Do I read that right? No fluvial geomorphologists or the …

Comment on Flood mitigation: Don’t mention the dam by Ian Sharp.

Do I read that right? No fluvial geomorphologists or the like on the committee? Were any experts consulted? All due respect to Damien and co, but I hope some real expertise is taken on board on this.
And now for my inexpert two bob’s worth: On the strength of my year of geomorphology studies at uni back in the 60s, and my observations back in the 1980s of the huge variations in the bed of the Ormiston creek as it passes through the pound, I wouldn’t worry too much about the “hydraulic efficiency” of the river. In any major flood event the river will sort that out itself. The floodout sand plumes on the Todd delta near the airport indicate that the floods we are are familiar with since the 1870s are merely minor events. A major flood would be devastating.
In the short to medium term we should be considering retarding basins, levees, dams etc, but in the long run we should consider building new major facilities like hospitals, hotels, schools, shopping malls etc on higher ground, turning the flood plain areas along the river to parks and ovals that can be inundated with little long term damage.

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The Base turns 50, will survive Trump
Charlie Carter, spot on!

Thinking big, anyone?
To justify the huge investment (which would be funded how?) we would have to make huge amounts of steel.
Markets for this steel? North Asian countries are our biggest markets for iron ore to feed their steel mills.
Would they be willing to let their steel industries be replaced by ours?
And why railroads? Transport of huge quantities of low value commodities over these distances cheaper by sea in bulk-carriers.
A great armchair geographer’s scenario, even less realistic than the Bradfield scheme, IMHO.

Conservative vote: Territory Alliance up, CLP down in Johnston
Joel is not an academic, he’s been a student getting qualifications to increase his knowledge.
Academics work in tertiary institutions, teach and do research.
As well as having been a footballer at the highest level he has been a small business owner.
He grew up in The NT, and lived at Ernabella for a time with his family.
He married his childhood sweetheart, an Alice Springs girl.
Not a bad resume for an NT politician.
Better than many who have served in the NT Parliament over the years. We have had too many blow-ins on the make, the last one was the Chief Minister who oversaw the Port of Darwin lease to a Chinese company.
Joel, a Territory boy, been away, made good, back to help the NT grow in away that all benefit. More power to him.

Epistle from the inferno
Crikey, Charlie, what a harrowing time for you both. Hope things on the improve, may the rain and Todd flowing sooth you a little. Best wishes.

War on Iran must be prevented
Great comments, Kieran, spot on. The only thing Matthew had going for him was the courage not to hide behind a pseudonym. And Jonathon Pilbrow is right, we must learn the lessons from the Iraq folly. If we had a time machine we would certainly go back and make different choices. I applaud Jonathon and his group for reminding us of the risks we take in blindly following the US into conflicts where there is no prospect of a positive outcome. For anybody.

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