As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Domenico Pecorari.

As the dust settles on the longest and most divisive campaign period I’ve seen in my 27 years here, I hope that the new council members can all agree on one thing: that the town needs to begin planning for a more sustainable future, not only economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. I’d like to think that councillors can appreciate that ALL of these four issue areas are inter-related and that any plan that does not present integrated proposals will simply not succeed. At a recent “ideas session” organised by the local Chamber of Commerce, I was surprised to find myself publicly backing Janet Brown’s call for a “Town Plan”. The Chamber supports Business Plans, I said, so why not a Plan for the whole of the town? I left that meeting with the impression that the business community is more interested in “silver bullet” solutions but, with the election of Steve Brown onto council, my hopes have been raised.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

Anonymous donation doesn’t fix conflict of interest for council
You are right, Evelyne, geese are wonderful watch animals. We need more of them on council to keep the place honest. This “donation” debacle looks like, sounds like and smells like part of a cover-up to me. Honk, honk.

She lived where life is what you make it
Thanks, Lindsay, for sharing and re-kindling my other memories of Baikal and Joan – your geodesic dome, the peacocks that “guarded” the homestead and Joan having to add salt to her tea in Alice so it would taste like that at home.
A remarkable woman and an extraordinary life. Condolence to you and the family. RIP Joan Johannsen.

Mayor comments on code of conduct, Anzac Oval
Thanks a lot, Erwin. Now I cannot shake the image of Sargent Schulz, from that popular 70s television show Hogan’s Heroes, saying: “I know nothing!”

Cemeteries could be turned into parks
Cemeteries are extremely important heritage places and are a treasure trove of information for historians.
Sadly, from my personal experience as a practising heritage architect, our town council administration lacks the expertise and sensitivity that is needed, and are more intent on “beautification” rather than respecting the heritage values of our town’s cemeteries.
These proposed changes to the NT’s Cemeteries Act need to be handled very carefully if we are to avoid irreparable damage.
Our local council and the NT Government need to seriously adopt “world’s best practice” and give more than just lip service to the term.

Problem kids: The whole town must help
Congratulations, Steve Brown, on presenting a solution that I wholeheartedly support.
Our town has an anti-youth culture that cannot handle youngsters that do not conform to adult expectations.
Instead of pushing them into sport-based activities, telling them where and when the can skate or ride a bike and generally treating them with suspicion, we should be providing them a supportive environment that allows kids to just “be kids”.
Steve’s practical idea is one of the foundation stones upon which a better Alice may be built, rather than the punitive approach exposed by Pseudo Guru.

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