As the municipal election gets closer, I hope more and …

Comment on How can we all be winners? by Hal Duell.

As the municipal election gets closer, I hope more and more candidates will declare where they stand on how Council can best use its influence and authority to protect and enhance the Todd River.
As I understand it, the Town Council works with the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority to preserve and protect the riverbed. But with recent history as a guide, that relationship is continually getting bogged down in mutual distrust and crippling demarcation disputes.
Between them they fail to either preserve or protect. This is nowhere more apparent than in relation to the Old Man River Gums. Every year we lose more and more of them.
How can we as a community put a stop to this?
Since walking 5 km of riverbed with a whipper snipper, a rake and a barrow is impractical, and since there is probably too much buffel and couch to try poisoning it all (and do we as a community really want to put that much poison into the environment?), might we be better off having controlled mosaic burns? This would take the fuel away from potential arsonists, and when the burned grass comes back, perhaps more areas of riverbank could be turned into public parklands such as those gracing the Old Eastside.

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How can we all be winners?
Ian and Bob
Fair go! I for one always look forward to Janet’s posts. As I do to yours.
Hal


How can we all be winners?
Mike
Far from saying it’s impracticable to reduce the fuel load with fire, that is exactly what I am saying: “… might we be better off having controlled mosaic burns? This would take the fuel away from potential arsonists …”
If we put our heads together and pull as a team, we can prevent the future loss of any more ancients in the riverbed. For this and other reasons, I think we do need to ask candidates who are asking us to vote for them the hard questions.
How do they plan to deal with the Todd River?
What are their views on alcohol restrictions, including closing the bottle shops on at least one day a week?
How do they see the Centre / Top End dynamic developing?
And a new question I am formulating – can they see a potential for the production of bio-char as an extension of the tip’s green waste initiative?
To their credit, most candidates interviewed to date, both in this forum and elsewhere, seem willing to tell us what they think, what they hope to achieve.
The interest is this municipal election seems to be especially keen. Let’s not distract from that interest with personal sniping.


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Torrent of toxic Facebook posts after Mall melee
Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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