As hard as I looked into Ms Eade’s commentary, I …

Comment on Can the town afford the welfare burden? by Domenico Pecorari.

As hard as I looked into Ms Eade’s commentary, I could not find any indication of the “action the town needs”, as teasingly promoted in the introduction, but just more questions.
Well, I have a question or two for her and the business community represented by the Chamber she heads: Would you agree that the abuse of alcohol lies at the heart of the majority of our town’s woes?
And, if so, why have you chosen to ignore the issue, preferring instead to question welfare payments which you correctly identify as an important income source which the local economy depends upon.
I agree with Terry, that education is the long-term answer, but what about the HERE and NOW.
I’d like to see the Chamber “get real” and promote some serious curbs on take-away alcohol sales, say, limiting them to Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings. Yes, just two days.
Clubs and hotel hours could stay the same, or even extended, with the strict enforcement of existing serving regulations.
It won’t be so hard to adjust to such a system. After all, we have all come to accept seat-belts in cars, bicycle helmets and non-smoking public places.
Our community leaders need to realise that, sometimes, the broader public interest needs to over-ride the economic benefit to the few.

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Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
May I add my congratulations to Marli and the councillors on unanimously voting to petition the Chief Minister to keep the moratorium in place indefinitely.
They have placed the longer term interests of our town and region above short term monetary gain in protecting the water resource that is VITAL to the very existence of our town.
@ Hermann Weber: If it is not part of the ASTC’s “job description”, which other body do you think can better represent us and look after our interests?
As for “financial independence” for the NT, the only beneficiaries of fracking our Territory will be the shareholders, mostly overseas, while we will be left with the resulting mess and long-term risk. Simply not worth it.
@ Chris Tangey: Yes, there are many shades of grey (at least 50, I believe), but what level of contamination will you find acceptable in YOUR drinking water?

Ailing economy needs on-shore gas, says Opposition
Open for business, yes, but not at any cost, Mr Higgins.
Fracking is nothing less than selling out the Territory for meagre short-term financial benefits to locals, but long-term costs as we are left with the clean-up and the ongoing risk to our environment and water supply.
Not a wise economic decision at all, I think.

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Not necessarily, James, if the date is selected via proper consultation with all sections of the Australian community.

Mayor Ryan short on answers on top issues
@ Fred The Philistine: Whilst I agree with you that our mayor is not a very good ambassador for our town, you must agree that the “other person with dreadlocks” did very well to win a third of the mayoral votes, particularly coming as he did from left field and at the last minute.
I’d suggest that, if you can look past appearances and judge people by their actions, you may find Jimmy Cocking better qualified to lead Alice Springs towards a more sustainable future.

Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime
Blaming the parents is convenient cop-out for Fred the self-proclaimed Philistine, Councillor Jacinta Price and, I suspect, many others in our town, as it relieves them of having to think any further about the problem, its causes and possible solutions.
It’s like blaming an addict for his addiction, whilst ignoring the drug suppliers and the social and economic reasons one may turn to drugs in the first place.
This is the kind of out-dated thinking that is holding our town back.
It needs to be called out and its proponents shamed for the damage they are causing.
Oh, and by the way, a Philistine is defined as “a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes”. Congratulations, Fred, for your honesty, if nothing else.

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