I agree with Cr Brown that a sealed road of …

Comment on Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity by Hal Duell.

I agree with Cr Brown that a sealed road of some 120 kms is a small price to pay to secure this project for Alice’s future.
Consider that the Federal and Queensland governments are willing to build a reportedly 1 billion dollar rail link to get coal from the Carmichael and Adani coal mine to a sea terminal at Abbot Point, and this infrastructure pales in comparison.
And the product being mined here is salt, not coal. So let’s get on board!

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Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
I admit to being conflicted.
On the one hand, I agree with Cr. Brown that we in Alice would be fools to let this opportunity slip through our hands.
On the other, what about the back-fill?
Salt out, toxic waste in? Is that the equation? And if so, can it be done safely?
And here we come to another conundrum. We need the salt, but we have created the toxic waste. Can we possibly kill two birds with one stone (mine) here?
By “we” I am referring to humanity. And to anticipate, that is, before anyone brings it up, in this global village we now live in, I have absolutely no time for the chicken-shit mantra of “not in my back yard”.
We live in one world, and have to start recognising that fact.
I also like the comments from Tallus about a circular economy as opposed to a linear economy. “We believe waste is a valuable resource and we should treat it as that.”
Ambitious, but it’s high time this approach was used in the corporate world as well as locally as in the recycle centre at the local tip.

Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
@ Alex Read, posted March 17, 2017 at 10:23 am:
You state that “Tellus intends to transport, process and store vast quantities of hazardous waste into the mine voids as the salt is removed.
These include thousands of litres of CSG waste material and heavy metals including cadmium and lead. This will be done through pumping a noxious slurry underground as well as solid forms of storage.”
I’m not arguing with you here, but I’m curious.
Can you document your allegations? If you can, your argument would go a long way to swaying some opinions (including mine) away from support for this project.

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Long live Stuart the Explorer and Two-Up the Bunny! Long may they stand with the Undoolya Perenti as monuments to Alice Springs’ artistic identity.
More would be better. Where is the Indigenous hero to join Stuart along Stuart Terrace? We all know Council would fall over themselves to balance the story being told there.
Mark Egan has created a couple of outstanding examples up the track at Aileron, but whether he would again willingly venture into the hotbed of PC naval gazing that seems to be the default atmosphere here is another question.

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About those tides: Electricity is generated from motion. Wind works, as do turbines whether powered by coal, gas or uranium. And tides?
In Darwin tides are reportedly up to eight meters twice a day with a million tonnes of water flowing by at high tide. Why doesn’t someone stick a wheel into that?
Or, of course, we could probably generate enough power to run a dim globe or two if we harnessed the power in the revolving doors in our government house.

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It seems that our population numbers are similar, but I cannot think of a single other similarity.

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“It’s not me! I didn’t do it!” And yet I doubt if there is a household in Alice that doesn’t have at least one product the manufacture of which has contributed to the waste slated for storage.
It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.

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Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?

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