Hal your relief that the Simpson Desert, a vast unpopulated …

Comment on Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs by Francis.

Hal your relief that the Simpson Desert, a vast unpopulated expanse of endless sand dunes looks safe from being crossed by a pipeline is just a little ridiculous.

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Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs
Charlie W: Do you really think that the private sector is stumping up nearly $1b for a pipeline that won’t make a lot of cash?
Jenema’s operational profit depends on profit from sales that benefits us.
One fixed priced deal for gas has already been signed and more are on the way so there is no concern that the price of gas will collapse.
Our royalties of 20 million are for each year so 10 years means 200 million on schools, roads etc.
The pipeline is based on existing reserves, so no additional fracking is needed.
Not saying there won’t be more fracking but none is needed for this project.
And Charlie, get over your xenophobia, almost all investment is now open to the world and we are all better off for it.
And Giles didn’t sell out the Territory with this deal, given that the Feds wouldn’t put Northern Development funds into it, he took the only deal on offer and it is a good one.


Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs
The pipeline project is a personal and political win for Giles.
He has demonstrated that he is pro development and in turn that will bring higher incomes and better services to Territorians.
This project isn’t going to see gas exported but will drive Australian industry.
Under pressure to kick in TIO sale money he resisted and now we have a massive NT development funded by the private sector.
Royalties from the sale of gas come to Territorians.
When the next election comes next year Giles will be able to show that he is a man of action with the interests of Territorians at heart.
By contrast the other parties will be seen as stuck in the past, lacking the vision and drive to move us beyond our “handout” status.
And it’s just the beginning, Giles has other projects on the way.
I have never voted CLP but well done Giles and his team.


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Imagine the trial in Alice Springs.
Ned and his Warlipiri followers protesting on a daily basis.
Jury members could feel intimidated.
If convicted we would see appeals based on potential intimidation of the jury.
The trial must be held in Darwin.


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As annoying as it must be for our police force to work mainly at night, this is when we are seeing the most criminal activity.
Intensifying night patrolling with K9s might just make a big difference to safety in our town.
Worth noting that dogs have much better night time vision than humans.


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Excellent that Aboriginal parents and families are concerned about this as we all are.
They can already assist by making their hearing damaged kids wear the hearing aids that have been provided free for the past 20 year in Aboriginal schools.


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The council is replacing trees but not adequately watering the new ones.
If I had not stepped in and watered the 7 new trees in my street they would all be dead by now.
Also, they should be removing all the dead and now dangerous trees in our town.


65 years of history now a pile of rubble
Evelyne perhaps it should be relocated to Darwin?
But you do make the point that the Territory suffers from standard Darwin suited buildings.
The Commission houses here are also cyclone proof Darwin clones with rods tying the roofs to the foundations.
Buildings with heritage values in Central Australia need to be more than clones.
When I think of heritage values here wide shady verandahs and local sandstone come to mind.
A pity so much of our true heritage is gone but surely we are not so desperate that Darwin buildings take its place.


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