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08 NEWS MONDAY JANUARY 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 SPACE PORT PLANS WHEN the notion of the Northern Territory being the site of a commercial space centre to send rockets into space was raised several years ago, the sceptics laughed. Today no one is laughing. The NT Government has signed an agreement with Equatorial Launch Australia, Gumatj and Developing East Arnhem Land to work together to support the first phase of an NT space base project, which is forecast to have economic benefits of more than $100 million. But few would know that this rocket-in-thesky plan had its beginnings in the Territory 30 years ago. In fact in 1987, the NT News launched the year reporting the European Launcher Development Organisation has concluded that Darwin has unique advantages and is the most suitable Australian site for a space base. Our editorial concluded with Space. Be in it. Later, on September 8 that year, the then Country Liberals ministry met to consider a cabinet submission discussing the feasibility of establishing a Archives reveal fizzers of plans space vehicle launching facility. Gunn Point, Point Stuart and Nhulunbuy were considered, noting that Darwin has all the general infrastructure requirements of a port, airport and engineering facilities to support an adjacent launching facility. Cabinet did not share the NT News enthusiasm to conquer the final frontier and rejected the cabinet submission, concluding that the spaceport would involve unacceptable risks. It wasnt cabinets last foray into space that year. PROTECTING METEORITES Meteorites and their protection became a Territory Government concern. On November 30, cabinet approved the introduction of the Meteorites Bill. The Meteorites Act 1987 protects meteorites and tektites, including the sale and export of meteorite samples from the NT. The Territory has a number of popular meteorite sites and in 1987, only about 2800 authentic meteorites had been found over the whole planet, of which 11 were found in the NT. KAKADU STAGE TWO World heritage listing was one of the most contentious issues of 1987. The listing of Kakadu was opposed by the Territory government, which had previously managed the park. It accused the federal body, the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, of not consulting with the Territory before nominating Kakadu Stage Two for world heritage listing. The federal ANPWS management of the park rather than the Territory continues to be a bone of contention today. Cabinet in 1987 instructed that legal advice be sought with regard to the standing of the Territory Conservation Commission in relation to the federal governments moves to take control of Kakadu. The federal government ignored the Territory and the World Heritage listing went through. AS much as things change with the advancement of time, the NT News found that some things very much stay the same. This revelation came when scouring through 1987 cabinet documents released today after 30 years of being kept hidden from the public in the NT Government archives. NT News senior reporter GARY SHIPWAY, who was the Sunday Territorians inaugural editor at the time, reports on what those secret documents contained KAKADU AIR Access and commercial jet flights into Kakadu is a topic of much discussion in the tourism industry today. On July 16 in 1987, cabinet approved planning for a jetstandard aerodrome site northwest of Jabiru. The submission discussed ownership of the aerodrome and constraints to its development. Those constraints seemingly still exist as we wait 30 years later. STATEHOOD It was no coincidence that statehood was on the agenda in 1987. The Northern Territory Cabinet endorsed the principle that a granting of statehood to the NT must be on terms and