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SCIENTIFIC Inquiry into
In the Northern territory
Regional and Remote Community Consultation March 2017
The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the
Northern Territory will visit 11 regional and remote communities this month
as part of its first stage of Territory wide community consultation.
The Inquiry has released a Background and Issues Paper and wants
community feedback on the environmental, social, cultural and economic
themes it will examine.
Have Your Say!
Individuals and organisations are invited to attend a community meeting
to meet the Inquiry Chair, find out more about hydraulic fracturing and
provide feedback to the Inquiry.
Visit frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au for venues and meeting times. Translation
services will be available at community meetings.
Community Consultation Schedule
Maningrida - 20 March
Mataranka - 23 March
Gapuwiyak - 20 March
Timber Creek - 24 March
Nhulunbuy - 20 March
Wadeye - 27 March
Ngukurr - 21 March
Yuendumu - 28 March
Borroloola - 21 March
Hermannsburg - 29 March
Daly Waters - 22 March
For more information and to register go to
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull
will chair a taskforce to address
key issues in regional Australia
including the Northern Territory.
The Federal Government announced the
establishment of the Regional Ministerial
Taskforce on Wednesday.
NT Senator Nigel Scullion said the
taskforce aimed to improve the lives
of people in rural, regional and remote
“The issues affecting rural, regional and
remote Territorians are not restricted to
the regional development portfolio, they
span across many portfolios including
health, education, transport and infra-
structure,” he said.
“A cross-portfolio taskforce is the best
way to look at those issues and allows us
to continue to expand on our investment
in the NT across government, not just in
the regional development portfolio.
“It’s important we do not consider is-
sues in silos and that our thinking goes
well beyond the next electoral cycle.”
Senator Scullion said the regions were
responsible for almost three-quarters of
Australia’s exports with the Territory
well known for its agricultural produc-
tion including cattle and mangoes as well
as a strong tourism sector.
Deputy Leader of the Nationals Fiona
Nash will be deputy chair of the task-
Other members are Agriculture and
Water Resources Minister Barnaby
Joyce, Education Minister Simon Bir-
mingham, Health Minister Greg Hunt,
Infrastructure and Transport Minister
Darren Chester, Industry, Innovation and
Science Minister Arthur Sinodinos and
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.
PM to head taskforce on
regional areas issues
ALTHOUGH the Northern Gas
Pipeline constructor, Jemena, still
has to win over Traditional Own-
ers who lodged an emergency
objection last month, it has been
granted environmental approval
from the Federal and Queensland
The company is still waiting on envi-
ronmental approval from the Northern
Territory Government. However, the
NT Environmental Protection Authority
(EPA) has released a report that finds the
company has appropriately considered
risks and potential impacts to biodiver-
sity, soils and socio-economic aspects
The EPA made eight recommendations
including that impacts to all semi-perma-
nent and permanent pools in the Ranken,
James and Georgina Rivers be avoided.
However, objectors to the $800 mil-
lion, 622 kilometre gas pipeline between
Tennant Creek and Mount Isa want all
approvals delayed until the inquiry into
hydraulic fracturing is complete.
The Inquiry, headed by Justice Rachel
Pepper, held a hearing in Tennant Creek
last week where a range of issues were
presented to the panel by residents and
Several people voiced concerns about
potential damage to the water table and
its effect on the cattle industry and com-
Soil degradation, damage to roads and
how the industry would be regulated
were amongst the concerns raised.
Cattlemen were worried about not
having a right to veto fracking on their
stations as well as what damage the min-
ing companies might leave in their wake.
Environmental approval for pipeline
A TEENAGER miss-
ing from the Hunter
Valley area in New
South Wales may
have been sighted at
Alice Springs Airport
Zac Barnes was last seen
in Thornton, NSW last
He was reportedly in a
distressed state and has
not been heard from since.
Friends are now wonder-
ing if the 18-year-old may
be working or staying
around Alice Springs or
He has a distinctive VB
tattoo on his right calf.
More information and
contact numbers can be
found at the Help Find Zac
Barnes Facebook page.
Search for missing teen
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