The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 15, 2011 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K 20 The number of boxes of books sent to 14 remote communities from the Alice Springs Public Library in June P H O T O E S S A Y Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Words: SALLY BROOKS The cattle industry has been the focus of intense political debate recently, but despite this commotion its been business as usual at the Alice Springs Bohning Yards. The yards were set up by the Department of Primary Industries in the late 1970s to help control outbreaks of disease such as tuberculosis. Today, the purpose of the yards is as a sale and transit point for cattle travelling from the northern to the southern parts of Australia. Jim Willoughby joined the yards as operations manager in December last year and since this time has seen 20,004 cattle pass through the facility. He said: We get a fair few cattle out of the Kimberley and the Barkly and of course any cattle that are in Central Australia that need a spell, feed and drink before they go further south. Weve also just completed our major sale of the year, the Show sale, and it was a fortnight of very intense work. We had the sale on June 30 and had 2830 cattle, all of which sold. The average price was $1.60 per kilogram and the average weight would have been about 320 to 340 kilograms, so thats approximately $550 per head. The main breed that passes through the yards is Brahman, although most of the local cattle are British breeds such as Herefords and Shorthorns, says Jim. Why are you so upset? Several letters to the editor have shown much angst caused by the new grog laws. I wonder why, if people are not problem drinkers, they are so upset about having to make a little effort to obtain their grog at their prices. I, in particular, was offended by RC Henry labelling people who think like me as noalcohol, no-joy wowsers. I as a clear-headed person (no grog) enjoy life to the full, with much joy in many things every day, particularly as none of my time or money is wasted on alcohol. All things happen for a reason. Perhaps some of the complainers might try reviewing their drinking habits and see if they can make their life joyful without any substances to artificially enhance their moments. Maureen Durbridge Alice Springs Nomore bad N-politics Today marks six years since the Howard Federal Government earmarked the NT as a politically expedient location for a radioactive waste dump. It was meant to be built and operating by the end of this year. Three prime ministers and three science ministers later, there is still not even a site confirmed, a testament to the strong and united campaign against Canberras plan. The NT Government is to be applauded for its consistent opposition. Traditional owners, communities and a growing number of councils along the transport route are resolutely against the plan. Add national support from trade unions, health professionals, environment groups and a federal court challenge and there is a recipe for ongoing frustration for any government using the archaic decide announce-defend model. What is needed is an independent inquiry into waste management and a clean slate on site selection. If only Minister Martin Ferguson was shrewd enough to see that radioactive waste management needs good science and community involvement, not bad politics. Natalie Wasley Beyond Nuclear Initiative Hope to see you soon I am writing on behalf of the Central Australian Drag Racing Association to thank the Centralian Middle School for allowing us to use their shaded basketball courts for a fundraising event we held on the weekend. The shade structure came in very handy during the few minutes of hail, and would have been of great benefit if the sun had been shining. We would be very happy to use the facility again in the future. We are a not-forprofit organisation, the aim of which is to provide a place where people can race their cars or bikes in a safe, controlled environment. In order to provide this facility, funds are needed. On Sunday morning we held our annual automotive Swap Meet. Although it was a very cold morning, those who did come to buy and sell were very happy with how they fared, and the club was able to raise some allimportant funds. Thank you to those who attended and we hope to see you, and many others, at our remaining events at the Alice Springs Inland Dragway this year. Josie Hodgins CADRA Track Promoter 16 The number of town camp dogs that were microchipped, de sexed and registered in the past month 0 The number of shops that sell wallpaper in Alice Springs 1300 The number of hectares taken up by the Alice Springs Desert Park your thoughts TEXT 0421 261 177 Interesting Idiots No joke Water closet STILL the idiots are breaking the law letting off fireworks. Delia says ring the police. They dont come due to the fact they have worse law and order issues in Alice Springs. Detail supplied Alice Springs IT was interesting reading last Tuesdays Advocate. The writer was questioning our illogical liquor laws. They have stripped away most of the things that made the Territory different and friendlier and more relaxed than the rest of the country. This government has changed liquor laws, traffic laws, smoking laws, uran ium laws and Im sure hundreds more. Detail supplied Alice Springs Just a quick say on your cartoon in the paper (July 8) love it but remember where we are. Someone sees that and will act on it, then the do-gooders ban crackers, blowing it for everyone. Not knocking the cartoon, just be aware of the consequences in the area we live, ta. Worried Alice Springs Thank you Flavell Plumbing for the toilet I won at the show. The great service was an additional win for me. Robyn Grey-Gardner Alice Springs