NT Media Releases

Industry Welcomes Government Decision to Ban Synthetic Drugs

The Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division today welcomed the Northern Territory Government?s decision to ban the synthetic hallucinogen known as ?Kronic?. Details of the ban were released today by the Chief Minister. The Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division, Mr Peter Stewart, said that the Government had responded quickly to industry and community concerns about the substance, especially following reports that the effects of the substance are similar to cannabis. The Government?s decision follows a call by the industry for a report on the substance and its effects.
?The industry takes safety very seriously and has been concerned by reports of Kronic?s hallucinogenic effects and potential to effect individuals? judgement and ability to work safely?, said Mr Stewart. ?These concerns apply to the operation of a motor vehicle on a public roadway or the operation of plant and equipment on a mine site.?
Details of the substance came to light earlier his year following reports of its use in Western Australia. Since then the Western Australian and Queensland Governments have banned the substance.
The ban by the Northern Territory Government will mean that possession and consumption of the substance would soon be illegal.
Mr Stewart reminded all employees of their duty to be fit for work and to work safely and responsibly. ?Don?t take risks based on ?reports? that the substance is not detectable using current techniques. The principles of safety dictate that an employee is responsible for his/her safety and that of his/her fellow workers?, he said.

MCA Indigenous Pre-Employment Program

The Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division today launched its 2011 Indigenous Pre-Employment Program at Parliament House in Darwin. The launch was hosted by the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Resources, Kon Vatskalis and attended by approximately 55 members of industry and government, including many of the 20 new trainees who will commence their pre-employment program at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education tomorrow.

Angela Pamela Uranium Mine – Opposition to Establishment

The Northern Territory Government?s decision to oppose the establishment of the Angela Pamela mine near Alice Springs will act as a further disincentive to develop the NT?s minerals industry. During parliamentary sittings in Alice Springs this week, an NT Government motion - carried 13 votes to 12 - endorsed the Government?s opposition to the establishment of the Angela Pamela uranium mine.

New Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia - Northern Territory Division

The Minerals Council of Australia has appointed Mr Peter Stewart as Executive Director of the Minerals Council of Australia ? Northern Territory Division. Mr Stewart brings a wealth of minerals industry experience to the position having most recently served as President (North America) of GMC Global and before that holding a range of positions with Burdekin River Resources, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Newmont and Normandy Mining Limited. He also spent three years as Director of Contracts and Procurement for the NT Government.
?Peter has been involved with the minerals industry for much of his working life and, with his experience in Government, will be an asset to the industry in the Territory as it continues to expand to meet the burgeoning global demand for Australia?s resources,? MCA Chief Executive Officer Mitch Hooke said.
Mr Stewart replaces Scott Perkins who joined the Northern Territory Resources Council in May 2008. The NTRC merged with the MCA last year.
Mr Bryan Quinn, General Manager of GEMCO and President of the MCA-NT Management Committee said Scott Perkins had done a great job advancing the interests of the industry.
?The industry greatly appreciates Scott?s efforts and determination to ensure that mining remains the backbone of the Territory?s economy. The Management Committee looks forward to working with Peter as the NT industry continues to expand,? Mr Quinn said.
Peter Stewart commences with the MCA NT on November 8.

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