Sorry, Interested, I missed your question. The answer given by …

Comment on Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision by Steve Brown.

Sorry, Interested, I missed your question. The answer given by Alex is certainly part of the plan, there are a few options on the table and nothing finalized as of yet.
However one way or another the town water supply will be connected to the project and, yes, of course that will be very expensive. The various projects have to be large enough to cover those costs.

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Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision
Gee, horrified times two. You are not meant to take it so literally. I was simply trying to demonstrate to blind Freddy that in the great scheme of things 15 is a very low number.
Clearly for some at least I failed in that en devour.
Yes, you do have to enter a objection to be counted as an objection, further more you actually have to be brave enough to give your name and address which will then be on the public record.
So get some practice. Next time you want to make a comment be brave enough to use your real names.

Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision
Melanie Alice Springs has a population of just under 29,000. 15 fifteen objections adds up to a whopping .05%!
To make up just 1% there would need to be 289 objections!
A “No” comment as offered by the 99.95% is considered as having no objection therefore by default a “Yes”.
We still live in a democracy, Melanie! There will always be someone opposed to every development proposal, if we took them into account nothing would ever happen and you, Melanie, would be out of a job, of a place to live and something to eat.
I’m sure that you will also be very pleased to know that most of the objections can and in some cases already have been, answered at least to some degree. Where we can, we are only too happy to make adjustments to suit. As for a business plan, Melanie it’s none of your business!
And you wouldn’t know what one was if it bit you on the backside anyway, in your world “The Gubberment” does everything doesn’t it? Oh and we are very pleased that the Minister signed off on this re-zoning – it wouldn’t be legitimate if he hadn’t!
I know it comes as a hell of a shock to some of you, but there really is such a thing as private enterprise. People who get off their proverbial take risk and try and achieve. I apologize to those resting on their backsides who may feel threatened by that, “don’t panic”, we are not asking for your assistance!
So take a break, put your feet up and watch, if we fail you’ll have something to laugh about, if we succeed Alice Springs gets the benefit!
As for the Conspiracy comment by Jones … The level of intelligence it took to come up with that one is just plain frightening. Just who do you suppose puts all the dollars, time [years of it] and energy into arguing the case for these projects?
And if we didn’t believe in their viability why would we bother? Why wouldn’t we just put up the case for something else if that’s what we thought would work?

Zoning approval for White Gums subdivision
@ Jones “Huh”? Maybe the bush and Alice Springs itself is not the place for you.
Your comment suggest a strategic withdrawal to the coast may be appropriate. However while that may suit your personal desires I would point out to you that there are many Centralians who actually love living here.
Our project is aimed at them and has already attracted much enthusiastic interest.
It will not consist of a line of tents flapping in the breeze as Bush fires and pestilence unknown approaches as apparently you imagine it. It will however consist of beautifully appointed cabins in a village style with all encompassing club like community center, all services provided, all in a spectacular bush setting among the ranges.
Pastoralists are also counting on us achieving this and are lining up to buy.

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Scott McConnell now to vote as an Independent
I very much share Scott’s concerns re the Fifth Floor erosion of basic democracy!
Oversight and control of the bureaucratic machines of government is the sole responsibility of elected community representatives.
Department heads and political advisers roles are just that, to advise and to say “yes, Sir” upon a decision of the elected body.
Unfortunately the lines have become blurred.
Many who have no place actively involve themselves in the political foray, crossing the supposed divide between elected government and administration.
I believe this has come about because the government has become so incestuous, we are electing public servants and political advisers far to often!
Pre-selection committees should keep in mind that the whole concept of democracy and elected government is that the community has control over the government it is subjected to!
I agree totally with Scott on this issue: Time to reinstate democracy!

