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Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014



Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Gas growth boon for Territory THE Territory has the potential to steal another gas project from Western Australia, replicating what happened with the Inpex project now under construction. ConocoPhillips Australia boss Todd Creeger said it was looking at either piping gas to Darwin or using a floating processing platform for gas from the Greater Poseidon field about 480km north of Broome. It means WA is likely to miss out on a plant being built there. Mr Creeger addressed the South East Asia Australia Offshore Conference in Darwin this week about the plan. The current plant is expected to be in operation until 2025 but this decision could see it extended or even expanded. Chief Minister Adam Giles said ConocoPhillips was only considering the two options, having ruled out the idea of taking it to Western Australia. He said Santos had announced commercial quantities of gas-condensate found at Lasseter, in the Browse Basin. By 2025, global LNG demand is expected to almost double and the Northern Territory is well positioned to capitalise on this growth, he said. It is estimated that we have over 30 trillion cubic feet of gas offshore and up to 240 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves onshore. Thats enough gas to power 30 cities of a million people each for 20 years. Santos chief executive David Knox has said multiple new production trains could be profitably built at Darwins two LNG plants following the discoveries in the Browse Basin if the various gas field owners can co-operate. In its first-half profit report Santos revealed the new offshore Lasseter discovery. Inpex is halfway through a $34 billion plan to extract gas and condensate from the Ichthys field and pipe it to Darwin to export LNG through two under-construction trains. Santos has a stake in Conocos one-train Darwin LNG plant. Weve got significant volumes of gas, so you can talk about multiple trains if we are able to work together and bring these things forward, Mr Knox said. WAs loss looms as another major gain for Top End By DAVID WOOD Barry Sarre and his Jack Russell Tyson reflect concern about the dramatic increase in the price of dog registration Picture: AARON BURTON Rise in dog regos hits pensioners By MEGAN PALIN OWNING a pet has just become a whole lot more expensive for elderly and disabled Territory dog owners. Palmerston Council has introduced increased fees for aged and disability pensioners who, along with all NT pet owners, are required to register their dogs annually according to council by-laws. Annual dog registration costs for pensioners have risen from $5.50 to $50 for an entire dog and to $10 for a desexed dog, since the new costs came into effect on August 1. Full fees for non-concession holders increased from $95 to $100 for an entire dog and $37 to $40 for a desexed dog. Gray resident Barry Sarre, 74, said the soaring costs put a huge strain on pensioners like himself. Even though $50 (per year) might mean thats $1 per week, the cost of living has made everything an extra $1 per week, he said. Mr Sarre said he registered his 12-year-old Jack Russell, Tyson, every year but would struggle to afford to pay the $44.50 increase. I wasnt expecting it, he said. Palmerston Council spokeswoman Samantha Abdic said: If a resident is in particular hardship then they should give the council a call and discuss the matter. Ambos risk losing pay over ban ST JOHN Ambulance has announced it will dock the pay of union members taking part in more unsanctioned industrial action. Of central concern to St John chief executive Ross Coburn is paramedics ban on using Siren, an electronic patient case card system that assists with the collection of health care data. We respect the right of our staff to negotiate their Enterprise Agreement, but when industrial action has a detrimental impact on our work practices we will deduct wages, Mr Coburn said. The Fair Work Act allows employers to reduce payments to employees who participate in partial work bans. The ban on using the electronic patient case card system has placed a significant financial and administrative burden on St John and we have been forced to appoint two data entry staff to cover the work until the action stops, he said. This industrial action has a major impact on our organisation, and threatens to jeopardise the excellent reputation St John has as a charity in our community. Paramedics and firefighters joined teachers in an act of union solidarity last week to rally outside Parliament House against education cuts. Matt Gardiner from United Voice, the union representing paramedics, did not return calls. GET ONE MONTH FREE MOVIE ENTERTAINMENT!* Thor: The Dark World (M). Watch it on Presto in September. HERE IS YOUR PROMO CODE: PrestoNews14 Simply go to presto.com.au/news Enter your promo code *See Presto.com.au/news for conditions, details and eligibility to take up this offer. Ends 16/10/14. Thor: The Dark World Marvel.

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