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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Fracking OK, but under ‘strict laws’ – Gunner
Gunner: “We have accepted the key finding of the report – that if all the recommendations are implemented the risk from fracking can be reduced to an acceptable level.”
I’m sorry sir, but NO level of risk is acceptable to me and, I believe, to a majority of Territorians when it comes to contamination of water, one of the essentials for life.
You have sold off any hope to a “Green and Clean” future for the Territory, and for what?
A few crumbs in royalties as shareholders and mining CEOs laugh all the way to the bank.
Territorians will all pay dearly for this decision, but no less than the NT Labor Party at the next elections.

Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance
A brilliantly presented article, Rainer, and one I hope our community and political decision-makers will read and take on board. You give us hope for a brighter future.

Private chats with govt heavy: mixed results
@ Local 1: You could do to read up on the NT’s Local Government Act (2011) which, from my understanding, in no way puts the interests of ratepayers above those of the community as a whole, including the traditional owners of the land upon which our town is built.
For your information:
The Northern Territory Local Government Act 2011 is the Local Government Act currently in force in the Northern Territory.
This Act seeks to provide a legislative framework:
(a) to establish a democratic and effective system of local government that recognises the diversity of communities in the Territory; and
(b) to confer on councils wide powers to act for the advancement, and in the best interests, of their local communities; and
(c) to enable councils to play a broad role in promoting the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of their local communities; and
(d) to impose high standards of ethical conduct on council members; and
(e) to require of councils high standards of governance, service delivery, asset management and financial accountability; and
(f) to require councils to promote and assist constructive participation by their local communities in achieving effective local government for their areas.

News to us, say councillors on Anzac Hill development
@ Lawrence: I’m afraid you have misinterpreted my position on the matter. I do not believe in “voting blocks” of ANY kind – neither “mine” nor “yours” – but prefer that all councillors vote independently for what they believe is best for our town.
The ongoing stagnation in Alive Springs Town Council demonstrates a complete lack of vision for the town’s future.
We are being let down badly by our so-called “community leadership”. Mabel has hit the nail on the head: we need change at the top.

News to us, say councillors on Anzac Hill development
More evidence, as if it were needed, that our Alice Springs Town Council is run as a little dictatorship.
Once you have a voting block, you can ride roughshod over the remaining councillors to the point of excluding them altogether. Transparency and community inclusivity is needed more than ever.

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