It’s the combination of the photograph in the third point …

Comment on 2022 AD – What we could hope for in Indigenous affairs, apart from the odd miracle by Hal Duell.

It’s the combination of the photograph in the third point and the text in the fourth that I find most hopeful.
The leadership thing is being addressed and nurtured through Desert Knowledge Australia’s Desert Leadership Program. With others, Alderman John Rawnsley has encouraged potential future leaders to step forward, to trust their luck and not be shy.
As a self-confessed local government tragic, I hope some of them will nominate in the coming Council elections. For the work and hours involved, the pay sucks and the exposure is daunting. It can also be a frustrating and intimidating task when, as is sometimes the case in local government, there is too much leading from the chair.
But the Alice Springs Town Council is the premier elected body in Alice, and the new single transferable vote proportional representation system (!) is designed to make the eight alderman positions more accessible to a wider variety of residents.
We need at least some young(ish) local voices on Council to help us all through the coming transformative years. We are still hunting the elusive formula that will bring the old town camps under the one municipal roof, and this is before we begin to look further afield.
We all know that necessary change is in the air, and that it can be for the better. Bob’s well considered ideas are as good a place to start as any.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

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 by EPA
“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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