There are several problems with this “group” and their ideas, …

Comment on Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen by Charlie Carter.

There are several problems with this “group” and their ideas, however they seem positively brilliant when compared with this harebrained gem;
“During the interview the Alice Springs News Online put to the three members that cheap electricity from a nuclear plant here could be fueling Central Australia based manufacturing of solar energy hardware.”
To start with, the Alice Springs Town Council and/or the NT Govt or the private sector cannot just “build a nuclear plant”.
It would require a complete change of policy at the Federal level, something that is inconceivable at present.
Even if the “nuclear fairy” waved her wand and changed the policy, the most optimistic forecast for a nuke plant from conception to producing power would be 15-20 years.
The last time I looked nuke plants require vast quantities of water for cooling (hence the Fukishimas being built on the coast). Nuke promoters talk excitedly about “Gen 4” plants that are cheaper, smaller, safer, don’t need as much water etc. However it turns out that these things don’t actually exist. They are still at the “design” or “prototype stage”.
We could utilise “shovel ready” solar power for any future industrial development in the Centre, if we could figure out why any industrialist in his right mind would locate such a thing so far from suppliers, markets, and skilled workforce.
This was pretty bloody obvious when the obviously shonky “proposal” to assemble Tesla cars was mooted. There happen to be 2 or 3 empty, or soon to be empty, car assembly plants in SA and Vic with unemployed workforce standing by.
We need to confront the reality that Alice is a town with inherent limitations, the “tyranny of distance” being a major one.
Let us forget about “entrepreneurial development” (AKA making a quick buck) and think about sustainable high quality tourism, art, culture, lifestyle and niche activities and industries. The sadly bowdlerised NBN could have brought “distance neutral” business to the Centre. We should continue to fight for it.

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NT Government’s climate response compromised by fracking
Also, a couple of relevant points.
The fracked gas will be incredibly expensive.
It is only viable with lots of taxpayers’ subsidies.
By the time it comes on stream, if ever, it will be an unacceptable fuel source on climate change grounds.
A stranded asset (aka an enormous liability).
Business as usual for the Gunner Government offering last century responses to 21st century problems.


That’s why we all live here
It was bloody marvellous even from the backyard in Eastside.


Territory: Hot and dry
1mm at Eastside.
Made a bit of mud in the bottom of the gauge.
But he petrichor was sweet and strong.
Followed by another 4mm next night.
Laid the dust, and the cool overcast was good for the recently planted replacements for the stuff that was cooked over the summer.

Gentle rain starting to fall
Galahs screeching in the dusk
A dozen on the power lines
upside down, wings spread
swinging from the wires
wetting under their wings.


Jacinta Price spits dummy
@ John Bell: You have either misrepresented or not read Marcia Langton’s article.
It is “The Folly of Jacinta Price”.
That is, the silliness of running a do-nothing, lacklustre, ranting bully who is the darling of the racist right.
Not Jacinta’s follies.
As for the snide remark about Marcia’s “follies”, I too have been around a while.
I worked closely with Marcia in Alice, and although we had our differences, I found her to be a woman of integrity with a passionate commitment to Aboriginal rights, and particularly the rights of Aboriginal women.
This is just smear by innuendo.


Speed up road building, say cattlemen
Two points:
One answer is to stop the “Gas Development”.
It is a fossil fuel.
It will soon be a stranded asset.
As usual this Territory Government is chasing last decade’s tail.
The second point is a bit tougher.
The beef industry is also on the way out.
The planet cannot support it.
That wipe out in NW Queensland is the harbinger of things to come.
Drought followed by floods.
The sensible thing would have have been to compensate the pastoralists and buy them out. Offer them jobs managing the land. Ferals, fires, weeds.
I know how hard the lifestyle change would be.
I grew up on a farm.
But taxpayer funded “relief” is an expensive non-solution.
As would be taxpayer funded road upgrades which would never be recouped, either by gas or beef.


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