With all the benefits of the old Intervention, benefits such …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Hal Duell.

With all the benefits of the old Intervention, benefits such as welfare management, an increase in remote policing, better schools and healthier stores, one unfortunate blow-back has been the increase in urban drift. And while some of those urban drifters did came for the schools and clinics, many came because the increase in remote policing cut off their sly grog.
Alice Springs has coped more than its fair share of that blow-back. Mayors from Katherine to Port Augusta scare their constituents with the possibility of becoming another town like Alice.
With a new Town Council and Federal Ministers Macklin and Snowdon willing to commit funding for ten years in the Stronger Futures legislation, perhaps now we can address our negative image, and build a future that reverses it.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
@ Ray, Posted August 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm
Exactly! I could not agree with you more.

Town Council riven by conflict, lack of leadership
Just after midnight last night I was returning home from a shift stocking shelves, and I decided to travel up Gap Road. Suddenly, WHOOSH!, a wagon wheel passed me.
And I thought to myself, ‘Self, I wonder what wagon that wheel has just come off of?’

No ‘comprehensive business case’ yet for gallery
I think that whether the art gallery is eventually built somewhere in Alice or, as seems more and more likely, in Adelaide, the whole exercise will go down as a textbook study in how NOT to progress a major project.
I don’t know what this means for the Gunner government, but the longer he pushes it, the more the fable of Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby spring to mind.

Panel of just two for controversial Ilparpa decision
What! A social engagement with the PM in preference to a local issue that really matters. Onya, Jimmie and Jamie, ya pair of wannabees.

Cr Melky breaks silence on Code of Conduct complaints 
Onya, Rex. If ever there is a local theatrical adaptation of The Silver Skates I hope you take the leading role.

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