Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0226 TDT Contents I READ the letter from Chief Minister,
Adam Giles (“Fracking moratorium
plan would crash Barkly’s economic
hopes”, TDT 19/2/16), where he be-
rates NT-ALP policies for the envi-
On fracking, Mr Giles quotes Australia’s
Chief Scientist, Dr. Alan Finkel: “The
evidence is that, if properly regulated, it’s
That’s the key, Mr Giles, “properly regu-
lated”, yet there are NO proper regulations
in place and the NT-ALP has reaffirmed
that “Until a proper regulatory framework
is created by independent scientific studies,
fracking will not be permitted.”
We all recall the issues with illnesses and
deaths related to asbestos mining and pro-
cessing by James Hardie.
Despite all the claims and counterclaims,
James Hardie never broke any rules and
regulations that were in place at the time
as there weren’t many, that harsh lesson is
why it is important to get the legal and en-
vironmental framework in place, BEFORE
unconventional shale gas exploration takes
I spent many years in oil, gas and mineral
exploration and I have seen from firsthand
experience what takes place on site and ac-
cidents do happen.
Alternative on shore oil and gas explora-
tion from deep shale formations is pioneer
industry practice in the Northern Territory
therefore imperative we get it right with no
margin for error when drilling through pre-
cious underground water resources.
Shale gas exploration is carried out by
highly specialized personnel, so is the
drilling and pipeline construction requiring
expert geophysicists, seismic crews, tool
pushers and pipe line welders, the reality of
jobs and economic development is however
limited in application to the Territory’s re-
gional and remote workforce at this stage.
Comparing Mr Giles promised gas mu-
nificence over our scarce water resources,
valuable grazing land, town and community
social wellbeing I say let’s get the science,
regulation and world’s leading industry
practice in place first, simply put Mr Giles,
not putting the cart before the horse!
– Len Holbrok, Tennant Creek.
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Fracking framework must come before exploration
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A TEACHER with Elliott School was welcomed
to the Barkly region as a new Australian citi-
zen in an emotional ceremony recently.
Barkly Regional Council President Barb Shaw offi-
cially swore in Hazel Jardine as an Australian citizen in
front of her students and several community members.
Ms Jardine said that she was overwhelmed by the well
wishes and kind words of everyone in the community,
including her Year 5 and 6 students, who turned up to
“It was a truly special occasion. I nearly cried when I
walked into the room and saw everyone there. I had to
walk back out again to compose myself,” said Hazel,
who has taught at Elliott School for a number of years.
Originally from a small Scottish village called Winch-
burgh, 16 km west of Edinburgh, Hazel is one of eight
children. She came to Australia in 1967 with her family,
growing up in Hamilton, Victoria.
Hazel married, had two children and became a teacher,
working in Ramingining, Northern Territory, overseas
and now Elliott.
“Even though I was born in Scotland, I feel very
Australian. Australia has given me many opportuni-
ties that I would never have had if we had stayed in
Scotland,” she said.
Heather Wilson presented a Welcome to Country for
the ceremony and BRC Elliott Community Coordina-
tor Gayle Marsden read the Minister’s message with
council staff in attendance at the office to celebrate this
While the President was dressed in her official robes,
council staff member Ktima Heathcote provided a his-
torical background on the Presidential robe, collar and
chain, the Council logo and the tracks of the Barkly.
Ms Shaw said traditionally the citizenship ceremonies
have been held in Tennant Creek but in 2014 it was
agreed that these special events could be conducted in
“It was a truly special day,” President Shaw said.
“Hazel’s students were so proud and I was proud to
formally welcome her to be part of the Barkly com-
NEW ADDITION: Hazel Jardine and President Barb Shaw at the
citizenship ceremony in Elliott.
WELCOMING PARTY: Hazel Jardine surrounded by her students.
TENNANT Creek Primary School’s new
principal is looking forward to living in
Tennant Creek and the year ahead.
Tony Fahey (pictured) took up the position last
month after spending last year teaching at Ti Tree.
Admitting he’s a southerner - and a Richmond
supporter, Tony says he thoroughly enjoys his new
status as a Territorian.
With a career in education spanning around 40
years, Tony is more than qualified for the job and
has plenty of enthusiasm.
He actually retired at the end of 2014 but found
he wasn’t ready for the quiet life and so he and
his wife, Anne, headed up from Victoria to the red
heart of the country. Having cut his Territory teeth
at Ti Tree, Tony decided to apply for the position
at the Primary School.
“I am thoroughly committed to advancing the
educational opportunities for our students and am
looking forward to the journey,” he said.
Primary School welcomes new principal
TWO men were arrested
on Sunday following a
Instead of heading to the
pub for a meal and a quiet
drink, the men, aged 18 and
26, allegedly took alcohol
and food from a Maloney
Street home last Friday.
The following night, the
two broke into another house
and stole more alcohol while
the occupant was asleep
Detective Sergeant Kieron
Weller said police noticed
the 18-year-old holding two
bottles of wine and although
he ran, officers ran faster and
caught up with him after a
He allegedly admitted to
another break-in earlier that
night and another the previ-
Later that evening, the
26-year-old male was ar-
rested for drink-driving.
Police identified him as the
co-offender of the break-and-
enter earlier that night. He
was charged with damaging
property, unlawful entry and
The 18-year-old was
charged with four counts
each of unlawful entry and
stealing and two counts of
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