Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0808 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 8 AUGUST 2014
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I OFTEN tell the story of Tennant Creek,
economic powerhouse of the Northern
Territory during the 1960s, 70s and 80s!
People in the know relate to those days where
Tennant Creek produced the majority of North-
ern Territory, Gross State Product through gold
and copper production.
This bygone era of mining represented the
culture where companies built the town and in
respect of Peko, Warrego and Nobles Nob the
companies built and ran the towns.
Falling world metal prices, escalating labour
costs, global competition and a major earth
quake saw the down turn in Tennant Creek’s
mining industry and the end of a golden era in
both social and economic terms.
Sadly the Northern Territory Government
lacked political vision for diversifying Tennant’s
economic base and embarked upon policy for
review and cuts as the skilled work force left
town for jobs in Queensland, South Australia
and Western Australia.
As Tennant Creek population logistics declined
CLP economic policy slashed public sector jobs,
sold off public assets like housing and region-
alised public services to Alice Springs loosing
important intra Territory transport links.
Nhulunbuy risks repeating history with the
loss of 1200 jobs and downsizing of public
services including health and education unless
Chief Minister Giles and CLP Government hold
Rio Tinto to account with adaptive economic
Rio Tinto’s curtailment of a major alumina re-
finery effectively sees the end of its commercial
life now risking serious environment hazards
from massive plant and equipment perched on
the pristine Nhulunbuy peninsula at the mercy
of sea, salt and wind!
The value of the plant now becomes lucrative
scrap metal adjacent to a deep water port with
efficient loading facilities and all tides shipping
access providing a potential massive recycling
project employing hundreds of workers.
Rio Tinto’s 40-year business plan expands
export of bauxite therefore requiring a bulk
commodity port which could be created on the
existing site after the refinery is scrapped and
sold to China’s hungry steel blast furnaces.
Rehabilitation is the key word for Rio Tinto
and the Northern Territory Government must
demand a program to deliver an industrial
compromise utilising the existing contaminated
landscape for constructing a bulk commodity
port and loading facility before the refinery
decays into the environment.
Adam Giles reneged on the Gas to Gove deal
supporting Rio to close the refinery and cutting
jobs therefore needs to demonstrate leadership
supporting the people of Nhulunbuy in addi-
tion to providing North East Arnhem regional
Scrapping the refinery and rehabilitation of
the lease to construct a bulk commodity port
represents my plan offered in good faith to the
Nhulunbuy needs intensive support to diversify
its economic base, maintain important Govern-
ment services, secure regional transport links
and stabilize the population only possible if both
Federal and Territory Governments stand up to
the corporate giant.
Victoria and South Australia secured Federal
support for loss of car manufacturing so where
is the ‘hand up’ for Nhulunbuy or does NT Chief
Minister Giles not care?
Member for Barkly
Nhulunbuy Plan –
in good faith
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