@ Alex Read, posted March 17, 2017 at 10:23 am: You …

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

@ 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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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
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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There is something profoundly sad about taking the idea of a National Indigenous Art Gallery and using it to increase the sale of trashy, probably China-sourced tourist baubles (and short-blacks).
There is emerging an impression that this whole issue has degenerated into an exercise in political clickbait. Not real pretty at all!


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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