@4 Why can’t the Todd be a “wild bush river” …

Comment on Todd River: will we stand by and let the worst happen? by Rod Cramer.

@4 Why can’t the Todd be a “wild bush river” AND open public space in the heart of an urban setting? Get rid of the buffel, couch etc and illegal activities, and the river will do most of the work.
Dredging the Todd will do nothing to help the egress of floods through the Gap, although there may be other reasons for doing it.
There are two primary things that cause the problems at the Gap. Firstly, Spencer and Gillen describe the Heavitree Gap as having sand from cliff face to cliff face. Today close on a third of that width is taken up with a rail and a road embankment (the latter was widened considerably in about 1982-84).
Secondly, the level of the current Heavitree Causeway is at least a metre higher than the original sand bed of the Todd. This has been the case for a similar time. A major upgrade occurred in 1980, and then repaired after the 1983 flood.
While there are some future issues with removing fallen timber from the Todd, it should not be for any one person’s interpretation of aesthetics (perhaps we need a blunt reminder of what we’ve lost). For example, the Casino causeway, installed in dubious circumstances in the same era, increases local flood levels, and any debris (including fallen timber) upstream of it can increase this problem dramatically.
The obvious logical answers are to remove/rectify the causes, which are definitely not sand and fallen timber.

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Todd River: will we stand by and let the worst happen?
@3 No, it doesn’t follow, and no, it wouldn’t. Any small boy playing in the mud could work that out. All it might do, is reduce the extra time (measured in seconds) it would take for the water to reach your power points.
Go and check out the “biodiversity” in the Todd south of Alice.
I always marvel at the stupidity of landlubbers compared to sailors – the latter learn on about day one that you can’t change the sea. Yet when we are on land we think we can change (“tame”) the land, and all will be right. We are fooled when we make miniscule changes here and there, into thinking it’s good and lasting. It never ever is, and rather than creating a “museum”, we could be helping the country to heal itself, by rectifying the many mistakes we have made.


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Ilparpa dongas depot: Will Tony Smith get a permit?
A correction: There clearly is a definition of “Transport Terminal” in the NT Planning Scheme, on page “Part 1-13”.
What the chair in effect said was that the definition may be somewhat insuffient. What she did quite clearly say was that there was no definition “goods”. The Applicants “Statement of Effect” was even titled “Transport Terminal for Storage of Transportable Buildings”.
Tony Smith said to a meeting of the Alice Springs Rural Area Association Inc in June: “I don’t want a Transport Termial, I want Storage!” In any event, the current activity doesn’t even pass the “pub test”.
Regardless, as a Discretionary use in Zone R – Rural (as opposed to RL and RR), it does not meet the criteria under the Planning Act to be approved, as the Officers of the Planning Department pointed out in their Assessment Document.
As with many applications, amenity (which is also defined under the Act “Part 1-6”) is at stake. When will applicants learn that it is not their prerogative to describe the effect of their proposal on the amenity of their neighbours?
I used the analogy of sexual harrassment, in that the affect on the harassed is not for the harasser to describe.
I of course was in no way drawing any other analogy with any applicant. I was much appreciative of two ladies who the first thing they said to me after the hearing was: “I got it straight away – good analogy.”


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I don’t know what “Anonymous” means by a “transport hub”, but I would have thought Trevor Shiell used the term appropriately.
Whatever, I doubt very much there are nine of them in Whitegums, although there are probably that sort of number in the total rural area, which of course is far too many.
However, some would be classed as “home based contracting” which would not require approval depending on the size of the operation. Some would not.
At least one (if it is included in A’s count) can only be classed as ancillary to genuine rural enterprise. A few of them would be classed as “pre existing” (the application of the Planning Scheme to the area), and so exempt.
As far as the “same people coming up with the same arguments”, so far none of the folk speaking out about this have not, to the best of my knowledge, ever protested before in relation to any planning proposal.
If this is what it takes to get Ilparpa Road widened for the benefit of those who can’t drive properly, or for the benefit of recreational cyclists, it’s far from worth it.


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Tom was certainly one of those folk, that if you only met him once or twice, and even if only for a few minutes, you will never ever forget him, and for all the right reasons.


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A long way north of Pt Augusta, about 190 klm’s in fact.


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Spot on “Barkley Magpie”. Trouble is, it’s not just the big issues the miners don’t do the right thing on, and consequently leave mayhem behind them for the pastoralists.
Such things as track rehab that consists of nothing more than a branch or goondie placed across the start of their soilcon disasters, or small aquifers damaged by their dodgy drillers, the list is long and depressing.


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