For the readers information these are questions I have sent …

Comment on Mandatory sentencing or not, that is the question by Bob Taylor.

For the readers information these are questions I have sent to the two main candidates for Braitling.
“I am concerned about what I am hearing about this process of fracking and its possible impact on the groundwater supply in Central Australia especially the town of Alice Springs and its surrounds. Could you please let me know your parties position and/or policies on this issue, the following questions come to mind on this matter:
Is horizontal or vertical fracking allowed anywhere near the Alice Springs water supply aquifers?
Is horizontal or vertical fracking allowed anywhere near cattle stations, farms or other potential food producing properties or lands where groundwater is available?
If it was allowed in these areas is it possible that fracking at, under or near a water supply could allow the ground water to vanish into voids or spaces created by fracking at a greater depth?
Will the chemicals or other substances used during the fracking process contaminate the groundwater supplies in these areas?
Will the voids created by any subsequent mining, oil or gas extraction be filled by the groundwater leaking into these voids through fracture in ground created by fracking?
Will the water used for fracking be at the expense of domestic use, stock use or any food producing water?
If your party forms the next NT Government will you be approving any present or future applications for fracking?
Would an Environment Management Plan for fracking or a mining process which may include fracking be able to guarantee the survival of existing groundwater supplies in or around any mining or exploration lease?”
Note: According to Wikipedea online “In 2011 France became the first nation to ban hydraulic fracturing.”

Recent Comments by Bob Taylor

A touch of light: shield shrimps
Mike, love the photo and the article. A nice down to earth informative change from the regular local doom and gloom news stories and all up to your usual high standards.

CLP candidate Ryan compromised as town’s negotiator
It’s a pity we may have two good local candidates competing for the seat of Araluen.
If Damien Ryan gets elected and if the CLP form government (that’s two big ifs), I wouldn’t be surprised if Damien puts his hand up for Chief Minister.

NT firm Sitzler gets major national award
I also had the pleasure of working for Peter & Paul Sitzler (RIP) as a carpenter on wages between 1976-1981 after working with a large interstate firm Barclay Bros.
Having recently married and started a family, Sitzler Bros. provided me with employment and support at this important period in my life.
The contrast between working for a small local builder Sitzlers and Barclays was significant.
At the end of my first year with Sitzlers I was paid a small bonus, which helped with our growing family at the time.
It is good to see they have continued to grow, improve and receive this major national award, well done Michael Sitzler and your team.

‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’
Domenico Pecorari: “NONE OF THE ABOVE.” What a great idea. Love it.

Another great river tree goes up in flames
Thank you Alex for your explanation of how this fire started.
My comment below was a general comment in nature and based on historical observations and experience. However I agree with your assessment of how this fire started and the underlying human intervention in the river that led to this and other trees being made vulnerable to any ignition source.
The Todd River and all dry inland waterways are finely balanced eco systems that do not react well to modern human meddling and any future human intervention to facilitate flow, create levies or to beautify the banks will need to be expertly managed, if at all.

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