For the readers information these are questions I have sent …

Comment on Mandatory sentencing or not, that is the question by Bob Taylor.

For the readers information these are questions I have sent to the two main candidates for Braitling.
“I am concerned about what I am hearing about this process of fracking and its possible impact on the groundwater supply in Central Australia especially the town of Alice Springs and its surrounds. Could you please let me know your parties position and/or policies on this issue, the following questions come to mind on this matter:
Is horizontal or vertical fracking allowed anywhere near the Alice Springs water supply aquifers?
Is horizontal or vertical fracking allowed anywhere near cattle stations, farms or other potential food producing properties or lands where groundwater is available?
If it was allowed in these areas is it possible that fracking at, under or near a water supply could allow the ground water to vanish into voids or spaces created by fracking at a greater depth?
Will the chemicals or other substances used during the fracking process contaminate the groundwater supplies in these areas?
Will the voids created by any subsequent mining, oil or gas extraction be filled by the groundwater leaking into these voids through fracture in ground created by fracking?
Will the water used for fracking be at the expense of domestic use, stock use or any food producing water?
If your party forms the next NT Government will you be approving any present or future applications for fracking?
Would an Environment Management Plan for fracking or a mining process which may include fracking be able to guarantee the survival of existing groundwater supplies in or around any mining or exploration lease?”
Note: According to Wikipedea online “In 2011 France became the first nation to ban hydraulic fracturing.”

Recent Comments by Bob Taylor

Recommendations in for National Indigenous Art Gallery site
If they / we are looking for a MONA effect and an outcome that the whole world will want to come and see, the following may be required as a minimum:
A David Walsh type person with a vision, passion and skills necessary to drive this major project. Retain ANZAC Oval and the rugby facilities, so there is a green buffer between the proposed National Indigenous Art Gallery and the CBD.
Purchase the RSL property and together with the high school site, build something grand with a sweeping northeasterly aspect into, around and backing onto ANZAC Hill appropriate to any needs of the traditional owners of the hill.
Place the main entrance and vehicle access on Schwarz Crescent with an improved foot / cycle pathway system linking into the CBD on either side of ANZAC Oval. Just another comment to keep the ideas flowing.


On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
On the subject of grandmothers and their potential for a positive influence on children’s lives I recommend the reading of the “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance and the comments on the book by Greg Sheridan in the Weekend Australian July 22/23 2017.
As Greg says: “The real hero of the book is his grandmother,” although an American (USA) author and a story set in America about poor white working class people, the outcomes of the author could be achieved by an Australian child with the help of a caring grandmother.


CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again
Unfortunately in regards to development of the CBD we are reliant on landowners, developers, governments of all kinds and private and taxpayers money in general to put any plan into practice.

Heritage, cultural considerations and established social norms also limit what can be done or not with some of the CBD blocks. A case in point is a suggestion on Friday (13/10) on ABC radio to move the Post Office (PO) out of the CBD, partly because occasionally it is congested at the front of the PO and hard to park within walking distance of the PO.

Well it could be argued that the daily or weekly visit to the PO draws people into the CBD, who do other activities in addition to visiting the PO, such as spending money in some of the struggling businesses surrounding the PO. In other words, moving the PO out of the CBD could kill the heart of Alice Springs. The PO is a link between Alice Plaza, court houses and the Yeperenye Centre and close to the main bus stop, a taxi bay and disabled persons car parking spaces.

Probably what is needed is a three or four storey car park south of the PO and / or make Hartley St one way going south and create angle parking on the PO side, if you look at Map 1 on page three of the Discussion Paper you will see this area is a very central location and easy walking distance to most of the rest of the CBD.

Discussion and planning can be good for any community, but money and the ownership of the land would appear to trump any plan prepared by the Planning Commission or Council, whether or not the plan is professionally drafted and / or put together with enthusiastic community support from a wide cross section of the people of Alice Springs.


Partition off Darwin to fix NT’s urban bias: Professor
I am sure similiar problems exist in all states, an argument could be made for every state in the Commonwealth for fiscal equity.
All state capitals have been established on or near the coast where rainfall and climate is more favourable, the chances of the powers that be changing the political system in the states is almost zero, about the same chance of this happening in the Territory.


Another river giant goes up in flames
Not knowing the tree or the circumstances surrounding the fire, however from my personal experience the main culprit (apart from the arsonist) for spreading fire into the river gums is not buffel grass, but the dreaded invasive couch grass.
http://www.landmanager.org.au/managing-weeds-wildlife-conservation-couch-grass-cynodon-dactylon
This is not to absolve buffel, which is where a lot of fires are started and then spread to the couch grass which tends to like our local river courses and would appear to clump around trees and when set on fire, burns hotter and for longer enabling the fire to spread into these poor old hollow gum trees.


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