Spot­light on gas ex­plo­ration

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS ASH­LEY MANICAROS

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.

Reg­is­ter by email­ing sturt­plateau@gmail.com by May 19.

“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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, search “Dar­win Pet Expo” on Face­book, or email dar­win­pe­t­expo@ya­hoo.com.au.

Pic­ture: HELEN ORR

Meg Gard­ner, with her Great Danes Dozer and Dol­lop, will ex­hibit her clothes and PJ's for pooches at the Dar­win Pet Expo

Rohan Sul­li­van

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