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.

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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.

Council sharpens focus on protecting water from fracking
My sincere thanks to Marli and the councillors who supported the motion for getting unequivocal protection for our town’s water supply.
True leadership looks to the longer term viability of our town, beyond dubious short-term profits. Clean, safe water is precious – a fact that is too often not appreciated until it becomes contaminated.

A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
@ Erwin. Sorry, but you seem to be confusing consultation with “debate”, which is what happens on these pages.
By consultation with the community, I meant that NTG and Council so-called “leaders” propose viable options, each backed up with factual data.
For example, has anyone bothered to ask the local Traditional Owners how they feel about a tunnel?
Community consultation is not about throwing up a contentious idea, set up as a “solution”, for us all to get into a scrap about.
I’d have thought they would have learnt something after the debacle over the siting of the proposed Indigenous Art Centre.

A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer.
This has got to be a late candidate for April 1st?
I have yet to see traffic jams through The Gap and there are less expensive ways to increase river flow and reduce flood levels in the town area.
How about some serious community consultation instead of another dictatorial debacle?

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