To Erwin and Kieran, Thanks so much for all that you …

Comment on Former Mayor remembers when it was time to say: no more, calm down! by Phil Walcott.

To Erwin and Kieran,
Thanks so much for all that you have offered The Alice in the time we (collectively) have been here (about the same period – from 1993-94 until the present).
It’s great that your editions are on-line now and that you can build the stories over time. The coverage and perspectives of issues impacting on our town are invaluable … especially when one can “track back” and place the events into context. It’s a fine read.
I’ll be happy to promote my political campaign to join the NT Legislative Assembly in August this year through Alice Springs News as time and opportunity permits. Our former Mayor, Leslie Oldfied, was here well before we were but her spirit and tenacity live on in the town her people!
Thanks again for being here.
Warm regards, Phil.
[ED – Phil, it’s a pleasure and a privilege. There’s lots more where this came from! All the best, Erwin & Kieran]

Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

The turning point: Marshall Perron’s rise to power
That’s great, Alex.
I always enjoy your historical perspectives especially around NT political history.
Your contributions to the National Trust and Heritage Council are also very welcomed.
Looking forward to your next instalment.

Because of eight grandmothers we can
Great to see this proud group of grandmothers continuing to contribute to the conversations and actions with regard to this predicament. They ask some very pertinent questions and can offer some solid resolutions.
Issues around various organisations in government and NGO sectors as to how funds are distributed and spent continue to plague what should for all intents and purposes be a no-brainer solution.
Differing groups and organisations competing for fund allocation instead of working together in joint operations contributes to the on-going elephant in the room. Congress’s ($45 million most recent annual allocation as reported by ASN) focus on health needs to strategically combine with Tangentyere’s (most recent allocation of $22 million) focus on housing.
Both are inextricably linked. In collaboration with Land Council and Centrecorp contributions, combining resources could produce lasting positive outcomes and employment opportunities for the lives of so many people. Education continues as an all-pervasive factor that significantly contributes to this scenario.
Having now lived in Alice Springs for almost 25 years, it’s been a sorry social reality to observe the conditions of many Aboriginal and other people deteriorate intergenerationally over that period.
Questions posed by the grandmother’s group as to how and where money is invested need answers. Whilst the annual reports of various organisations reveal where money is expended and invested, why are we not seeing better outcomes delivered and strengthened? Agencies competing for funding buckets instead of working together more cohesively and comprehensively may be an answer we’re all looking for.
Congratulations to those who have the courage to call out what is so blatantly obvious. Wishing the grandmother group every continuing success as they work together to promote solutions and provide mentoring for their children and grandchildren in these significant areas. May it long continue.

Flag on the Hill: When No became Yes
Delighted to have been able to attend this very moving occasion for the people of Alice Springs and Central Australia. What binds us together, makes us stronger.
Congratulations to those enlightened elected members (former and current) of Alice Springs Town Council whose passion and vision finally became a reality today. I remember the first time I visited Anzac Hill (almost 25 years ago) and asked the question: “Where is the Aboriginal flag”?
Technical issues aside, it finally flew proudly against the backdrop of our great town and a crisp blue winter sky.
May it continue to fly proudly on ceremonial occasions long into the future. Who knows … the enlightened elected members may some day agree that it should fly permanently for us all to be proud of.
A vote of thanks to Tangentyere Council for the lift up “The Hill”. Much appreciated.

Jack Frost great beanie salesman
Thanks for the coverage, Erwin.
It was an on-going pleasure to be part of such a vibrant team of volunteers who worked so tirelessly to create yet another fantastic festival.
We’d like to thank the thousands of locals and visitors who took time out to visit the festival (many on more than one occasion)to engage in the community spirit it inspires and celebrate the essence of Beanie magic.
We look forward to our 23rd birthday event in June next year.

Alice among nine cities on pilot academy shortlist
Great to see such vision for the future. Too many plans espoused without the vision for what’s possible underpinning those plans leads to a piece-meal approach.
Our terrific community spirit can embrace this opportunity and get behind it. The video certainly highlights the many reasons why Alice Springs is a perfect choice for this proposal. Good luck, Alice Springs.

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