From the above article: The government doesn’t have to ask …

Comment on Offices? Court house? Either way no say for public. by Hal Duell.

From the above article: The government doesn’t have to ask the public: “There is no right of appeal against a determination by the Minister in relation to the grant or variation of an Exceptional Development Permit.”
And yet scroll down to another article that tells us our Town Councillors plan to have a greater role in town planning. It speaks of a new committee to meet in an open forum “to provide the direction of Council with respect to development applications before the Development Consent Authority”.
So Council gets to exert itself in respect to easements to block frontages for the erection of carports and verandas, but it’s back in your box (or Council Chambers) when the adults in Darwin decide major items?
Nice.
At the same time, why not build it there? Apparently we need another court house, and any overflow would utilise the public space at the intersection of Todd Mall and Todd St North. Who knows, their discomfort might get us a decent shade re-erected at that intersection.
Will visiting QC’s be offered accommodation in a refurbished Residency?

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
@ Alex Nelson, Posted October 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
Once again thank you for sharing your knowledge of the chronology of today’s Alice Springs.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
And they’ve hit the ground running. Two good motions. Well done!


Hundreds of empty plastic wine bottles in Todd
Put the same 10 cent deposit / refund on plastic wine bottles as is on all other drink containers, and they would soon be collected.


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