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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 6 issue 46

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coming here for leisure. As a representative of Bizcom, I'm hoping that we can tap in [to the supply of] things like office machinery, computers, networking. TERRY LILLIS (Centrebet, real estate developing): I don't expect my business to increase as such but as a resident of the town I expect that there will be some additional benefits in terms of people coming to live here, and a flow-on of financial benefits. I do believe there will be a long-term financial return for the town. JEFF FARMER (communications, electronics): We don't appear to be in a position to get anything directly out of it. But when the gas pipeline went through there was a need for quite a bit of communications equipment, and we've maintained quite a bit in the past, which came out of the blue. It depends who gets the contract. If someone like MacMahons get it, they may approach us because we've worked for them in the past. We're local. But it's only maintenance. They'll have equipment of their own. Whoever gets the contract will bring up their own radio communications equipment. NEIL ROSS (engineering): There'll be opportunities for us, for sure, but it's really hard to tell until the contracts come out. I'd be disappointed if we didn't get anything. The area where they're really going to be short is manpower. There are not many big contracts we're going to get. The sad fact is that bridges, for instance, are going to lend themselves to specialist big fabricators. The best we can hope for is some of the side work, support works on the earth moving equipment. The big contracts are going to go to the big players. I can't see how it can be any different, to be honest. COLIN GIFFORD (building supplies): Prior to the [Chief Minister's briefing last week] there was a lot negativity about what we were going to get out of it, and much of that came from the transport industry, particularly on the long haul side of things. Following the meeting there has been a lot more positive attitude. I don't think it's going to be a boom for the industry I'm in, but I do think as people are employed on the railway there will be more income generated into the households. As a result of that they will be more inclined to upgrade their homes, their garages, garden sheds, and the patios and pergolas. That's probably going to be the major spin-off for us. *) Mr Cloke is the chairman of the Alice Town Council's Economic Development Advisory Committee. He's one of the cofounders of the Central Australian Regional Development Committee which he says will comprise probably most of the existing members of the present committee plus more business people and some representation from regional areas such as Ti Tree and Yulara. "We will have much better contact with government. "We intend to use the committee as a lobbying group to get people's views in business across to government," says Mr Cloke. "We'll hopefully get a lot of cooperation from government people, more so than we've had to date." IT'LL TAKE A LOT OF TRAINS TO BEAT OUR TRUCKS! BY DOROTHY GRIMM. The National Drive for Safety was observed in the Northern Territory on Saturday when MHR Warren Snowdon boarded a prime mover outside his office in Alice Springs and headed for the Tropic of Capricorn Monument up the Stuart Highway. With driver Joe White behind the wheel and Alice Springs News journalist Dorothy Grimm "bouncing" on the soft spring mattress in the truck's bunk, the journey was a hour-long look into life inside a road train, in this instance one operated by NT Fuels. The National Drive for Safety is an Australia-wide event just before Christmas, designed to promote road safety and the role of the trucking industry . It also aims to bring Members of Parliament into contact with people in the industry, from drivers to managers. The prime mover selected for Mr Snowdon's journey was a Mack Titan 600 hp three-trailer combination - the latest in Territory road transport. Joe, 26 years of age and based in Darwin, explained that the prime mover has 18 gears arranged in H-patterns of four plus two reverses. He said the prime mover would have cost more than a million dollars and is turned over every couple of years in order to ensure everything is fully operational. Joe also pointed out the various pieces of communication equipment including a normal phone, a satellite phone, a VHF transmitter and a CB system which, he said, isn't used that often any more. The truck is airconditioned and equipped with a small refrigerator, bunk and CD player, and its dash board looks like a sophisticated computer terminal. It has a diagnostic code so that if something goes wrong, Joe does not have to guess, the truck "tells" him and comes fully stocked with instruction manuals which explain what to do about it. INDUSTRY Although he has only been with NT Fuels for "a couple of months", Joe has been in the trucking industry for more than eight years, first as an apprentice mechanic with Mack trucks, then as a combination mechanic and driver. He has driven in many parts of Australia, on sealed roads and on dirt. "To be a truckie' today one needs to be multi-skilled,' Joe said. "Everything is computerised. "People often say to me you're just a truckie,' but little do they know all the skills required to operate one of these prime movers." The journey was so smooth and enjoyable, that when Joe commented that perhaps we had missed the turnaround at the Tropic of Capricorn Marker, Mr Snowdon said, "That's okay, let's keep going.' Joe finds that motorists in the Territory are very respectful of road trains and that the NT Police are "the best in Australia". Mr Snowdon asked Joe how he thought the Alice Springs to Darwin railway would affect his work. Joe thought the demand for fuel in Central Australia was such that the railway would