The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018
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TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A STUART PARK small business owner woke to find her premises ransacked by thieves in a desperate search for cash yesterday morning. The Mistress of Threads owner Catherine McAlpine found the door to the business busted in and the interior trashed on the way to the parttime job she also holds to keep the business afloat. Ms McAlpine said while the burglars search for money proved fruitless, the intrusion came only days after the property was inundated with water during Cyclone Marcus. We had two inches of water throughout the entire premises, a couple of clients records washed away which was not good, she said. March is a notoriously quiet business month in the Territory calendar and obviously the cyclone puts a depression over business activity, so its all come at once. With damage to the door, fridge and printer, Ms McAlpine said the repair bill would likely be at least a grand. And obviously lost work time is considerably more than that, she said. At this stage as far as I can see theyve only taken some electronics, a mobile phone, a wi-fi speaker. Hopefully nothing else, I think Id cleared the cash thankfully. Catherine McAlpines Stuart Park business, The Mistress of Threads, was broken into by thieves searching for money overnight. She said the repair bill would likely be at least a thousand dollars Picture: JUST IN KENNEDY NORTHERN Territory antifrackers are still optimistic the controversial practice will be banned in the NT, as the Governments decision deadline looms. The final report of the independent inquiry into fracking is expected to be handed to the Government today. A final decision on whether to allow fracking to go ahead will likely be made early next Gosling: cheaper airfares essential AFFORDABLE airfares are key to enticing Territorians to stay longer and keep our population sustainable, according to Solomon MP Luke Gosling. Mr Gosling has launched a website, fairfaresnt.com, to allow people to share their stories of feeling air travel price pain. Cost of air travel is one of the issues most often raised with me by Territorians. Skyhigh airfares and connectivity affects residents, along with tourism, investment and commerce, he said. Air travel isnt just a luxury. Its essential for the wellbeing and sustainability of our community and vital for businesses and the tourism industry. Submissions made to the website will be presented to a federal Senate inquiry into the operations, regulation and funding of regional and remote air services. Territory businessman Grahame Webb said decent air connectivity would be good for the Territory economy. We have the potential to be a gateway (to Asia) ... but the lack of direct air connections between Darwin and Asia is a major constraint on development, he said. Territorians have already used the fairfaresnt.com website to tell their stories of being unable to return home to Darwin during university breaks, missing weddings, family celebrations and, tragically, final farewells to loved ones as a result of pricey fares. week. Anti-frackers stepped up their efforts last week, staging protests inside and out of Parliament. Frack Free NT spokeswoman Pauline Cass said a number of petitions, with about 5000 total signatories, had been handed to Territory MLAs. The fracking inquiry sought the views of people all across the Territory and over whelmingly, the majority of participants were strongly against fracking, so were optimistic that would be included in the report, Ms Cass said. The fracking panels 855page draft report, released in December, gave strong indications that fracking would be allowed to proceed albeit with a host of conditions designed to minimise risks to health and environment. At the time, inquiry chairwoman Justice Rachel Pepper said the 120 recommendations made by the draft report would mitigate the risks associated with fracking to acceptable levels. Since that draft report was released, the inquiry has held public hearings across the Territory, including in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Ten nant Creek, Yirrkala, Nhulunbuy, Gapuwiyak, Borroloola, Hermannsburg, Ngukurr, Mataranka and Yuendumu. Even if the Government does give fracking the green light, it will take up to three years for onshore gas production to begin in earnest in the NT. The draft report recommended strategic regional en Anti-frackers optimistic vironmental and baseline assessments be completed before production licences are granted. The work needed for those assessments which will include groundwater modelling is expected to take two to three years to complete. 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