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:  fracking inquiry northern territory government submissions



Stan our man for Archibald Prize

Stan Gilchrist in front of the portrait  East Ballina artist Brett Belot will enter in the Archibald Prize later this year.

Local face to be entered in prestigious national art prize

Ten awesome things to do this week

Editor of  Express Examiner Susanna Freymark interviews Casino's 2015 Mr Beef Chad Taylor.

From Mr Beef in Casino to Byron Bay Rugby

Fisherman in hospital after hooking a shark off Evans Head

File photo of NSW Ambulance.

Fisherman in his seventies rushed to hospital after shark encounter.

Local Partners

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Comedy production hits Rochdale stage

Thoroughly relishing their roles as the three crotchety old veterans (performed by Co Gray Wilson, Jason Smith and John Taylor), they provide fascinating individual insights into three proud men who despite their frailties are determined be adventurous and joyful to the end.

Heroes is a comedy play by Gerald Sibleyras.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!