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.

How can we all be winners?
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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National Indigenous Gallery advisors: ‘Release full report’
I hope the NT government pays particular attention to the tips from David Walsh, the creator of MONA. After the Salamanca market, MONA is the most visited tourist destination in Tasmania.
Some people fly in from Melbourne, visit the museum and catch a return flight in the evening. Buses are available to and from the airport for this.
For a more leisurely visit, a high speed ferry to and from the Hobart waterfront adds enhanced value.
For my own part, I recently flew to Hobart for a three day visit, two of them spent in MONA. It was worth every minute and every cent spent.
And pay special attention to his advice to put the art first. This project must not be watered down to include other aims like revitalising the CBD. It will only become all it can be by being a stand-alone effort.
Obviously this project will cost, and cost lots. But if we try to do it on the cheap, cheap will be what we get.

Pack of girls attacked me, says Chinese on working holiday
And again, and again, and again.
“Naughty” children – my ass.
Slowly the veneer of civilisation slips away. We live in a third world town.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
@ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm
Nah, nothing confusing there man? Woman?
You mentioned an elephant in a room. I thought it looked a bit lonely, poor bugger, so I added a few more. More better now, not lonely, no shreds. Like that.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
@ Concerned Arrernte, Posted March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm:
Given the state of Alice Springs today, or perhaps better yet, tonight, in which rampaging children are holding the town hostage and councillors feel the need of a protective escort when walking between the council car park and the council chambers; given that after how many years of CLC control there is still no enterprise out on the homelands, simply sit-down money from welfare and mining royalties; given the increase in alcohol abuse leading to family abuse leading to child abuse; given the distracting substitution of bromides such as Australia Day and flags on a hill for anything more substantive; given the observable truth that successive NT governments have demonstrated zero ability to address these issues in a manner leading to a change for the better; given just those more obvious elephants in the room, I think it is well past time for everyone, not just Cr. Price, to be showing anger.

Cr Satour wants answers on ‘verbal abuse & violence threat’
Here’s a question: Is there another local jurisdiction in Australia in which the councillors / aldermen feel the need to ask for protective escorts when walking to and from council meetings?
Just how vicious a little town have we become?
Are we still capable of self-government, at least to the extent that the Alice Springs Town Council represents local self-government?
I hope the answer is yes, because if it isn’t, the power stepping in will be Darwin, and if that comes to pass we will be well and truly phucked.

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