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TICKED OFF AT BEING KICKED OFF: Jacqueline Bethel has referred the disendorsement matter to ORIC
A PIPE dream to build a railway linking
Tennant Creek and Mount Isa looks to
be steaming ahead with a scoping study
tender issued this week.
Successful tenderer, Port Jackson Partners, will
investigate opportunities and benefits the railway
would provide and how to give the project the best
chance of success.
Chief Minister Adam Giles said the 600-kilo-
metre railway between the towns could provide
enormous economic opportunities.
“It would open up new mining projects and boost
development for the Territory,” he said.
“Preliminary investigations suggest a number of
mining companies in the Mount Isa area could be
interested in exporting through the Port of Darwin
instead of Townsville.
“We don’t need a feasibility study to tell us
that we should open opportunities to develop the
significant resources we know exist in this region.
“This piece of enabling infrastructure would
join to, and benefit from, the existing railways
between Adelaide and Darwin and Mount Isa to
Townsville, providing an efficient route to market
for potential new projects in the region and a new
logistics option for those who currently use both
Mr Giles said it would be quicker and cheaper to
export from Western Queensland through Darwin
because it would save days in shipping time.
Port Jackson Partners will deliver an initial report
to the Territory Government in November, with
the scoping study to consider the economic and
business case for the project, where trade might
come from, ownership of the railway and the
impact on new and existing freight users.
Meanwhile, the NT and Queensland Govern-
ments are also undertaking related studies to
the technical feasibility of the project based on
engineering, environmental and heritage con-
Mr Giles said inadequate economic infrastruc-
ture is a significant barrier to the development of
Northern Australia so it was vital that a project
like this was given every consideration.
“That’s why my Government has released an
economic development strategy setting out a
roadmap for delivering a prosperous economic
future for the Northern Territory,” he said.
“And it is why my Government has initiated
key projects such as the gas pipeline connecting
the Territory to the eastern gas markets, to unlock
the full potential of the Territory and create op-
portunities to deliver more jobs, better services
and improve our way of life.”
rail link tender
plans on track
A TENNANT Creek woman who has been struck off Jula-
likari’s (JCAC) membership register says the move was in
breach of the organisation’s rules.
Jacqueline Bethel applied for membership last year and six months
ago she received a formal letter confirming her membership of the
However, on the eve of its annual general meeting, and in the face
of heavy community criticism of its management, Ms Bethel received
a letter this week from Julalikari’s Board of Directors, informing her
that her membership had been retrospectively denied.
‘Apologies for the confusion and the inconvenience’, the letter said.
The Tennant Times understands several others also received letters
advising them they were no longer members.
“I was not given a reason for the decision, even though that is required
under the JCAC Rulebook,” Ms Bethel said.
“Further, I wasn’t advised if the decision had been ratified by members
at a special general meeting, which is another stipulation.
Ms Bethel said as far as she was concerned she was still a member of
Julalikari and has referred the matter to the Office of the Registrar of
Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) for further investigation.
“I would have thought the board of directors had more important
things to do than worry about revoking individual memberships, given
the current community sentiment,” she said.
Ms Bethel said she thought the situation was ridiculous. She sup-
ported calls for Julalikari’s management to stand down and have an
administrator appointed to the corporation.
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