Help­ing lo­cals out

NT News - - NT WEEKENDS - WILL ZWAR

RE­CENTLY, re­ports have come through show­ing tourism in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory is down and Jabiru is at risk of be­ing lost al­to­gether.

While it’s dis­ap­point­ing to see some­thing held so proudly per­form so poorly, it brings an op­por­tu­nity for Territorians to chip in, put out a help­ing hand and have an im­pact.

Next time you’re look­ing for a week­end away, put some money back into the lo­cal econ­omy — visit a cute lit­tle mu­seum or road­house on the side of the Stu­art High­way and spend a bit of money — be it a me­mento, a pur­pose­less sou­venir or even some­thing like a tea towel or mug that has prac­ti­cal­ity be­hind it, it’s im­por­tant to sup­port the lo­cal busi­nesses that com­mu­ni­ties rely on, or they may dis­ap­pear com­pletely.

Vis­it­ing our Ter­ri­tory trea­sures, our water­falls, camp sites un­der the stars and walk­ing trails with views to be­hold will show there is a de­mand for them and they have a fu­ture — it is up to all of us to help out, not just rely on in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic vis­i­tors to make our tourism in­dus­try thrive.

There is al­ways some­thing new to dis­cover in our bound­less Ter­ri­tory plains and ev­ery­one has their favourite places that brings a smile to their face — don’t for­get about them, keep re­turn­ing and to­gether we can make the Ter­ri­tory the tourist mecca it should be.

Per­haps try a cruise on a bil­l­abong

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