Top cop hopeful biosecurity zones will be removed

by | May 14, 2020 | Cops, COVID-19 | 0 comments

NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker has said he is hopeful the date to lift biosecurity zone restrictions in the Territory’s remote communities would be brought forward to June 5.

Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt is expected to today confirm with Chief Minister Michael Gunner if the date will be moved forward.

Mr Chalker, who was speaking at a press conference about a jailbreak at the Darwin Corrections Centre, said the current date for the lifting of restrictions was June 18.

Anyone wishing to enter a declared zone must quarantine for 14 days in an excluded area in the NT prior to entering or re-entering or demonstrate they are an approved remote essential worker.

Included in the zones, which take up most of the non-pastoral and non-townships areas of the Territory, is Kakadu National Park.

Mr Chalker also said Territory police would be out in full force this weekend, with extensive random breath testing operations to accompany the highly-anticipated re-opening of pubs, restaurants and cafes from noon on Friday.

He said he had given the direction to reopen RBTs to “full scale”.

“We’ll be out with high visibility at the forefront of our mind,” Mr Chalker said.

“We will be reintroducing high visible RBTs and static RBTs. From now on, that will be a permanent reinstatement.

“While there is a return to being able to go to venues to consume alcohol, don’t drink and drive.”

After a weekend where national park rangers endured ignorant and argumentative visitors, Mr Chalker said police would be at Litchfield National Park.

“We want Litchfield to be a place that Territorians want to take their families, not for yobbos to take over and think they own they own the place,” he said.

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