Mov­ing time for fam­i­lies

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - PHILLIPPA BUTT

DAR­WIN’S mov­ing busi­nesses are work­ing harder than nor­mal, with anec­do­tal re­ports find­ing more peo­ple are leav­ing the Ter­ri­tory.

Top End Re­movals spokes­woman Tayla Shale said while this time of year was start­ing off the busy sea­son for the com­pany, work had al­ready started up.

“It’s def­i­nitely look­ing big­ger this year,” she said.

“A lot of peo­ple choose this time of year to move, it gives them the hol­i­days to get their lives sorted and the kids can start a new school in the new year, but it’s def­i­nitely big­ger.

“Our peak sea­son starts from Novem­ber 20, but we’re al­ready get­ting busy.”

Ms Shale said the con­tain­ers sent away were not al­ways com­ing back full. “We do de­liver peo­ple into their homes that have come from in­ter­state, but more peo­ple would be leav­ing the Ter­ri­tory, I would think,” she said.

“But we do de­liver freight that’s com­ing in.”

Ms Shale said there were a lot of new post­ings for Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies this time of year.

“It’s re­ally good for our busi­ness,” she said.

There are 2436 De­fence per­son­nel liv­ing in the Dar­win sub­urbs, while 1452 De­fence per­son­nel live on bases through­out the NT.

The lat­est de­par­ture of ADF per­son­nel is the 300 mov­ing to South Aus­tralia as part of a tank reg­i­ment. Troops be­gan leav­ing the Ter­ri­tory in Au­gust, and will con­tinue through De­cem­ber and Jan­uary.

It’s un­der­stood some of this move­ment might be con­tribut­ing to an early in­crease in work for re­moval­ist com­pa­nies.

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