I know that asylum seekers arriving in Australia on leaky …

Comment on Great ideas for the town. Now will someone please make them reality? by Hal Duell.

I know that asylum seekers arriving in Australia on leaky boats get mostly a bad press.
The reasons why they come include political refugees fleeing persecution, environmental refugees fleeing a changing world environment and economic refugees seeking a shot at the good life that they hope to find here.
These hopefuls are often denigrated as queue jumpers, and their different home cultures are often a source of ill-considered fear.
But what seldom, if ever, gets said about them is that they are lazy or lack motivation. Very few, probably none, come to Australia hoping to live a life on the dole.
Every group that has recently made Alice home has contributed to the economic and cultural life of our town. I can think of no reason why the “boat people” wouldn’t join that list.
Perhaps changing the Malaysian solution for the Centralian solution has merit.

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Inquiry into fracking: Giving it the green light?
“Harness the sun, the wind and the tides for energy.”
About those tides: Electricity is generated from motion. Wind works, as do turbines whether powered by coal, gas or uranium. And tides?
In Darwin tides are reportedly up to eight meters twice a day with a million tonnes of water flowing by at high tide. Why doesn’t someone stick a wheel into that?
Or, of course, we could probably generate enough power to run a dim globe or two if we harnessed the power in the revolving doors in our government house.

Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs
Two big differences to consider would be that Murray Bridge is 70 kms away from Adelaide while Alice is 1600 kms away from Darwin, and Murray Bridge is on the edge of the agricultural and industrial heartland of Australia while Alice is on the edge of a desert.
It seems that our population numbers are similar, but I cannot think of a single other similarity.

Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended
“It’s not me! I didn’t do it!” And yet I doubt if there is a household in Alice that doesn’t have at least one product the manufacture of which has contributed to the waste slated for storage.
It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.

Gallery: Friday is the day
Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?

Bush community learning centre to close
“Batchelor Institute say that increased funding would be needed to run the Centre in 2018, they run similar programs in three Warlpiri communities where they are funded through royalties money.”
Sounds like a plan.

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