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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 Aug 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 62 no. 21

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 5, 2008 7 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 5A U G -2 00 8 PA G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K *Conditions Apply Look for t he Gree n Sp ot Spec ials Thank you for supporting independent Bottle-Os For your nearest store Call us on... 1300 783 644 or visit: www.thebottle-o.com.au Specials valid until 31/8/08 or while stocks last. Bag limits may apply. No trade supplied. Prices include GST where applicable. Not all specials advertised are available at the Bottle-O Neighbourhood stores. Rosemount Diamond Label Range Carlton Dry Stubbies James Boags Premium Lager Stubbies Bundaberg Rum & Cola Cans $15.99 6 pack - each $14.99 750ml - each $40.99 24 pack - each $53.99 18 pack - each ALICE SPRINGS GAP ROAD SMART MART 87 Gap Road Ph: 8952 3269 TODD TAVERN Todd Mall Ph: 8952 1255 Real Locals, Real Value. 15 06 02 /0 9 Centralian Eisteddfod Council Invites you to the 2008 Eisteddfod in the Araluen Centre. All sessions: adults $3 and concessions apply Thursday morning: Choirs Thursday afternoon & Evening: Bands Friday afternoon: Dance Friday Evening: Entertainment then NEW this year Sing-a Long with Ted Egan. The Concert is on Sunday 10th starting at 4.00pm $10 and $5 and Family Tickets $25 (4) Centralian Eisteddfod Council thanks all sponsors and trophy donors for assisting in our 22nd Eisteddfod. OPINION Tourist lobby mum on mine Sir, Hands up all those people who wish to live next door to a uranium mine. If like me you do not, and I am thinking (and hoping) quite a few people, especially those with children living with them, might not, you have an opportunity to let the decisionmakers knowthis when you cast your vote on Saturday. There are many many reasons not to have a uranimum mine at the proposed site, most of whichhavebeendiscussed inLetters to theEditor in the past few months. However, I am suprised the tourism industry representatives and business owners have not been more vocal in their opposition given the difficult job theywouldhave in selling a town like Alice with a uranium mine to potential interstate and overseas visitors. Tourism is Central Australias only potential major long-term industry and a uranium mine would affect all of us. Central Australia is a unique and beautiful place for all the peoples of the world to enjoy. We residents are no more than custodians who along with the rights of enjoying it have the responsibility of looking after it. I recommendwe tell thepeople in thenorthwho are soon to advise whether they have granted an exploration licence that we say no thanks. Mark Keyworth Larapinta Dave the dissident will not be deterred Sir, Last week, 28/07/08, town council unanimously passed a motion to create a by-law to restrict myright as an individual toprotest. Dear me. Some of our councils control freaks would be more suited to a Stalinist Russian society than conspiring to bring down dissident Dave. The heat from council coincides with one of the most boring elections in Territory history and with the rise of many thinking people in this town against the location of the Angela-Pamela uranium project. Through the signs displayed on my vehicle, my family hopes to get our main message across to as many people on the street as possible on Cameco-Paladins uranium hopes. The site is only 20 miles away. That is too close to be able to guarantee safety for our town. While I do not chase the media for publicity, the attention follow ing councils attempts to silenceme are welcome. According to one candidate this issue occupied local ABC on Tues day, 29/07/08, with little or no comment about my legal right to protest. Indeed, on that day, strangers stopped me in the street, thanking me for keeping up the fight and donating money for the cause. Later in theday Iheard some talk on the same radio station. Local Eastside character Barry Skipsey was heard to say People love him, the mans a legend. If Barry was sending me up, that is fine. At least the town is talking. As always my bottom line is this: Id rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not. David Chewings Gillen Nuisances abounding Sir,WillAliceSprings Town Councils proposal to introduce a serial nuisance bylaw really put a stop to this serial nuisance? Can they stop him from parking his ute, and its political slogans, for prolongedperiods in prominent places? Can they stop his serial polluting our letter boxes with his political propaganda? Can they put a stop to his incessant doorknocking? Can they stop his serial desecration of our trees with his political posters? Can they really stop Adam Giles from serial election campaigning? Perhaps they should also consider funding a rehabilitation programme for such serial nuisances. A 12-step program perhaps? But I suppose the big question remains: Will ASTCs serial nuisance by-law work or are they chewings off more than they can bite? M.P.Howard Braitling Like-minded people unite Sir, Dont forget that Loraine Braham was a CLP member first. Michael Jones got twice as many votes as anyone else, but with Green and Labor preferences, which should not happen, the Independent won the seat. Please do not allow this to happen again. To voteGreen and Independent is a wasted vote for Alice Springs. Lets get a strong group of like-mindedpeople people towork for Central Australia. How can we improve the awful things happening here, such as muggings, rape, violence and robbery when we dont have enough people in Opposition to change the Labor stronghold? Janet Brown, Alice Springs Letters policy Until the holding of the NT election, no let ters dealing with Terr itory politics will be published unless the writer is prepared to have his or her name and address published. Full name, address and contact numbers should be provided. Issue our water, not Darwins gas Sir, Paul Henderson has called the election to secure the confidence of foreign business interests. He says that only a Labor Government could provide certainty for the JapaneseFrench joint venture partners, which may or may not lead to a gas plant in Darwin. Forme this election is about water, not gas. In these days of permanent drought, I find it inconceivable that Labor has issued an exploration licence to look for uranium and possibly mine it 5km away from our water catchment area. Can we really risk contamination of this stuff of life? I was in France in 1986 when the Chernobyl cloud covered Europe. The night it went over it was raining. The fear the next day of whether we had all been contaminated was terrifying. The following destruction of livestock and crops in aneffort to contain contamination was widespread and awful. The delivery of contamination was by air. Here it could be by water. Why should we trust our lives to big business Cameco/Paladinwhose track record on safety in Canada is bad? Ask yourself: Where will you go if our water is contaminated by uranium? What part of drought-stricken Australia will you move to? I feel betrayed by Labor. I hoped formore after all these years of neglect by the CLP and Howard governments. Instead they have picked up the ball and kept running with it. I will not be givingmy vote to any political party that puts big business and greed before the safety of our water supply and the 28,000 people that call Alice Springs home. Julie DBras Sadadeen