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.

Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange
@ Malcolm S. Well said Malcolm and Frank B.
@ Evelyne. Sorry, I have trouble making sense of your comment.

Shooting, not selling feral camels
Ah, the same old utopian dreams. If it was economic someone would be doing it.
It is not!
Reflect for just a minute on the costs associated with taking vehicles and equipment to remote trackless areas where the camels are.
Then killing, butchering to health standards, refrigerating the meat, and getting it to market. It just don’t add up.

Gas and solar: Still uneasy bedfellows
I suggest the problem is not the aim of 50% renewable, but the clinging to the 50% gas.
The technology is available to handle the renewables, it just needs the commitment and money from the government which is in the position of trying to cope with the Giles Government’s stupid purchase of the new gas generators.

Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
What on earth is John Bell talking about? Something that did not happen in 1983?
Anangu didn’t have ownership of the land then.
If the “Charlie” referred to is me, I wasn’t in the NT then, and have never had any role in the management of the park.
Who the hell is Clyde?

Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Trevor: I have been a guide at Uluru Kata Tjuta NP. In answer to your specious query, may I suggest;
1. Yes, walk around the rock, slowly.
2. Walk into Walpa Gorge, then watch the sunset at Kata Tjuta (and have an evening picnic).
3. Walk the full Valley of the Winds walk.
4. Spend a few hours in the cultural centre.
5. And yes, you’d probably want to see the sunset on Uluru.

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