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@ Alex in your haste to have a shot at me you have once again completely embarrassed yourself with another croc of inaccuracies in the endless spiel of drivel you inflict on us all, with delusions of yourself as the town’s self appointed historian.
You forgot about my grandfather, Alex! Then I suppose you wouldn’t know that as you weren’t here! Steve Kilgariff, after whom I am named, father of Bernie, Marion, and Marg, came into the Territory along with his brothers Jack and Joe quite early on.
I don’t have the dates at hand and not being a historian I’ll leave that to those who are. The Kilgariff brothers were responsible for a considerable amount of the early buildings in Alice. Uncle Joe worked on the overland telegraph line as an operator, built and ran the legendary first Pub in Tennant Creek also the Barrow Creek Pub and the Old Riverside here in town.
Steve, with his team of Aboriginal workers, is the Stuff of Legend with a reputation of being capable of enormous amounts of work.
He built the Church at Hermannsburg and Santa Teresa many private and public buildings here in town their story and contribution is immense and too long to enter into.
But for the record, and for those that can’t count, my grandfather Steve was the first generation that we know of to live work and contribute to our town.
My parents Jim and Marion Brown were the second generation to do the same. I, Stephen, along with my nine other brothers and sisters, are the third generation to work and live here. I also have seven children of my own who are the fourth generation to do the same and there are also now 13 grandchildren who make up the fifth generation in town.
A Further inaccuracy Alex! Lionel Rose had nothing at all to do with setting up White Gums Dairy!
Unless of course you call a monumental bureaucratic stuff up assisting, come to think of it with your background you probably do!
There certainly was however backing from some wonderful Territorians, none more so than from Ted and Jane Hayes along with my wonderful grandfather Steve Kilgariff.
Lionel Rose’s contribution consisted of a rather embarrassing “Gaff”, when my father made enquires about the availability of a dairy herd costs etcetera. Somehow during the enquiry process Lionel accidentally ordered the herd which subsequently arrived in Alice Springs completely unbeknown to my father who then had to find finance.
As my dad put it, “very embarrassing at the time”.
Furthermore to your bitter tirade, Alex, AZRI is freehold publicly owned land ideally situated between the existing town its airport and its major industry.
People with vision as exampled by Reg Harris have long known it to be the logical sensible way to extend a town landlocked within the ranges, without actually building on the ranges.
You Alex are obviously part of the small selfish minority who are quite happy to see our town stay the same, a stagnate economy in complete disregard of those who come after us, those who have every bit as much right to be here as yourself, and who need homes and employment into the future.
The rest of us, Alex, are ecstatic about Kilgariff! Or will be if they ever get it on line. “Yippee”!

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There’s more to renewables than sunshine
Until now every drop of water that was ever on the earth has remained on the earth.
Wouldn’t it be the ultimate irony if quasi religious climate fanatics were eventually responsible for using up that water, turning it into hydrogen?
It would be even more ironical that we should consider that in one of the driest places on earth, where water is absolutely in its most valuable state as water.
We should all understand that there is no such thing as free energy. There is always a price and generally speaking it would be a pretty bloody smart idea to understand that price, monetary or otherwise, before we go racing off creating even more mammoth environmental issues for future generations.
For the present there are so many ifs around the Hydrogen idea that – dare I say it – it’s simply a pipe dream!
Also noted the quick duck for cover by Mr Duignan when the question about feed-in prices for home solar generators was raised.
Whose issue would that be then Mr Duignan? Wouldn’t that be the Territory Government and given that Territory Generation is in fact a quasi public service operation owned lock stock and barrel by Territory taxpayers, maybe a more responsible answer would be in keeping with that role.


Community solar: the devil is in the wires
Yes, and then there’s all the community facilities of which we are all joint owners! Places such schools, hospitals, police stations, street lighting, ecetera, the list is endless.
All of these facilities require power 24/7 as does welfare housing, hotels and motels, all connected to the rest of the grid.
Consumers on the remaining grid would, as they do now, have to pay their share of those costs, plus, the share of those in the community system.
This is already occurring of course, on a smaller scale, and the costs to the poor old hapless consumer who can’t afford to instal solar, are already escalating.
The only fair way to rectify this imbalance, which of course nobody wants to hear about, all studiously avoiding the subject, is for owners of solar systems to pay their share of those costs!
Another words, pay not only for their use of the grid, but for the existence of the grid.
Yes, even if they are operating a stand alone system.
This of course effects the whole viability of installing solar, dragging its payback time out by quite a bit.
However, if we are to honestly asses the true worth of solar to the community, then these costs really must be taken into account.
It’s time the rose coloured glasses came off, frank and honest assessments are made.
Governments parading solar as world changing advancement are often actually subsidising its installation while blithely ignoring the true and growing cost to community. Just face up to, and come up with, some fair and equable answers!
Now we seem to be adding lithium iron batteries to the mix, as if they are some kind of nice environmentally friendly answer to our storage problems, when to my eye, precisely the opposite is true.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of the idea of renewable power but it must be truly honestly viable, covering all the costs, and it absolutely must create less pollution than our present systems of generation or we are all fooling ourselves.


Ratepayer, do you want your money back?
Such an astoundingly naive proposal could only ever have originated with one Councillor Melky. As always grandstanding without the slightest thought given to the actual consequences of such a profoundly counter productive decision. Which if carried out to the letter would see a good deal of the windfall funds blown in the name of community consultation. Any attempt to refund it would incur even greater costs reducing any refund to a piddling amount producing no worthwhile outcome for the community, especially when you consider Council has on its books many unfunded, or even worse partially funded, or non completed projects that could have, and indeed should have, been funded partially or otherwise from these funds! Benefiting the Community and its economy as a whole.
More importantly, not wasting a huge amount of Council’s time and productivity messing about with a messy, unproductive, time wasting and resultantly expensive, refund. Further to that should Council do the sensible thing and allocate the funds to other projects, it will also provide Councillors with a very good argument against further rate rises next year.
Something I am quite certain, all Rate payers would be relieved to hear.
New councillors need to be across and take responsibility for their role as Body Corporate style managers of their Community’s assets and not to be so easily be duped into making what may seem on the face of it to be responsible decisions but which are in fact cheap political attention seeking ploys with no regard for what may well turn out to be far reaching consequence…
Take time to think it all the way through…
Before you act!


Bottle shop cops ‘security guards, paid for by the taxpayer’
From the moment the POSIs were implemented they have proved themselves to be the single most effective crime prevention measure the Territory has ever seen.
Now I don’t know about you Paul McCue but I would much rather have my family home and business all kept in one piece as opposed to paying out my hard earned to employ a police person who gets greater job satisfaction from aftermath policing!
A person who apparently has so little empathy for the public’s plight that they would actually ask for our support in that role but not in the preventative role!
Call it self interest if you like Mr McCue, but I like many other Territorians, through the voices of our politicians, are going to keep on insisting on the POSIs wherever they are needed.
If we have a police staffing issue employ more police – just as we have been promised on many occasions over the past dozen years.
Fill all of the roles the community requires, not just the roles that suite you!


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
@ Hal: My reference is to Russell’s dad escaping the Germans and arriving in Australia.
Given that he escaped Germany during WW2, if he then set out for Australia he would have arrived during Australia’s greatest hour of peril, facing an imminent Japanese invasion.
Out of the frying pan almost into the fire, bar for the intervention of the USA.


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