Spotlight on gas exploration
YOU’D be barking mad to miss the 2016 Darwin Pet Expo.
Last year there were rats in handbags, snakes around necks, birds on shoulders and the sound of happy panting everywhere, Darwin Pet Expo committee chair Heather Havens said.
“One thing I’d like to see is the MAJOR oil and gas producers will give a briefing on exploration and in the McArthur and Betaloo Basins in Katherine on May 23.
The briefing will precede a mining and exploration forum.
At the centre of discussions will be the impact of onshore gas impacts from leading industry players including Pangaea Resources.
Sturt Plateau station owner Rohan Sullivan believes the forum is a “must attend” for people who want to know more about the industry.
“This is the information that landholders on the Sturt RSPCA out of a job,” Ms Havens laughed. She explained the expo wanted to see all animals in happy, responsible homes.
The 2016 Darwin Pet Expo promoted responsible pet ownership, and will be hosting Paws Darwin, Top End Rehoming Group Inc and RSPCA Darwin.
“We generally have about 30 exhibitors,” she said. Plateau have had access to as part of their ongoing dealings with shale gas exploration in the region,” he said.
“I believe it will be an interesting and informative session.”
Mr Sullivan said the debate about shale gas had confused many due to a lack of information.
“The oil and gas debate continues in the Territory,” he said.
“Much of the debate so far has been based on extremist opinions and only loosely on facts. Many people I speak to are unable to reach an informed opinion because of a lack of relevant factual information.”
The session will be held at the conference room in Knotts Crossing from 1pm.
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“We have 23 so far — and this year we have a different one, we have pet fashion.” Modelling the latest in pet fashion will be eight-year-old Dozer and seven-year-old Dollop.
Their owner, Meg Gardner, owns D & D Dog Coats and has shipped her designs around Australia and the world.
She donates the majority of the profits to animal welfare charities.
“Just about every rescued Great Dane in the country owns one of my designs,” Ms Gardner said.
She added it was her first time at the Darwin Pet Expo.
The expo is currently booking exhibitors for the May 29 event.
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Meg Gardner, with her Great Danes Dozer and Dollop, will exhibit her clothes and PJ's for pooches at the Darwin Pet Expo