Erwin, a further clarification. You wrote: “Are you saying the …

Comment on Loop Road heading towards jobs by Charlie Carter.

Erwin, a further clarification.
You wrote: “Are you saying the access road to Palm Valley in such poor condition because it is a sacred site?”
No! Look at the sentence as a whole: “The road also follows a creek bed to pass into the inside of the impact structure. The same limitations surely apply to it as to the Palm Valley track, although on a smaller scale.”
To be absolutely clear, the limitation is because both run along a watercourse.
As a further thought, perhaps with the consent of the TOs, the parking area suggested could be a “bush” camping ground. Just VIP (ventilation improved pit) dunnies, bring everything else, like Redbank.
It could be a great experience, and a programmed stopover on the loop. Park the van, or the 2WD, set up camp, walk into the impact structure, perhaps watching the sunset. Stay the night in the campground, and see the sunrise on the outer rim in the morning.
Next stop the camp ground at Ntaria, leave the 2WD vehicle (or the van) there and take the day trip into Palm valley.

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Loop Road heading towards jobs
G’Day Erwin,
I did not say, or imply most of the things you attributed to me. I was raising some facts that may have had a bearing on the decision.
It would be good to hear what the Traditional Owners have to say. I recollect that the access to the interior was intended to be low key and limited.
Rather than the bold suggestion that the 6km be sealed perhaps a more nuanced solution could be found.
You did not address the point that the last part of the track goes along a creek, and for practical and environmental reasons (as well as possible cultural ones) it could not be sealed.
Maybe the access road up to that point could be upgraded, with a parking area there, and those without 4WD could walk in (I estimate about 1.5 km)
The caravaners may also feel more comfortable about leaving their vans in a designated car park off the main road.
Several attractions in the West Macs require a short walk, such as Serpentine Gorge, and Redbank Gorge so it is not without precedent.


Loop Road heading towards jobs
It is a while since I’ve been to Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) but it is a registered sacred site.
This will surely place limitations on it in regard to major earthworks such as a sealed road.
The road also follows a creek bed to pass into the inside of the impact structure. The same limitations surely apply to it as to the Palm Valley track, although on a smaller scale.
As for the caravaners, they could unhook their vans and leave them at the main road for a trip into Tnorola. Perhaps there could be a parking area for this.


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Speed up road building, say cattlemen
Two points:
One answer is to stop the “Gas Development”.
It is a fossil fuel.
It will soon be a stranded asset.
As usual this Territory Government is chasing last decade’s tail.
The second point is a bit tougher.
The beef industry is also on the way out.
The planet cannot support it.
That wipe out in NW Queensland is the harbinger of things to come.
Drought followed by floods.
The sensible thing would have have been to compensate the pastoralists and buy them out. Offer them jobs managing the land. Ferals, fires, weeds.
I know how hard the lifestyle change would be.
I grew up on a farm.
But taxpayer funded “relief” is an expensive non-solution.
As would be taxpayer funded road upgrades which would never be recouped, either by gas or beef.


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One suspects that Mr Shiell is well meaning.
Unfortunately his comment is incoherent and incomprehensible as usual.
If it relates to use of pheromones for mustering animals (a possible interpretation) it is off topic, irrelevant, and ignorant of animal behaviour.


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Steve,
The white cedar is an east coast rainforest tree, and is really a pest species here. We don’tneed deciduous trees, a bit of shade is welcome even in winter (except for special circumstances).
Two of our fastest growing local natives are the River Red Gum and the Cooba (acacia salicin).
Both have their problems.
The RRG drops sap and branches.
The Cooba tends to blow over in windstorms, but nothing is going to be perfect.
Keep them trimmed, and intersperse them with slower growing species like the desert kurrajong and the fork leaf corkwood.
And Damien, I expect better from our Mayor. Taking advice and not doing dummy spits would be a good start.


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It was in my backyard in Chewings Street in early December, and in another Chewings Street kitchen before that. It is possible that it is a hitchhiker.


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I have a query that Mr Lynch may be able to help with.
“Locations” in the report has 3 headings:
• Recommended (Desert Park).
• NTG preferred (Anzac, 3 versions).
• Sites not recommended (incl Desert Knowledge).
Does “not recommended” mean by the panel or by the NTG, or both?
It seems to me that many of the arguments for the DP could also apply to DK.


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