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Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986



Miscellaneous Correspondence and Data on Alice Springs Flooding 1986


Hamlyn-Harris, D.; Galton, R. P.; Charrington, Rowan; Freyling, Ron


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Report no. 33/1986







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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Report no. 33/1986

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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I' 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 FREYLING: I think that in the majority of cases that would be the case, it would be deterioration of quality. I think there are a couple of border areas where there could be problems with water supply, but they are ones that are pretty well documented anyhow. PORTLOCK: Mr. Chairman, it seems that this will be a very slow process, there is nothing that we should address ourselves to the meeting? you are going to get some warnings of over six or eight months before anything major will happen, will we have to shift any people out. PAIGE: The results of this survey will in fact show that, as we expected that some outstaion communities no longer have suitable quality water at this stage. PORTLOCK: Then Mr. Chairman, we may have to at some time be involved with the removal of an entire community, if it gets to the stage of no water. FREYLING: There are options as to whether you take water to them or shift them out, or put a desalinater in, but there are opetions ILETT: Who is looking at that problem now? FREYLING: The samples are being analysed in Darwin, it is going to take some weeks for all the results to get back. As they are filtering back we check across with what we already have. To compile the whole thing is going to take some time. ILETT: I realise that, but you were saying that in some areas their water is not good enough, who is looking after the situation? are they going to bring people out or take water in? who is looking after the welfare of the people? BLACK: In relation to the outstations, it is more a decision that is made by the individuals themselves when it's getting a bit low~ There are still people in bad circumstances and things could go wrong, but I think we are far more concerned about the major communities and some of the major outstaions, they tend to have patterns of movement around them and not so much infrastructure, so it is fairly easy for people to move, it's the ones where there a lot of people and that would be a big problem, the little ones can arrange transport when it's not too bad. ILETT: What I am trying to get at is are they checking fairly regularly?