The Northern Territory news Mon 4 Feb 2019
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12 OPINION MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 in the recent inquiry and from observing activities elsewhere, that fracking for coal seam gas is done using a process which runs grave risk of damaging groundwater. The starting point for action to prevent climate change was more than two decades ago. It is now happening and we have to slow it down if we want our childrens children to survive. The economy is supposed to support the people. Making money while destroying peoples lives is ridiculous. We should be putting our energy into harnessing readily available, renewable, resources. Rosemary Jacob, Fannie Bay Fracking madness I HAVE major concerns for the environment with the impending fracking. Considering its all being exported with no deals made for the gas to help run our power, its the long-term damage to our underground water and environment that is concerning. Look at the rest of the nation where drought has taken hold. How do these frankers plan to deal with water shortages or are they going to be given endless water licences for fracking? Previous chief ministers have sold us out but how can the NT Government push tourism and fracking? I work in the tourism industry and no one will come and visit a gas field. I also have concern for the future of my three grandchildren here in Darwin. I understand there needs to be an industry here in Darwin but definitely not this one. The government also released the approval of the new lithium mine at Cox Peninsula but thats shafting the NT people yet again by bringing FIFO into town when I am sure there are people here that can do these jobs. This BS has to stop! Sandy May, Adelaide River 1 YEAR AGO: THE man who built Tasmanias Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which inspired the Gunner Governments $50 millionplus iconic museum at Myilly Point plan, says it is a loss leader. MONA owner David Walsh says it is what the marketers call a loss leader. 10 YEARS AGO: TERRITORY principals could face the sack if their schools attendance rates dont improve. The NT Government launched an assault on attendance figures this week. It says only 26 of the 150 schools average an attendance above 90 per cent. 15 YEARS AGO: A sea of Australian flags and smiling faces welcomed The Ghan on its first Darwin journey. Laden with chairs, cameras and umbrellas, 2500 Territorians packed Darwins passenger terminal platform to see the first arrivals on the nations longest passenger train. ...and another thing BEING stranded in a small town by devastating and ferocious floods is no ones cup of tea, but at least the Territorians stuck in McKinlay are trapped in a pub. The 30-odd people at the Walkabout Creek Hotel are waiting it out in arguably the most iconic location in Australian cinematic history. A critical location in the Crocodile Dundee film, no doubt theyre imagining Paul Hogan wrangling his stuffed crocodile Cyril and punching out fellow patrons. At least they can drink a beer, have a laugh and re-enact some of the scenes while they wait out the floods. Letters to the editor should be kept to 300 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. Preference will be given to letters that give the writers full name and suburb and are kept to under 300 words. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Got something to say? Letters Think of future CONCENTRATING on making money in the short-term and ignoring the likely longterm damage is not the way any responsible government should operate. We can survive without many things but water is not one of them. Clean air is another essential. Extreme weather events around the world are becoming more frequent and more serious. More locally, Tasmania is battling widespread bushfires, many out of control, putting more carbon dioxide into the air we breathe. Poor planning and control in the Murray-Darling Basin are having drastic effects, and communities there are now without clean water, not to mention the loss of decadesold Murray cod which have survived many earlier droughts. Increasingly, people are acknowledging the climate scientists are right, that climate change and global warning are really happening and our profligate use of fossil fuels is accelerating these processes. Coal has to be phased out over the next 20 to 30 years (preferably sooner) and use of other fossil fuels oil, coal seam gas, shale gas etc while slightly less polluting, must still be dramatically reduced. We have been warned, both Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. Hole is a sign of the times THE commuters who drive down Smith St on the way to the CBD may have noticed the peculiar hole in the ground, a sight not uncommon in Darwin. While it may seem like a mystery of sorts, for the neighbouring residents of Montoro Court the hole has become more than just an eyesore. Once the site of one of the citys most popular hotels, it now sits as stagnant wasteland. But only a year ago, grand plans to revitalise the site were revealed by Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy. Is it a sign of the economic times that the proudly spruiked plans for a $40 million development remain underground? The residents will tell you at some time over the past year some works took place on the site. Over a number of weeks the car parks were fenced off and excavation works began. The hole was being filled. Truck after truck delivered tonnes of soil. But all of a sudden the work stopped. The car parks were made available again and the site returned to being vacant. Whatever the reasons behind the delay of the plans the state of the site needs to be addressed. It is another example of prime Darwin real estate being left to rot. It could be a long wait for developers to have enough faith in the economy to get the project under way a wait that will most likely be too long for the residents who have had to endure the eyesore. EDITORIAL Email: email@example.com I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY