments by Rex Neindorf

Open speed limit starts tomorrow
Dallas @1 posted Feb 3rd is correct, slashing a wide strip on each side of the road will greatly increase safety.
I understand Marks @8 posted Jan 31st point of view. Old vehicles in poor repair will always be a hazard, no matter which speed they are being driven at.
I have been in the Territory since 1997 and lasted a decade here driving on roads with no speed limit until limits were enforced and I survived.
It is a fact that most deaths in the NT are attributed to fatigue, alcohol, lack of wearing seat belts and vehicles which are in poor repair and or overcrowded. Speed was and still is way down the list.
When I was traveling on open speed roads I was mainly doing 160km/h. Very occasionally would I be passed meaning that most people drove at a limit which they determined was safe.
Mark, there is nothing to stop a car doing 200km/h on any road, it’s just illegal but it still wouldn’t stop them.
Fatigue is far more likely to set in whilst doing 110km/h on a long straight stretch of road than doing 160 on the same road as when doing 160 I guarantee you are far more alert whilst driving.
As for driving at night doing these speeds, no way. Open speed is only safe during day time hours.
At dawn, dusk and even night time high speed would be an absolute danger to all concerned. Too many animals roaming and not a lot of fencing! I hit a horse a few years ago now around dusk doing about 90. Came out from behind a tree and did not see it at all until it was right in front of me.
I now have FLIR thermal imaging fitted to my vehicle which works exceptionally well. Coming back from Adelaide last year whilst sitting on about 100 in the middle of the night FLIR picked up three cows on the road well before I could visually see them. Dark cows are very hard to see at night but they give out a bucket load of heat.
It all comes down to driving with common sense and unfortunately it does not matter if there is a speed limit or not common sense is not always there. I would dare say that traveling a few of the speed limited and heavily policed eastern seaboard highways is and always will be far more dangerous than our newly open speed stretch of road.


The crucible of alcohol legislation
Is this fiction Russell? Only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are at risk of long term harm by alcohol? Or is it simply they are dead before the meaning ‘long term’ kicks in?


Editor injured in hit and run
Interesting to note that another person was cleaned up last Friday night near Maccas as reported in yesterday’s local printed paper. This hit and run routine appears to becoming commonplace around town. The one in town however should be easy for the cops to trace via CCTV you would think. Just one of the benefits of having a good security camera system in operation even though the local camera system is not as good as it could be.
Anyway Erwin, best wishes for a fast recovery and maybe you can also chase up and report on the other hit and run.


Mall skater’s $576 fine: is it fair?
Don’t worry Peter, October 15, 7:42am: Eight-year-olds won’t have to carry ID as anyone under 10 cannot be charged for anything in this country. Eleven-year-olds and over however better start packing their birth certificate!


Someone is going to die at this crossing, say councillors
We drove past the Heavitree Gap pedestrian crossing today and yes people were crossing at the southern end of the fence, all except for the one man who was leaning against the fence taking a piss in full view of all the passing traffic. This is by far the flashiest urinal I have seen in a long time!


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