Having travelled through “PortAguta” over the last 40 plus years …

Comment on Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass by Gavin Carpenter.

Having travelled through “PortAguta” over the last 40 plus years it was a place to belt through as fast as possible and be pleased to check the town out in the rear view mirror, as many Territorians have.
We now make it a regular stopping place and enjoy the atmosphere around the town with good motels, coffee shops and friends who have retired there. It ran second on our list of places to look seriously at when we retired if we left the Territory. (This may yet happen!!)
What a turn around the town has been.
It can be done, it should be done here in the Territory but as stated “who has the balls to stand up and do it?” Unfortunately I do not see light at the end of the tunnel.
Meanwhile we consider our next move.

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Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016
An Alice Springs icon known far and wide. Will be remembered for her strength and tenacity.
RIP Michelle.
Joan and Gavin


We need to bring trust back to government: Dale Wakefield
“We need to bring trust back to government because I think that has been eroded.”
No “think” about it and includes all three tiers (two too many?) of government.
Good luck in trying to change the situation.
“Yes Minister” is alive and well and will stay that way with the bureaucrats, minders and apparatchiks running the show, many of whom would not survive if it were not for the regularity of the government nipple fortnightly.


Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs
What have fracking and a pipeline got in common? Build the pipeline to carry gas from off shore, one side of Australia to the other, to the east coast. Fracking may or not come, it is another issue completely. Gas pipelines run all over NSW and Vic carting gas with no fracking.
Interesting comment recently where a hot water service installer is suggesting electric hot water systems be used rather than gas as it is the same price or cheaper?
We sell our gas overseas for a fraction of what we pay locally, where is the screaming about that?


Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
Good on you blokes for some intestinal fortitude and speaking out. I don’t have to agree with your thoughts.
Too much PC garbage and cries of racist for most to say anything.
Those who do not agree have the choice to come out with some rational alternatives rather than just jump up and down and talk garbage. Lets hear them!
Well said Liz, pointing out where they are mistaken in this case.


The farce of Minister Chandler’s Yirara ‘assessment’
Tell someone who cares. This has been going on for years, the kids used to be quite proud of how they (mis) behaved and quite open about it. Can only comment about some years ago but obviously things have not changed recently.


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