On my way past the canal development aka ASRI recently …

Comment on No youth detention facilities in residential areas: MLAs by Trevor Shiell.

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?

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Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
A clarification to my earlier contribution: To join the West Coast gas reserves to the eastern states market through Brewer Estate in Alice Springs is about 450 km shorter than through Moomba, a point well recognised by the millionaires factory. Hence their investment in Central Petroleum.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
One has to wonder who is pulling whose leg. The Permian basin under the west of the US has so much gas that it’s hard to sell and the infrastructure on the US west coast ports is all ready for it to go to Asia.
South Australia is reportedly shutting down renewable energy producers because they are producing so much electricity that the national regulator price is so low that it is not worth the retailers buying it, so the supply has to go down.
Hence the possible closure of a large solar factory in the SA Riverland. Meanwhile one report from Germany suggests that renewable energy is not worth the trouble. If we are serious about the shortage of gas in the Eastern states, join our sources – Mereenie to the NW Shelf – a distance of around 450 km.
One company already has a pencilled in pipeline direct from Perth, and another has one pencilled in from around Mekathara, going right back to the Whitlam days of a National gas grid, and Rex Connor.
Perhaps he had it right.
Now with the appearance of Macquarie Bank on the share register of our supplier, it may come to pass.
Perhaps they have seen something that we haven’t.
They don’t call it the millionaire factory for nothing. I don’t see any need for drilling the Beetaloo Basin.
Quite apart from the issue of gas, we have two high quality wells near here that produce helium, which is currently worth about 15 times as much as natural gas. Why bother with gas?


Land-locked Bangtail’s ancient link to oceans
The geological history of the area and ranges in particular has unfortunately never been a feature of tourism here.
I tried to explain what they were looking at to a friend on Anzac hill some years ago and finished up with an audience of around 20 interested people.
The geological history is fascinating and so obvious from Anzac but never mentioned there.
It is well demonstrated at the Desert Park.
The Larapinta seaway, the origin of Larapinta Drive, is an unknown item to most residents and few have heard of the Alice Springs Orogeny, the cause of much of what we see and live with daily.
It’s sad to go up there to watch the sun go down and find the view obstructed by the trees so thoughtfully planted in front of the viewing seats.
A couple of seats on the hillside below the rail and tree line would add a lot of amenity for our visitors.


NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site
The so obvious site is still South of the gap in conjunction with the Yirara school, to become a display area for the culture and a training ground for the students there to display their culture as well as a positive experience for visitors in Indigenous education and satisfy the wishes of the Traditional owners.You have a captive market as everyone who enters the town from the South either by road or air has to pass the site. The same logic applies to the visitors centre, and DKA and to my knowledge no one has bothered to monitor the number of people who stop at the welcome rock, or the old locomotive. One has to ask AGAIN, why the Katherine and other interstate visitors centres are not located right in the centre of the economic activity as ours is? Could it be kowtowing to the interests of a small number of bodies with vested interests, as happened in Darwin and was recently pointed out by a former Lord Mayor there? Small minded thinking again.


Developing a treasure: 10 year East Macs plan
I am not surprised that it this taken so long to realise the”potential” of this area.
Brisbane to Perth via Alice Springs for both tourism and the transport industry is competitive with the southern route and probably faster.
It is possible that at some time in the future interstate transport will see the advantage of entering Alice South of The Gap, from the Plenty.
Hence the urgent need to focus on Brewer as a cross nation transport hub, and facilitate a heavy transport corridor via perhaps Santa Teresa to completely bypass the area which we all love, in conjunction with the opening up of the Plenty / East Macs.
When this happens, there will be no wilderness areas left here for us locals as Greg Simon points out, but there must be room and planning for both.
Even the remote areas of the Simpson which we all cherish will be subject to threats of the same nature should the Tristar mining coal mining foolishness go ahead.
We should all be on our guard.


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