READING

Words by Luke Gosling

Words by Luke Gosling

We begin to see clouds form in the sky now, and every so often there are two or three slightly stickier days in a row, before we get a couple of cooler ones. It’s been a wonderful dry season, with a whole series of fantastic events for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Way back in the mid- 80’s Billy Ocean had a hit with a song called ‘When the going gets tough the tough get going.’ For me this is the theme for the build-up. We know it’s going to get a bit warm and a bit humid – it happens every year. But we know what to expect and how to manage it. We’ll get through it just like we always do. Then one great day in December the serious rain will arrive and we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the big tropical storms.But as it gets hotter, we get thirstier! Like many Territorians I enjoy a cool glass of beer or a G&T on a hot day, but I also recognise that alcohol misuse causes problems in the Territory and around Australia. That’s why I’ve decided to become an ambassador for ‘Ocsober’. Give some thought to joining me. We might even lose a couple of kilos!

These next few warmer months present a good opportunity for locals to visit or re-visit some great attractions. The Museum and Art Gallery – down at Vestey’s Beach opposite the Ski Club – offers free admission and a range of exhibits of interest to people of all ages. And the air conditioning there is magnificent! The Defence of Darwin Experience at East Point is also well worth a look. This modern, interactive installation allows people to get a sense of what it was like to be in Darwin on that dark day in February 1942 when over 200 lives were lost in our city.

Meanwhile our IdeasFest series is continuing. At the end of October I will be running Ideasfest Indonesia with the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association NT (AIYA) at the CDU Waterfront Campus. There are 260 million people living in this mighty archipelago on our front doorstep. The opportunities for trade, cultural exchange and strategic co-operation are enormous. There are a growing number of folk here in the Top End who have established important ‘people -to-people’ relationships with Indonesian business partners and friends. Come along to hear more about Indonesia and opportunity – and to sample some Indonesian delicacies. You can get more details here and register by visiting topendideasfestindonesia.com/

In Canberra we have been fighting for Territory Rights. Last month, we also co-hosted ‘Facing North’, an event showcasing Territory businesses and the innovation and opportunity here in the North. Well done to the Darwin Major Business Group on all of their hard work that made the evening such a success.

The new Prime Minister called his own Government a ‘Muppet Show’ and it’s difficult to disagree. We need focussed, responsible people to run the country and to ensure that northern Australia realises its potential. We also need a government that is open to capitalising on the skills and capacities of women.

The Territory deserves a federal government to use resources of government to give things a kick start here in the Top End so that we can get on with business. We’ve been waiting for the promised Darwin City Deal to be signed for over 500 days now – let’s see it signed and get the job creating projects moving.

Cheers

Luke


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