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THE Scientific Inquiry
into Hydraulic Frac-
turing in the Northern
Territory met in Ten-
nant Creek last week
in preparation for the
first round of con-
sultations to be held
Inquiry Chair Justice
Rachel Pepper and Panel
Member Professor Barry
Hart met with key stake-
holders including the
Barkly Region Economic
The visit coincided with
the release of a Back-
JULALIKARI Council’s board of
directors have been replaced by
special administrators but Pat
Brahim retains her position as
Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
Anthony Beven appointed Gerry Mier
and Tony Jonsson from the Cairns-based
firm Grant Thornton as special adminis-
trators last week.
They will focus on restoring confidence
in Julalikari’s governance processes,
improving communications with key
stakeholders and ensuring services to the
community are not compromised.
The troubled Aboriginal corporation,
which is the largest employer in the
Barkly region with more than 90 per-
manent staff, was placed into special
administration after an independent ex-
amination in October last year revealed it
had experienced a significant breakdown
in its relationships with members, key
stakeholders and commercial partners.
Mr Beven said the loss of support had
impacted on its ability to respond to
important governance and operational
“Julalikari has been through a difficult
period,” he said.
“There is frustration on all sides.
The special administrators will provide
an opportunity for all parties to restart
conversations in good faith, restructure
the corporation’s governance and refocus
its energy on delivering high quality
Julalikari board of directors
ground and Issues Paper
that identifies the poten-
tial risks of the hydraulic
fracturing of onshore un-
and associated activities
in the Northern Territory
within the terms of refer-
ence of the Inquiry.
Justice Pepper heads the
panel of ten scientists with
expertise in disciplines
such as water, geology,
ecology, health, sociology
She said the paper in-
cluded information about
the differences between
conventional and uncon-
ventional gas, coal seam
gas and shale gas as well
as the locations of pro-
spective shale gas reser-
voirs in the Territory.
“It also provides an over-
view of prior reports pro-
duced on hydraulic frac-
turing as well as an outline
of the regulatory frame-
work for hydraulic frac-
turing and the petroleum
industry in the Northern
Territory,” she said.
Justice Pepper said the
Inquiry Panel was look-
ing forward to community
input at the consultation
meeting and that feedback
would be included in an
“We genuinely want to
capture the views of Ter-
ritorians,” she said.
“It’s their inquiry so I
urge everyone to have a
Next week’s community
meeting in Tennant will
begin with a structured
consultation followed by a
presentation from Geosci-
ence Australia on fracking.
Fracking inquiry to meet in Tennant
INVESTIGATING ALL FACTS: Barkly Region Economic Development Committee Chair Greg Marlow, Inquiry Chair, Justice Rachel Pepper and Panel
Member, Professor Barry Hart AM.
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