Drinking water containing uranium at the rate of up to three times the safe level is used in several Central Australian communities, according to the environmental group, Friends of the Earth Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA 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.
It would be a further step towards meeting the growing demand for organic beef, says enterprising cattle man Wally Klein. Meanwhile retiring Cattlemen's Association president Tom Stockwell gives the association's annual meeting a resolute overview: Our "good fortune" with respect to climate change; time for Aborigines to look after themselves and water should be treated as a "competitive advantage rather than a scarce commodity". ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: Mr Nott and Mr Stockwell; Mr Klein with Indonesian cattle buyers.
The NT Government must use the information from its water drilling program to build a knowledge bank that allows for the sustainable development, but venturing down this path without a moratorium on fracking in the NT will see the tragic abuse of the groundwater that nurtures all life out here, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), Director, Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).
An allocation of $2.4m over four years in the 2014 Territory Budget for exploration of water resources is being spread over nine regions, an effort an Alice Springs Councillor calls meagre but at least a start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.