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Devil's advocate



Devil's advocate

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The quarterly magazine from the Arid Lands Environment Centre


Arid Lands Environment Centre


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Alice Springs


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Environmental Protection; Australia, Central; Conservation Of Natural Resources; Arid Lands Environment Centre (Australia); Periodicals

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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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Alice Springs


Devil's advocate


Autumn 2015

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The Arid Lands Environment Centre Cnr Lindsay Ave & Warburton St, PO Box 2796 Alice Springs NT 0871 Ph: (08) 89522497 Fax: (08) 89532988 www.alec.org.au info@alec.org.au The Devils Advocate is the quarterly newsletter of the Arid Lands Environment Centre. The deadline for submissions for the Winter edition is Friday 29th May 2015. Articles, pictures, poetry, letters, welcome. Email communications@alec.org.au All opinions expressed within Devils Advocate are those of the author alone, unless explicitly expressed. The Devils Advocate is edited and designed by Nicole Pietsch, ALECs Communications and Campaigns Manager. It is printed on 100% recycled paper. The Arid Lands Environment Centre acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional owners, both past and present, of this region. Contents ALEC Directors Welcome ALEC Directors Welcome Biodiversity Matters Ten Deserts Arid Edge Environmental Services Food For Alice Dont Frack the Outback Frack Free Coordinator Update Centralian Frack Free Alliance Alice Springs Community Garden Beyond Nuclear Initiative desertSMART EcoFair A Climate of Local Opportunity Looking After You 50 Shades of Green Introduction to Permaculture Course Donate to ALEC ALEC will be moving May! A generous community member has bought a building which ALEC can rent for a reduced rate - enabling us to have rental security and help us reduce our costs! We are looking for volunteers to help ALEC move between May 17th-31st. Email info@alec.org.au if you can help. Gday folks and welcome to the first edition of the Devils Advocate for 2015. The year is off to a racing start. Outside of ALEC, the oil price has collapsed. Commodity prices have slumped. Political leadership both in the Territory and Federally is on the ropes. The Hawke Fracking Inquiry Report has been released green lighting the unconventional gas industry in the NT. The South Australian Government has initiated a Royal Commission into Nuclear Energy. The Western Australian Government continues to move towards closing around 150 remote communities in WA. All of these will have significant impacts on the work of ALEC and those of us living in Central Australia. Closer to home, the wonderful rains of early January filled waterholes and the landscape exploded into life with plants, insects, reptiles, birds and I can only assume mammals - all benefitting from the healthy dose of H20. However, as are the booms and busts of the arid zone, the landscape is now covered with buffel grass which comes with a host of complications including squeezing out other species and burning everything out once it dries out and catches alight - either by lightning or human activity. Here at ALEC we have been busy, and not just adapting to the new era of reduced capacity due to funding cuts and reduced opportunities to work with government. Submissions have been made to the NSW Parliamentary Committee on the Supply of Gas and Liquid Fuels, the crux of which was that NSW should not be relying on the pipeline dreams of the Giles Government. ALEC has also made a submission to the Lands and Planning Minister opposing a development application to build an incinerator at the Brewer estate and raising concerns about a large-scale horticultural water licence application south of Alice Springs. This is part of ALECs job - we are the communitys environmental watchdog - as a purely volunteer organisation, this sort of thing cant happen. Proposals that are ill-thought through or likely to have significant environmental impact must continue to have dissenting voices that question the merit of the application. This is one of the reasons why ALECs funding was cut - the current government doesnt want these voices to be heard. Despite this, ALEC membership is at its highest level ever - with more than 280 members. Were not going to give up on this fight...but we do need your continued and regular support. We currently have fifteen people who have committed to $100 per month, but we need much more. Desert Defenders are now the lifeblood of ALEC, if you can spare $5, $10, $20 or even $50 per month - please make a regular tax deductible donation to ALEC. The One Hot Night fundraiser in November was a success - with $7500 raised, and the Bilbies and Bunnies Ball in early April also raised $4000. Thanks to Chris Wilkinson and Epilogue Lounge staff for hosting us. Also, Id like to thank everyone who came along and supported us, joined, renewed, donated and those who couldnt make it and donated anyway. We have a big year ahead - across the ten deserts of Australias arid zone and within the capital of the region- Alice Springs - our local and small-scale projects will keep ticking along and engaging people on sustainable living and nature conservation. There is an African proverb that sums it up If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ALEC is here for the long haul - 35 years and were still going strong - come join us and lets build a healthy future out here together. Thanks, Jimmy Cocking ALEC Director Front cover image by Petal

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