The Centralian advocate Fri 2 Jun 2006
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42 Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 2, 2006 PU B :C A D V D A TE:2-JU N -2006 PA G E:42 C O LO R : C M Y K Local specialists in urban and remote area integrated, sustainable development Buildings, energy, water, waste Monitoring, evaluation, technical advice, grant preparation, property design and effi ciency programs Consultation, participatory planning and education programs Phone: (08) 8952 6066 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 80 5/ 06 Director welcome Director welcome THE Centre for Sustainable Arid Towns welcomes new CSAT director Dr David de Vries. David will take over from outgoing director Glenn Marshall. David comes from a strong science background having held positions at international science institutions and universities. For the last nine years he has worked on broader sustainability questions consulting in permaculture and naturopathy. He is looking forward to continuing with CSATs focus on energy, water and waste management and the thermal performance of buildings. CSAT will also explore expansion of the business into new fields including arid land sustainability courses and plant medicines. CSAT wishes CSAT founder Glenn Marshall andhis familywell in their new experience in Indonesia. Nuclear waste dump a threat, says ALEC WHILE the world celebrates World Environment Day, Australias deserts are being threatened by the proposed NT nuclear waste dump, the Arid Lands Environment Centre said. Despite promises a dump can be safely operated, the most dangerous waste will remain radioactive for 250,000 years, far beyond any contractual obligations of the company building or running the facility. The Federal Government is yet to announce what sort of waste dump it is planning in theNT, but it is likely to incorporate a shallow, unlined trench and an above-ground store. Waste would be transported thousands of kilometres, through hundreds of communities. There is the potential for accidentsduring transport or handling, which pose grave risks to our fragile ecosystems, ALEC said. There are communities living within 20km of all three nominated Department of Defence sites who are concerned sources of water and food could be contaminated for many generations. Many organistions, including the AustralianNuclearAssociation with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, have stated the waste can be stored at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney, where the majority of the waste earmarked for the dump would be produced. For more information about the waste dump proposal or how to join the NT NoWaste Alliance, contact the ALEC-Beyond Nuclear Initiative (ALECBN I ) 8 9 5 2 2 0 1 1 , email@example.com. The Alice Action group meets every Wednesday, 6pm, at ALEC, 39 Hartley St. WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Centralian AdvocateAdvertising Feature Park joy for kids School visits popular ... zookeeper Jon Delaine with a kangaroo at the Desert Park. A RECENT initiative of the NT Government was to open the gates of the Alice Springs Desert Park to NT schoolchildren for free school visits. Many Alice Springs schools have already taken up the offer and the Desert Park reports there has been a marked increase in school visits since the introduction of the scheme. The Desert Park is made of three desert habitats Desert Rivers, Sand Country and Woodland, along with the Nature Theatre and Nocturnal House. Each of the habitats illustrates adifferent environmental message: Desert Rivers show the true diversity of life within our deserts. Sand Country illustrates the adaptations that animals, plants and people need to survive in harsh desert environments. Woodland reveals the changes people have caused to deserts. Department ofEducation cur riculum officer Emma Bliss is based at the Alice Springs Desert Park and is available to support teachers in planning park visits and helping with accompanying units of work. Also, with prior arrangement, schools can access the services of the Desert Park Guides department to assist them with their visit. Guides can walk students of all ages through the habitats and discuss environmental issues that face Central Australia.