Published: 11:50 AM 12/15/2014
Sheryl Gottschall saying the Gold Coast was a real “hotspot... ”
BY DAVID WOOD PARANORMAL REPORTER NT NEWS
THERE has been a conspiracy of silence over why there has been a spike in Queensland UFO sightings, yet the Territory UFO tourism industry languishes on its knees.
Queensland news blog Brisbane Times reported in September there had been a “spike” in reported UFO sightings, with UFO Research Queensland’s Sheryl Gottschall saying the Gold Coast was a real “hotspot.”
But repeated attempts by the NT News to contact the Australian UFO Research Network on its UFO hotline have failed, as have several electronic mails, with the organisation refusing to respond.
And NT Tourism Minister Matt Conlan has not put out one press release supporting or promoting UFOs this year.
The Territory’s best known UFO-oologist Alan Ferguson has a reported sighting on his website, but he no longer talks to the NT News because of creative differences.
Muckaty Station owner Ray Aylett did say he had recently seen a UFO above his outback property.
He said he had gone out to check a bore pump and, as he was opening a gate, he had seen some orange lights.
The cattle station boss is a long-time reporter of UFOs and in May provided photographic evidence of what he said were crop circles.
“There’s no other explanation,” he said.
Because of his standing in UFO sightings, the NT News has given Mr Aylett’s recent sighting 4.5 Gerrys on the Gerry-meter.
Named after the NT’s most trustworthy politician, Gerry Wood, the Gerry-meter scale is an accurate measure of the credibility of UFO sightings.
Back in the nutter state, Ms Gottschall said they had had people calling from all over Queensland. “We get about 100 calls a year and, across Australia, all up the UFO research groups get up to 800. That’s just the reported sightings,” she said.
While we are out of UFO season in the NT, the Queensland sightings occurred deep in “Green Nomad” season. Australian UFO Research Network deals with both UFOs and UAPs, or unusual aerial phenomena.
It’s role is to “to identify the object as terrestrial, if indeed it is, and to collate information on genuine unknowns. It is clear that police do not have the manpower or resources to investigate such reports.”
But with the Network’s failure to take this issue seriously, an overstretched police force is all we can rely on.
In August grave fears were held that Nine News Darwin anchor Jonathan Uptin had been abducted after a UFO was spotted hovering above his shoulder while he was reading the news one Friday, and he was not behind the desk the following Monday.