Policy Officer's message

To the supporters of ALEC,

My name is Alex Vaughan and I am the new Policy Officer at ALEC. It is a privilege to join such a passionate team seeking to preserve the health and wellbeing of arid lands. I am really excited to be in Mpartwe/Alice Springs and continue the fight to protect water, land, climate and culture. 

I have recently relocated from Sydney, where I completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney majoring in Environmental Studies and Plant Science, as well as completing Honours in Geography. I am currently publishing an academic paper on Sydney’s renewable energy transition, in addition to tutoring a second year geography subject. I love to hike and camp, read about Indigenous history and Indigenous land management practices, cook tasty savoury treats and develop my native plant identification skills.  

Since starting at ALEC, I have submitted two submissions to the NTG. One related to Fortune Agribusiness and their water licence application demanding 40 billion litres of water a year for 30 years in the Western Davenport region - which would be the largest water allocation in the Northern Territory. The other submission responded to Central Petroleum and their proposal to explore, develop and produce gas and oil from seven new wells, across five different gas fields in the Amadeus Basin. Wells were located in the Dingo, Orange, Palm Valley and Mereenie gas fields, in addition to the Surprise oil field, stretching across 300kms.

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