I was one of the councillors who went to Port …

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

I was one of the councillors who went to Port Augusta that year. The action we took was to introduce dry areas legislation (which I opposed). At the time we also met with Mayors of surrounding councils who had “inherited” issues as a direct consequence of Pt Augusta’s initiatives. My personal view is that they mainly shifted their problems rather than solved them. There is no silver bullet and we need to work through this together.
Sitting in my overseas office I hear much of the ugly anger coming out of Alice Springs. This is very damaging for our major industry of tourism. The same things can be said using less inflammatory language – but that doesn’t get the headline does it?
With the NBN rollout there will be major opportunities for us to renovate the local economy and capitalize on the iconic and romantic destination that is Alice Springs. Let’s think a lot bigger than Port Augusta.

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I also wonder which of her initiatives has not been implemented here? Please be specific (as opposed to angry). The only difference I see is the confrontational speaking style.


Recent Comments by Jane Clark

They must be joking!
The more I think about this the more upset I feel. People go to the Supreme Court when they are facing events that are often lifechanging and tragic. It’s a serious time when you need to be at the court house. [The insensitivity of placing] this silly rabbit there. Where is the sense of place, the understanding of needing to provide the correct tone for people at the crossroads of their lives? If a family member has been assaulted, murdered, robbed, you will spend time at this place. Art can provide a spot for reflection and healing.


They must be joking!
Surprised they didn’t transport the Stuart statue there as a companion for the Rabbit. Both feral invasive species.


Town council should buy into big projects: Eli Melky
@ Michael Dean: Only seven months to go …


Facts about street kids made public
Well that’s a start. Thank you Congress. Why on earth this was kept under wraps is a mystery.
Let’s hope more accurate information follows. And pressure needs to be applied to the Gunner Government to provide good quality accountable child and youth services here.


August poll: Giles promises on housing, tourism, gas
Re housing: At a LGANT meeting in around 2008, then Minister for Central Australia and Local Government Rob Knight put the price of catching up with Indigenous housing at $5.5b.
This is why the $750m housing money subsequently allocated didn’t succeed – it was only enough to cover administration when you think about it.
I made note of this as he spoke and regularly brought this up at LGANT meetings and during the NT Intervention period.
Eight years later and Giles offers less than $2b over 8 years – it’s not enough and you know it, Mr Giles.
The numbers are huge but still not enough to address a fundamental long standing issue.
The NT cannot afford to fund the catch up.
What happened to the hub towns plan? What happened to supporting homelands? What happened to creating local industries on homelands so people can work and earn on their home country?
Offering a small portion of the required funds for housing catch-up is just setting us up for another NT failure.


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