Yes Brendan. You can write off any tourist season this …

Comment on High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero. by Gavin Carpenter.

Yes Brendan. You can write off any tourist season this year 2020, will be not much better 2021 and maybe something will happen by 2022/3.
Self funded retirees make up a large number of travellers, they are taking a hit with reduced dividend income, other oldies are tightening their spending patterns.
Families are looking at education problems and any spare cash will be put toward paying the mortgage rather than holidays.
As we all know, the NT is not a cheap place to visit. All states will be offering good deals for locals to experience, they are coming out now for future travel.
There will be a number of tourist operators fall by the wayside, never to return.
This in turn will reflect on other business operators who rely on a tourist season to give them that extra bit of business and consequent cash flow to keep people employed.
At this point in time the NT is not in a good position to face the full a force of this virus issue. It will really start to hit the fan in the next few months.

Recent Comments by Gavin Carpenter

How not to manage government finances: The case of the NT
Well written by someone who has an understanding of finance a little above the treasury mandarins who are paid big dollars to give the government financial advice and keep them on track.
The Territory will never be in a position to repay the current Government debt and the longer the spending continues as is, the interest alone will eat up the income.
The fan will be really hit hard in the next few months when current government largesse stops or is cut back, businesses suffering now will have the wet/summer slow period to survive through, jobs will be cut further, banks are going to want their mortgage payments to start again and the average household will tighten up on spending. Not a good scenario.
I hope I am wrong.

Library no go for unaccompanied Alice teens
Well said Ted.
Maybe we will consider using the library again if there are no more games of hidee and chasey around the book shelves by unruly kids.

Thinking big, anyone?
So the wheel goes around again. It was a big talking point 50(?) years ago with Lang Hancock in WA and Joh in Queensland.
Prior to the Alice Darwin rail happening, a presentation in Tennant by Tim Fisher talked in detail about the east west and north south rail lines being essential to the growth of the north, a very interesting concept.
Unfortunately, the majority of the Federal pollies live on the eastern seaboard and have no idea of anything much past their front door.
They also seem to have little desire to learn or support much past their electoral boundary where any funds expended give little help to getting them re elected. Fortunately through hard work and a lot of luck the north south line has eventuated, perhaps one day in the far distant future an east west line may come about.

Slash and burn at CDU: Alice loses out
Oh how the wheel goes around and around.
Having spent a number of years on the old TAFE council, (oldies would remember that) similar happened.
The whole process was dismantled after considerable expense getting it up and running to a very satisfactory training organisation with considerable local input and involvement.
Staff who were doing a reasonable job left, many for interstate, due to bureaucracy and interference from above and the whole place collapsed.
A very sad state of affairs and a serious loss to the Territory and the students involved at the time.

Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval
“The gallery will bring back the airlines, It will bring back visitors to our town. It will give a huge boost to our economic rebound.”
What are these clowns smoking?? I want some.
They didn’t come down in the last shower, it was a hail storm and their brains got belted on the way. The only “boost” will be more debt added to the already overblown Territory budget.
A half decent business plan of how this proposed art gallery will all work may be convinced me it is a good thing.
Until then it is all pie in the sky bureaucrats and government wasting more money and time. As for the high school site being suitable, just more idiocy from [people] who really have no idea.

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