One has to wonder who is pulling whose leg. The …

Comment on Back to the future with Warren Snowdon by Trevor Shiell.

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?

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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.


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New drive to make Pitchi Richi a public treasure
Wonderful news. For far too long authorities have not recognised that the tourism future of Alice lies largely south of The Gap, between The Gap and the airport.
There are too many vested commercial interests and conventional real estate interests to allow heritage type development north of The Gap.
They refuse to look at places like Hahndorf and Ballarat to see how heritage issues are basic to their economies, and contribute to the communal good.
No one has asked why the Katherine, Mt Isa, and Mclaren Vale tourism centres are all on the main approach to town where they have a captive market, but ours is crowded into a space with little or no parking.
The Big M stores have a mathematical formula on which they base their shop position.
It is based on the number of passing vehicles and pedestrians. If they did as we do they would go broke just as we are. An old Frank Sinatra film says it all (A hole in the head)
He who whispers down the well
About the thing he has to sell
Will never make as many dollars
As he who climbs a tree and hollers.
I don’t see too many tourism people standing on the South Road at the Welcome Rock where they all stop, or hollering as they go past.


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.


Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes
As with camels, goats, pigs, cats, foxes and dogs they are ignoring the science.
A friend use the natural pheromones of a mating female to aggregate and shoot foxes in SA 50 years ago when skins were highly priced.
The animal lovers in Europe soon shot that down to the detriment of our local natives.
He built a unit at Surfers with the proceeds.
Together with Nicholas Rothwell and Peter Cave we witnessed perhaps 1000 camels gathered for the same reason north of Lake Eyre 10 years ago and I have since seen the same thing on the Sandy Blight road.
I have had the same experience in aggregating feral goats on the SA/NSW border, and many of us have experienced dingos howling for a mate.
We don’t need helicopters, but a basic understanding and the application of their natural mating behaviour.
But on many matters we close our eyes and minds.
A useful addition to CDU would be to commission this work to be done by the CRC unit for feral animal control currently based in Tasmania, as I remember it.
There, of course, are plenty of feral dogs, camels, donkeys, pigs, horses and pigs (Sic) but far more votes.


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