It is in the interests of everyone – including the …

Comment on Thumbs down for dongas depot at Ilparpa by Trevor Shiell.

It is in the interests of everyone – including the proponent – to have such facilities situated in the vicinity of the cattle yards or Brewer.
The mining companies do this already and a cursory look at the geography show that we are a the intersection of three major national highways, North South, East west and soon NW to SE via the Tanami.
The outback way could easily have a diversion for heavy traffic from Gemtree thus satisfying the need of the local shire to speed up their tourism ambitions in the East Macs and partly alleviate the pressure on The Gap by arriving South of The Gap.
Add to that a cross nation railway and an internationally accredited airport with direct access to Asia and it would be a dream come true for a transport operator and a financial bonanza for those operators with a bit of foresight.
There is land available there as a few Local businesses have already discovered and the real estate values there will only rise as these facts are realised.
When the government was quizzed a few years on why land south of the airport was not used in place of Kilgariff there were a series of mealy mouthed reasons returned to me, non of which explained, why land publicly displayed as “Crown Land” was not available for the Crown to use.
I suspect that real estate interests had a say in that, and in the meantime the parking problems at the hospital only further make the point that the hospital (and the CBD) are now in the wrong place, and should be further south where the infrastructure, power and future water will have to be.
A commercial and housing hub there has to be the next obvious move. The early worms will most certainly get the very fat worm.
The proposal for Arumbera as an industrial zone is once more so short sighted with a rapidly growing market for short term walking / eco trails in many other areas, within cooee of the accommodation.

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Deputy Mayor Paterson: Don’t stop now!
I sat at the “Welcome to Alice” rock for 35 minutes today waiting for a plane. In that time 28 cars pulled in there and forty plus people were photographed sitting on that rock.
Surely this is the target market that is being overlooked.
Yes, we do need a presence in the Mall, but has anyone ever talked to these people on what their expectations are?
Re the airport land, there could have been a high technology industrial park there 40 years ago, based on our unique sunlight, licencing and exporting all the things that are unique here, but nothing happened.
Nor are the minds open to this type of industry in planning decisions.
As examples, our own spinifex is being planted commercially in the Ord because it contains micro fibres that add strength to latex.
All the development has been done interstate while we were asleep, apart for a great effort at Curtain Springs.
There are thousands of bush tomato being grown in the district to meet a growing demand, but who knows and where can potential investors see them?
With the mad rush into medicinal cannabis how can we benefit?
I have had two expressions of interest in purchasing my rural block because of its proximity to the airport – both from tourism related companies who find it both expensive and inconvenient to use industrial land in town.
Surely the airport could offer the tour bus industry development land close to the source of their client base and income to the mutual benefit of both parties.
That surely would be a better deal than a prison.
The great walks on the south side of the ranges is also grossly underutilised.
Eco walks business is becoming a major industry and visitor attraction interstate but ignored here. Instead we had a proposed industrial envelopment at Arumbera on a particularly interesting and unique piece of ecology, while three major interstate highways, a rail terminal, and an airport with international status lie a few kilometres away.
Surely this is the basis of a huge transport hub and associated industry. The shortsighted view of planning is astounding.


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.


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