News

364 have say on fracking in NT

Images like this shale gasfield in Green River Basin, Wyoming, in the United States, is what the Labor Government will be trying to ensure does not happen in the NT through conducting its inquiry into fracking.
Images like this shale gasfield in Green River Basin, Wyoming, in the United States, is what the Labor Government will be trying to ensure does not happen in the NT through conducting its inquiry into fracking. Contributed

THE Northern Territory Government has rejected claims there was a problem with the website that was set up to take submissions about the forthcoming inquiry into fracking in the NT.

In a statement last week, Frack-Free NT quoted members of the public who said they were told by people within government "that the webpage hasn't been capturing submissions" for the Draft Terms of Reference for the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs.

Submissions for the inquiry's draft terms closed at midnight on October 13.

Two days beforehand, Frack-Free NT called on the government to extend the date for submissions because of the "technical issue".

In the Frack-Free statement, Pauline Cass said she contacted the Chief Minister's office to make sure her submission and others from family members had been received and was told there were issues.

"The IT guy in the Chief Minister's office told us there has been a technical issue and the webpage hasn't been capturing submissions," Ms Cass said.

"Getting the Terms of Reference right for the fracking inquiry is critical. It will determine if they actually get to research the things that matter to Territorians.

"I think it's only fair that the government makes a public announcement on their webpage fail and extends the consultation time on the Terms of Reference for another month.

"Hundreds of people could have put in submissions that have now been lost.

"This is a disaster for Territorians who have strong views on this issue and who have been disenfranchised by Minister Gunner rushing through this process in a bid to placate the gas industry."

The Frack-Free statement also said that Katherine residents found the same issue when they called to check their submissions were received.

A spokeswoman for Ken Vowles, the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, told Rural Weekly there had been no issue with the website.

"There has not been any IT troubles preventing submissions from being entered," the spokeswoman said in an email reply to questions from Rural Weekly.

Meanwhile, the government said it had received 364 submissions for the Draft Terms of Reference.

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss said the number of submissions received from the community demonstrated the importance of an open and transparent process.

"The government has kept faith with the thousands of Territorians who voted for a moratorium on fracking and an open and transparent process of community consultation and scientific investigation," Ms Moss said.

"To have such a high level of response shows how important the community sees not just this issue, but engaging proactively with the government.

"The Northern Territory Government is pleased that so many people took the time to lodge a submission to have their voices heard."

Following the finalisation of the Terms of Reference, and the formation of the inquiry panel, public consultation sessions and meetings will be held in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and other regional communities.

Ms Moss said the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional reservoirs within the Territory would remain in place until government had thoroughly considered the recommendations of the inquiry.

Topics:  frack-free nt fracking inquiry northern territory government submissions



Clarence claims our First Lady of Blues

Catch the incredible Fiona Boyes live at Yamba's Pacific Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Claiming the First lady of Blues

'Thank you, NSW. It has been an honour'

Mike Baird posted this photo on Facebook after announcing his retirement from politics.

The out-going premier takes to Facebook for his final farewell

Wartime Women's Weeklys discovered under reno lino

RENO RELICS: Pages from the 1938 and 1940 editions of the Australian Women's Weekly Grafton man Rob Osborne found while renovating a house in South Grafton.

Amateur history buff enjoys finding 70+ year-old magazines.

Local Partners

Baird will be 'sorely missed'

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis says the Clarence Valley has benefited from Mike Baird's time as Premier.


Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

See the historical heritage horses

OPEN DAY: Enjoy a day out learning or finding your next dream horse from the Guy Fawkes River National Park.

Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association Inc. open day.

Conservatorium's petting zoo for musical instruments

Make 2017 the year you learn a new musical instrument. Come along to the Clarence Valley Conservatorium's 'petting zoo' and find your preferred model. All ages are welcome.

Kicking off musical season with petting zoo for instruments

Australians all let us recoil with an evening of mayhem

Paul Fenech aka Franky Falzoni is back in Grafton with his wacky bunch from Fat Pizza and Housos next Wednesday night.

The madcap team from Housos and Fat Pizza back in Grafton

Your chance to drive like Magnum P.I.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. with his trusty 'side-kick' Ferrari.

FERRARI that appeared on classic detective show goes to auction.

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!