Let’s put so­lar farm in CBD

NT News - - OPINION -

THE Bar­ne­son Boule­vard project has been the sub­ject of strong op­po­si­tion, largely on the grounds of the con­flict be­tween preser­va­tion of our unique his­tory and the ever-in­creas­ing dom­i­na­tion of our lives by the mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Much of the land in­volved was orig­i­nally the tank farm and there are se­ri­ous con­cerns that de­vel­op­ing a res­i­den­tial com­plex will re­sult in toxic dust dur­ing con­struc­tion and pos­si­bly con­tin­u­ing pol­lu­tion of the soil as a health haz­ard to res­i­dents.

Busi­nesses that move out of the CBD be­cause of high costs and cli­mate warm­ing will mean that there will be in­creas­ing costs in air­con­di­tion­ing. Rather than of­fer­ing prof­its on a plate to a de­vel­oper – cost to the pub­lic to be known fur­ther down the track as prob­lems emerge, what about this?

Cover the area with suit­ably im­per­vi­ous ma­te­rial – topped with suit­able soil, rais­ing the level to en­sure ris­ing wa­ter lev­els do not im­pinge on the site – and con­struct a so­lar farm.

Re­place oil as a dirty fuel source with a clean en­ergy source and re­duce costs of power. Given our abun­dant sun­shine, it might also be pos­si­ble to es­tab­lish a ther­mal so­lar gen­er­a­tor to pro­vide 24-hour power sup­plies.

Plan­ning for fu­ture change is an im­per­a­tive and we are only cus­to­di­ans of the en­vi­ron­ment for our de­scen­dants. Rose­mary Ja­cob,

Fan­nie Bay

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