Thanks, Kieran, for such an insightful article on three of …

Comment on How can we all be winners? by Domenico Pecorari.

Thanks, Kieran, for such an insightful article on three of the more promising aspirants to our local Council. I agree totally with their ideas for improving the town as they are taking the right approach in tackling the problems we face as a town. Firstly, we need to repair and enhance our environment, both built and natural, whilst improving social cohesion and generating respect for culture. Take care of those issues and the economic benefits will follow, as demonstrated by the Renew Australia movement. Arguing for an economy-led recovery, that is, putting economy first whilst trying to keep a lid on environmental, social and cultural issues, is an exercise in futility.

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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.

Compromise was needed to save youth crime plan
@ David: I agree with what you say about the fear held by some in our community and hope too that the Town Council will see reason and approve the flag soon.
@ Fred: Your talk of Anzac Hill as “our sacred site” goes far to explain your position on this issue, but ignores the fact that Anzac Hill is a special Aboriginal place too, known as Untyeyetwelye, a name relating to the corkwood story, and that it was an Aboriginal sacred site for many, many years before Europeans claimed the place as their own.
Flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill would be an acknowledgement of the shared importance of the place to all of us, not least the original inhabitants of the land. Don’t you think that would go a long way to express the unity you claim to support?

Compromise was needed to save youth crime plan
@ the appropriately self-described Fred: No-one is saying that the Aboriginal flag should be flown on Anzac Hill for the reason that they too fought in our world wars.
It needs to be flown as a respectful acknowledgement of the original custodians of the land upon which Alice Springs is built, land that was forcibly taken by newly arrived settlers, with no recompense.
With your Polish background, I’d have thought you might have had a better understanding of what it is like to have your land taken away from you and to live under the occupation and control of a foreign nation. We need to learn form history.

Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime
Thanks, Erwin, for your comprehensive and insightful summing-up of the ASTC meeting.
How disappointing to see mayoral indignation on display, supported by a sub-group of councillors that not only have no answers to the most pressing problem facing our town (beyond, I suspect, tougher law enforcement) but are un-willing to accept help from the community in finding solutions.
With the National Transport Hall of Fame looking to close up its operations in town, these representatives in local government need to stop and listen to the warning bells, before it is all too late.

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