House break-ins more than double
Labor Government withdrew the police from the bottle shops presentations at the hospital blew out! Crimes against the person blew out! Domestic violence blew out!
Police were reinstated to bottle shops and these things returned to their previous levels.
Now we are expected to give some credit for the subsequent reduction in the associated crime figures!
Meanwhile break-ins are up because the numbers of kids on the streets are up and nothing’s been done!
A little birdie indicated just prior to Christmas that the Alice would be getting a 24/7 Youth Centre by boosting Tangentyere Councils Drop in Centre, however since that time … silence!
Apparently the idea has succumbed to budgetary restraint since the announcement that we are broke.
I bet the $200m for the Children and Families Computer system is still going ahead though!
While considering budgetary constraints it would create a better all round result if the Minister was cutting that item rather than the actual on-ground services that have a real chance of making a huge difference to our costs for policing, courts and corrections, while building community confidence and harmony.
Budget constraints, sure, we’ve got to have them, but let’s just think through our priorities before acting: Less bureaucracy, more coal face service!

West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
@ Alex Hope: So Alex do you think Parks is achieving its purpose now! Is the buffel eradicated? Is the flora and fauna in a better state than when it was a pastoral lease?
Is the park in a condition that we can show it to the world in order to attract the tourists who fund our economy? Have we protected near extinct species?
To just what level of destruction to you propose we go in chasing what some see as a weed and what others know is actually a highly beneficial grass?
At what stage do you stop this battle against grass and look behind you to see the horrific damage that has been done?
By the time the mentality which you espouse is through, if left to run unchecked, there will only be vast fields of buffel grass left all our native animals, trees, shrubs and grasses will be gone, driven into the ground through the actions of irresponsible idiots.
Sensible licensed grazing by shepherded animals is a practical tool that will not only protect the park to a much greater degree from fire but can also add to the park’s attractiveness for visitors, locals running mobile Dude ranch activities and the like.
Parks are for people Alex, not for the sole use of left wing ideologues hell bent on proving some political point at any expense!
As for Illparpa Rd … you are kidding aren’t you? To keep buffel out of that tiny area quite literally thousands of litres of highly toxic now thought to be carcinogenic sprays has and is being used on a continual basis!
So just how much chemical and how much man power would we need for the park, do you think?

Park fire protection: new management plan doesn’t spell it out
The worst thing about these kinds of documents and plans is that in a world of cut and paste they go on and on often returning to the original. No learning. No advancement.
At least one and probably both of the major fire instances to which the document refers were started by prescribed burning!.
I suspect this latest fire or at least its continuation is also very much down to prescribed burning practices! The Lesson: Prescribed burning puts our parks at much greater risk of wildfire”! And if those traditional owners could only see what their words have led to in practice, they would be utterly horrified!
Time for an inquiry and a whole new plan, along with an extinction event for the original.

West MacDonnells blaze: sorrow and questions
Yes, well its clearly evident the fire management strategies as set out have been thrown all to hell and completely ignored for a considerable period of time.
As a result the damage done to the Western Macs, particularly the eastern end, is immeasurable, horrific, particularly when you take into account present weather outlook.
Whatever wildlife is left will probably starve. This may well be an extinction event for some species, as the ranges are very much the last refuge for some.
Just a few short years of park mismanagement have done more damage than 200 years of heavy stocking even overstocking could.
It’s time for an open public inquiry into the land use and management of this area, which is of strategic importance to the future of our environment, our tourism sector and our pastoralists on the extremities.
Tourism in the Centralian region was founded not on Ayers Rock as many might imagine, but on the Western Macs! They are of the utmost importance to our future!
We cannot let this moment pass without questioning all that has taken place.
I like others share a deep sense of sadness and loss at this devastation, trees and habitat that were literally hundreds of years old in the most precious of places have gone!
It will take centuries without devastating fire in these places to replace them! That is how immense the loss is!
So let’s not waste our time on apologies and excuses, let’s get to the bottom of this thing, let’s have a long hard look at the value of advice and management practices that led us to this place, then figure out a better way of doing things from this time on.

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