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Comment on Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity by Careful with that $, Eugene.

Are you trying to have a lend of us again, Steve?
I understand that sealing the road to the mine site would probably cost between $50m and $60m.
Wouldn’t it be more appropriate for the mine operators, who would be the major users and beneficiaries of the seal, to share the construction costs of that road?
There would be huge debt servicing and opportunity costs for the NT Government if it went further into debt to finance this proposal, which would benefit a company in which the NT Government would have no equity and whose activities may not provide NT citizens with much in the way of net revenue benefits.
There are also other projects which would arguably have much greater returns for Territorians.
The company should provide us with an adequate and independent cost-benefit analysis and detailed shared costs proposal if it wants us to take its suggestion seriously.

Careful with that $, Eugene Also Commented

Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
Re the comments by Tellus MD, Duncan van der Merwe, posted March 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm: It is a pleasant surprise to see a managing director taking our questions seriously, and going to the trouble of addressing them clearly and in detail in the local public media. Bravo Duncan van der Merwe!
If only other prominent business people and other community leaders were prepared to be equally respectful of the public, we would all be a lot better off in many ways.

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Wrong again Matthew Langan (Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm).
It was actually “big knob socialist flogs” from the CLP who talked up and used government funds to build the Desert Park, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Strehlow Museum.
If you have complaints about those places and their costs to the public purse, go talk to the conservatives. Nothing to do with the Labor mob.
The CLP under both Adam Giles and Gary Higgins has indicated it would also support a new National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.

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We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.

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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.

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