History is repeating itself. Remember the efforts of Garry Dann …

Comment on New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it. by Trevor Shiell.

History is repeating itself.
Remember the efforts of Garry Dann a few years ago to establish a multi species facility here and the frustrations following a report by interstate consultants?
It got little or no local government support, and again short sighted vision remains the order of the day.
Eventually it must be recognised that much of the commercial activity of the town will have to shift to the area around Brewer, including any proposal for an abattoir, and the sooner governments
start planning for this the better.
What is happening at Peterborough could and should have have happened here irrespective of the closure of small abattoirs elsewhere.
Our comparative advantage was the ability to air freight chilled box meat direct to Asia from here through an integrated road, rail and air freight hub at Brewer.
Another great opportunity missed through lack of vision at an official level.
As to the land clearing issue, there should be no need. It is disgraceful that productivity research into our local Acacias for both timber and animal feed is being conducted in Africa and India and should have been happening where the houses now stand at what was ASRI, to attract the investment capital to build the industry.
At least two universities, both interstate, are producing highly nutritional animal food by recycling nutrients from sewerage via algae. Why not here?
The answer lies again in a lack of vision and political will by both previous administrations.
The housing and development industry is seen as more important than long term sustainable industry, and a lack of looking around at what is successful elsewhere. The same seems to be applying to tourism.

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No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs
On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently I spotted a large dust cloud off to the north along a series of new fences.
Could it be that earthworks have already started on a new detention facility there without them telling anyone?
No. They would never do anything like that would they?
Come to think of it remember the first we heard of Kigarrif was a brief note from Paul Henderson as Chief Minister that the government had allocated $10m for head works just before an election. But governments don’t do things like that behind our backs, do they?


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Apart from the rare earths component, of which China has about 97% of the worlds supply, we are due to run out of phosphate within 20 years and potash perhaps before that.
To see the veracity of these reports look at the website of Parkway minerals and their ASX notices.
There is a graph sourced from Forbes Investment Services which shows the gravity of the looming fertiliser shortage.
In addition to this, we will likely be importing phosphate from Algeria with all the political instability that that may involve.
We so have our heads in the sand.
There is also an interesting development with Northern Minerals an the world situation and competition for rare earths and their implications with defence and the production of weaponry, particularly in the USA.
To protect ourselves we should be going hell bent developed plant varieties with lower nutrient requirements but we prefer to build drag strips and sports pavilions rather than research into food production.
Both the Chinese and Indian authorities recognised this long ago, but we are slow learners.
PS: I have a vested interest in all three companies having purchased shares for my grand children 10 years ago.


Bilby’s greater foe: Cat or fox?
In the mid 60s a friend made a lot of money through fox skins which were in high demand in Europe.
He eventually built a unit on the Gold Coast with the profits. Sadly, the animal rights people objected, the bottom fell out of the skin market and our native animals have been suffering ever since.
The way he did it was to find a female in season, shoot it, tow it behind his ute for a long distance, then shoot the foxes that followed the pheromone trail.
He got literally hundreds.
Those of us that have heard dingoes behave in the same way can testify that it works.
I have seen the same thing happening with large mobs of feral camels and I wonder why we use expensive helicopters.
The biggest mob I have ever seen was north of Lake Eyre and contained perhaps 1000 animals.
I also wonder why this approach is not used on other species and who if anyone is doing the research to utilise their natural mating behaviour to control their numbers.
I also often wonder why the CRC for invasive animal control is based in Tasmania.
We have more invasive species here than they do and I wonder if anyone has attempted to get them to relocate here, or is that just another thing that politicians are bit ignorant of and don’t see the possibilities?


Four charter flights from Japan to Alice Springs
Arissu Supuringsu Ni yokoso!!! It should have been an international port of arrival and international freight distribution centre years ago in conjunction with a dedicated technical development park exporting technology based on what we do best (solar) 40 years ago.
This was the basis of a plan put by INratril, the then owners, to Government, but ignored.
The future of the town is still south of The Gap and it will happen by attrition whether we like it or not.
We had the same opportunity based on arid land food production but houses got in the way.


Government-made dust bowl: What comes next
That’s not the issue. It should never have happened in the first place.


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