Even more people packed into the Town Council's public gallery last night to support Councillor Jimmy Cocking in his bid to get council to do more about the changing climate. His persistence, their persistence paid off. The language of emergency was not adopted, but support to strengthen council's response across the board was, unanimously. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Is it an opportunity for public comment? Or has the government already made up its mind? Will Aborigines decide on fracking their land – for or against – which makes up half of the NT? Chaos reigns, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.
"The mining industry are not the economic saviours that they make themselves out to be. They employ a small proportion of the NT workforce and are consistently propped up by government subsidies, while only ever offering boom and bust cycles of economic activity," writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), CEO of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
A clandestine process has plunged the Town Council into a state of near dysfunction, and the nine elected members, far from representing the town in an atmosphere of collaboration and openness, are in the shadows of distrust and fear of financially crippling litigation. Yet the Minister responsible for local government, Gerry McCarthy (pictured), is not available to give answers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Mr McCarthy with a public housing tenant during a media event on September 12 when he neither ruled out nor confirmed that the NT Government would compulsorily acquire Anzac Oval.