Although they are not yet up on Council’s website, an …

Comment on Send in the taskforce: councillor by Hal Duell.

Although they are not yet up on Council’s website, an e-mail assures me the Port Augusta papers will be tabled at tonight’s ordinary meeting.
There is a good chance the documents will be found later today at: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/meeting/list/2012/20120625_CNCL
Both the papers and the debate might prove interesting.
There will also be discussion on two notices of motion referred from the committee meetings earlier this month. One deals with an increase in penalty rates for infringement of public places by-laws, and the other looks at the future management of our parks.

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Send in the taskforce: councillor
In last Friday’s local newspaper, mention was made of a report coming back to Council dealing with the Port Augusta initiative. This report may be included in the papers for Council’s next public meeting on Monday, 25 June.
A question: Does Port Augusta have town camps as we know them here in Alice?


Send in the taskforce: councillor
I don’t know about police, ambos, meter readers and pollies, but I do remember the CEO of the Alice Springs Town Council reading out a letter from Tangentyere in a Council public meeting granting the Town Council the right to enter town camps in order to deal with unregistered dogs.
This was a couple of years ago after cases of people being at least partially eaten by camp dogs had made the local news.
I reckon the police, ambos and other emergency services do have the legal right to enter town camps. The question is, are they safe when doing so?


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Torrent of toxic Facebook posts after Mall melee
Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


Some creatures in The Centre used to be big
So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


Aboriginal-led ‘from the bottom up’: cultural centre
A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


Council code of conduct questions not answered in public
Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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