Choosing Zodiac was one of the few good decisions that …

Comment on Fracking inquiry: is ‘probity advisor’ a secret? by Peter.

Choosing Zodiac was one of the few good decisions that the Giles government made.
It was a courageous decision after many years of complacency and dubious dealings by the Tangentyere Council empire.
Ever since, the Tangentyere Council has been backbiting and whining that it was the wrong decision.
The review into the decision found issues that could be said of any contract process, fundamentally Zodiac offered the best deal and have performed well.
Even so Tangentyere Council have been agitating to have residents complain about Zodiac who are far more accountable than they were.
I hope the new NT Government has the guts to stick with Zodiac and not cave in to the agitation and political pressure.

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New NT tax an absolute disaster, says mining industry
Shares in Arafura Resources, the miner trying to start a new mine to the north of Alice Springs, dropped 9% today.
The chance of Arafura getting finance for the mine has been all but destroyed by this new royalty.
A lot of small investors, many of them Territorians supporting the NT, will lose their shirts.


Morrison announces cash injection for NT
It’s a win win. We frack and miners give us large royalties. On top of that we get $260m.


New NT tax an absolute disaster, says mining industry
The unfairness lies not in a profit tax but. the value-based royalty on their gross mineral production revenue.
Take TNG’s proposed new mine at Mt Peake.
Three year construction period, at least five years of operation to cover costs of construction of $800m.
So for five years and probably more when the company will make no profit it will pay the tax.
So will TNG not be able to get finance for the mine because of this impediment and the NT will lose 300 potential jobs and at least $150m spent on local businesses?


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
@ Another Local: It’s interesting that you say that Nturiya had a health centre built some years ago and it was burned to the ground.
In the white administrative enclave of Ti Tree that is exactly the reason given for the neglect of the community, it is also claimed that 15 years ago the store was burned down.
Nturiya is pariah community where a few incidents long ago are used to justify the horrific neglect.
Docker River store was burned down many years ago as was Kintore school etc etc but these communities have stores and schools and clinics.
I personally have found the people of Nturiya hospitable and peaceful.
Heard of any Willowra style riots or major family disputes?
People at Yuendumu were actually compensated by the NT Government when they torched houses and cars.
About time to stop making excuses and blaming the victims. Put services into these neglected communities.


Second Barkly child tragedy highlights need for urgent action
One of the issues that bedevils communities in the Barkly region and which negatively affects many residents is the gutlessness of the housing agency to management properties effectively.
There might be one occupant in a three bedroom house and a family with six kids in a one bedroom house or even with no house at all so crammed into a relatives house.
Eight people living in one room.
Housing will not intervene to remedy this.
That’s how the ownership of houses had been allowed to happen irrespective of needs.
Families will own a number of houses and if one is vacant they will put a single individual in that house to maintain their ownership.
Large families in overcrowded houses see this happen and complain about it but no action is taken.
There is certainly overcrowding in the Barkly but there would be a lot less if families were assigned houses according to their needs.


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