Hold the junk food, please, we’re Territorian
BURGER-LOVING Aussies are spending more than $640 million every month on greasy fast food and restaurants, new research shows.
Commonwealth Bank data reveals its average Aussie customer is spending about $90 per month on fast food, a 20 per cent increase since July 2015; and $143 each month on restaurants, up 6 per cent in two years.
However, Territorians are the most restrained in the nation, spending the least – $74.22 per month on fast food and $103.83 per month at restaurants. This is well below the biggest spenders, NSW – who splurge $84.19 per month on fast food and $129.57 per month at restaurants.
Given a choice, Darwinite Neeladri Mitra would rather visit a restaurant than a takeaway outlet, for healthier menu options.
He was shocked at how much Aussies were spending on junk food.
Mr Mitra said he wasn't the biggest fast food fan, but loved the taste and convenience of the occasional Hungry Jack’s Whopper.
“From time to time, I do get fast food when I’m working late nights, and I can’t cook at home,” he said.
Commonwealth Bank executive general manager digital Pete Steel said dining out was most popular among millennials. “People under 30 make up almost half of all fast food purchases, and a third of restaurants’ trade – interestingly, they’re not the ones spending the most money,” he said.
“Customers aged 40 to 45 spend the most per month on fast food, potentially because they are purchasing meals for a family, while those aged between 50 and 55 spend the most in restaurants.” DARWIN Council, the company that runs Gardens Link Golf Course and a tree lopping firm have started the legal finger-pointing over the 2014 death of William “Bill” Brown, who died after being struck by a falling African Mahogany branch.
The NT News revealed in July that Mr Brown’s family had started legal proceedings against the council and the two companies for “injury and loss” stemming from Mr Brown’s death.
In Supreme Court documents, released to the NT News, arborist Active Tree Services Pty Ltd claims African Mahogany trees are not uniquely dangerous and that it “discharged the standard of care reasonably expected ... of an arborist company carrying out the works”.
“In some circumstances (African Mahoganys) are prone to sudden limb failure but (the company) says that all large trees are prone to sudden limb failure ...” the company’s defence says. The company says the branch that fell and hit Mr Brown looked unremarkable and “was no more likely to structurally fail than any other branch in the crown of the tree.” The company says even if the branch had been trimmed, it would not have made the tree safer, and would have exposed people below to branches higher up, with “an increased free fall distance”.
Darwin Council says two of its managers spoke with golf course manager Roger Dee just under a month before the branch broke, and “identified risk issues with certain trees on the golf course following storm damage”, including the tree which claimed Mr Brown’s life.
The council says the company which operates the golf course, Perry Park Pty Ltd, was responsible for paying for trees to be removed and pruned.
The council also says it delegated “control and occupation of the golf course and trees growing on the golf course” to Perry Park.
The tree-lopping company, in turn, says it trimmed dead wood from the tree in March 2014 but that Perry Park never asked it to undertake any work on the branch that fell.
Following an inquest into Mr Brown’s death, Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh said leaving the tree, “as it was, in the location in which it was, without any protective measures being put in place for patrons was, in the broader sense, negligent”.
Neeladri Mitra doesn’t mind the occasional burger but is shocked at how much people spend on fast food