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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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Cr Melky alleges budget irregularity
Mmm, as usual Cr Melky fails to grasp even the most basic of budgeting principles. It is pretty much in line with his earlier confidence in predicting a budget surplus of around $12.6m last financial year, even promising to resign if he got it wrong.
I believe the surplus came in around $1.2m, some $11.4m less than predicted. I wonder what happened to the resignation. LOL
The half million Cr Melky is worried about will not appear on the next financial year’s list of expenses so council will not need to raise funds to cover it.
This should translate into a much lower or even no increase in the rates this time round, unless of course councillors who don’t understand what they are doing force additional cost onto the community.
Try working on that, Cr Melky, perhaps you could promise to resign again, if there’s an increase … just a thought.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: it’s not over yet
I’ve been reliably informed that the petition is not signed by a thousand locals but by persons from right across the globe. As such it makes a contemptuous mockery of local opinion and should be treated with the distain that it deserves.
Any petition must carry the names and the residential addresses of those who sign so that they may be verified.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
@ Concerned Arrernte Man: If you were indeed a concerned Arrernte “man” you would use your real name, like a man, so that we locals know what your word is worth.
What I suspect is that you aren’t local at all. We are trying to put our town together not rip it apart, your intention is clearly the opposite.
Anzac Hill was sincerely and solemnly dedicated by TOs many years ago to the purpose which it serves respectfully to this day.
It was and remains a joint community effort, if indeed you are a Arrernte man you would do well to respect and to learn from the decisions of your elders.

‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Yeh Evelyn I used those words so as not to go into a long winded conversation about the technicalities of Drilling for Gas as it has nothing to do with the conversation at hand… However I am extremely well aware of the dangers or otherwise of Drilling. I have drilled water bores myself and I have family in the exploration business who own their own Rigs. Horizontal Drilling has been in use for a long time it has been developed simply to save costs because you don’t have to drill as many vertical penetrations through the water bearing Aquifers as such it is actually a much safer less expensive method of extraction. Further to this my comment around safety of some forms of Fracking refers to Coal Seam Gas which I substantially oppose.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
It is important when dealing with issues that stir emotions and threaten to deepen the divides in our community that we remember and respect that we are One Nation called Australia. That we are a Democracy! We regard all our citizens as equals! In a democracy decisions fall in favour of the Majority, regardless of race, gender or religion.

Separate recognition is not respect! It is a continuation of, a deepening of, the Politics of Apartheid and Victimhood.
Nothing, but greater and greater division will come of it!
No good ever comes from Apartheid.
Only the institutionalised acceptance of lower standards and less expectation, for those on the wrong side of it.
Previously as a Councillor and Political Candidate I was approached time and time again by locals of Aboriginal background, Aussies who are sick to death of division who just want to get on with their lives just like the rest of us, stating that they do not want to see separate flags flying on Anzac Hill because that sends the message that they aren’t accepted as Australians.
I am also aware of Councillor DeBrenni and other efforts to consult widely on this front, checking the views of many locals Aboriginal and non-alike, making sure that their views are expressed clearly in Council.
Many local families don’t wish others to know their views as in a small town it can lead to family infighting as we have witnessed firsthand with a small group of locals attacking views expressed by Councillor Price. They rely heavily on their Elected Representatives to put forward their view and to stand up for them.
This whole flag flying issue was instigated by Labor MLA Chansey Paech its only intent to create disruption dissent and division its only intent to divert attention from his failure to stand up for our Community while once again it comes apart under a Labor Government.
The ladies who approached Council did so with a letter about respect reconciliation and working together. There was no mention whatsoever of flying flags, nor was it mentioned by Catherine Satour when presenting the letter. From events later in the evening it came to the fore that the letter was actually apart of an attack on Councillor Price because of her expressed views on the very things that should also be of great concern to these ladies.

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