On Twitter from Senator Trish Crossin ‏@trishcrossin @alice_news happy to talk …

Comment on LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route by Erwin Chlanda.

On Twitter from Senator Trish Crossin ‏@trishcrossin

@alice_news happy to talk about the Outback Highway anytime … this is a great corridor linking this nation and should be sealed.
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Erwin Chlanda Also Commented

LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Hi All,

Mayor Damien Ryan has declined our invitation to join the debate here but he gave me information – see below – saying that he had no opportunity to access this site.
This surprised me as Damien is one of the most prolific tweeters – 22 of them on September 7, for example, including some footy score updates – but it’s a free country!
Damien says he went to Canberra three weeks ago for discussions about the east-west highway and received a good hearing from both parties.
Barnaby Joyce is especially keen on the idea.
Damien says he recently briefed the council on the issues.
The Territory alone is spending $20m a year fixing the present dirt sections of the route.
It is not yet a project of the highest priority for Infrastructure Australia nor for Regional Development Australia, and the proponents are looking for $540 over 10 years across the two states and the NT.
The cost is $250,000 per kilometer.
In Queensland and WA local government builds roads.
Damien says it took years of lobbying to get the south road sealed between Alice and Port Augusta, with the local ASPRO group pushing hard.


Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

CLP propaganda courtesy of a Senate office?
Hi “Spot”: Thank you for your comment. We have had many reports about the importance of the Outback Highway – google this site!
To promote this project through his office is clearly part of Senator Scullion’s job. To promote the CLP is not.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament?
@ Hal Duell: That would leave the question of her four year commitment to the Town Council by Cr Price.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council
@ Daniel Davis: If Cr Price wants to remain on council as well as being the Federal Member in Canberra then she will need to come clean with her electorate, currently the ratepayers of Alice Springs.
When we first raised the issue with her in September last year it was clearly in the context of either – or: Councillor or another political role.
We raised the matter with her again in February this year, when she announced her intention to seek preselection by the CLP for Lingiari. We specifically asked her to state whether she would expose the council to the cost of about $100,000 for a by-election. She refused to reply.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Chansey Paech to Jacinta Price: ‘Finger pointing must stop’
Hi “Gammon”: Google Cr Price on this site and it will take you to our extensive town council news coverage. It reveals how much or how little she is contributing to council business.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Fracking pipe ‘deformation’ row: The sequel
@ Mark Fraser: Thank you for your kind words at the beginning of your comment but I reject that our initial article was “misinformed”.
Please note:-
• We accurately quoted the Lock the Gate Alliance which is a major player in the debate. It describes itself as “a national grassroots organisation made up of over 120,000 supporters and more than 450 local groups [including] farmers, traditional custodians, conservationists and urban residents.”
• Concurrent with posting the initial report we sought comment from the NT Government (which replied on the same day), from the Inquiry and from Origin. We still don’t have a reply from the Inquiry. See my reply to reader Bob Beadman.
• Origin gave us comprehensive information, but only when we made a second approach to them, leading to the report above.
• Your point [1] is a bit of a stretch for people with no geological training such as me and – I guess – the vast majority of our readers.
• Our initial report stated Origin provided information about the deformation to the NT department (in February 2017) and the Inquiry (in May 2017).
• Our question to the Inquiry is why it published, in its “Draft Final Report” in December 2017, a diagram not showing the deformation while one that shows it had been available to the Inquiry since May 2017.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


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