The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014
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10 NEWS THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 On the lookout as NT Emergency Service volunteers Karl Kratschmer, Alycea Wong, Laura Wright and Garry Casey prepare to fly to Perth to use their search and rescue expertise in assisting the huge international team involved in trying to locate Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 Picture: HELEN ORR The eyes have it as NTs best join hunt FOUR Territorians have joined in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, as investigators edge closer to what they believe could be the wreckage. Emergency Service volunteers Garry Casey, Alycea Wong, Karl Kratschmer and Laura Wright flew to Perth yesterday to join the international search effort, which this week detected signals thought to be from missing planes black box recorder. The four will act as air observers, scouring the remote Indian Ocean 2000km west of Perth for debris aboard military or civilian aircraft. They will return to Darwin on Sunday. Team leader Mr Casey said all were experienced search and rescue volunteers. (Selection) was out of people who had the qualifications and who were available, he said. I have been doing search and rescue for police and emergency services for a number of years and the others have, too. Everyone is qualified and experienced. All are from the Darwin and Palmerston area. Jabiru jump start in wake of toxic spill URANIUM producer Energy Resources Australia is preparing to get its Jabiru plant running again after a leach tank ruptured and spilt a million litres of toxic slurry at the Ranger mine in December. Board members voted its readiness plan to be completed this month at the annual general meeting in SkyCity Casino in Darwin yesterday. But the Rio Tinto-owned plant must still get regulatory approval from the NT and federal governments. Chief executive Andrea Sutton said in her address: With the leach tank incident in December there were questions raised about our environmental performance. Ongoing monitoring has confirmed that the surrounding area has not been affected and that there has been no impact on Kakadu National Park. In addition to the opera tional impact of the leach tank incident and suspension of processing, the overall business environment for uranium producers remains difficult. The uranium market remains weak for producers with low spot prices continuing. Given this challenging business environment ERA has continued to focus on reshaping the business for leaner operations. The business review conducted in 2011 targeted $150 million in cost savings by the end of 2014 and we are well on track to reaching those targeted savings. ERA is constructing its $120 million Ranger 3 Deeps mine. But Environment Centre NT which is a proxy shareholder had representatives in the meeting and were protesting on the lawn outside all day. ECNT anti-nuclear campaigner Cat Beaton said she questioned the funding availability for rehabilitation, as the annual report indicated there may not be enough money to rehabilitate unless the Ranger 3 Deeps mine is developed. Thats an issue that makes us very nervous, she said. ECNT director Stuart Blanch, also in the meeting, said: They were being evasive and said they clearly dont have money in the bank. Its R3 Deep or inadequate rehab. Gun to the head. Its a business in terminal decline unable to change its course. By CONOR BYRNE By ZACH HOPE NTBR >>INSIDE Send your pics along with the backstory to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Were for NT. Include your name, address and contact details for your chance to win a $500 voucher to escape to the Mary River Wilderness Retreat. At the gate way to Kakadu National Park, yet only an hour out of Darwin, getting back to nature is a breeze. Competition closes 30th April 2014. Limit of 2 entries per person per day. For full terms and conditions visit ntnews.com.au/competitions. Think youve CApTured The essenCe oF The TerriTory? 19 2 3 9 .v
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