Well said, Paul Parker. Alice Springs is indeed awash in …

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Well said, Paul Parker. Alice Springs is indeed awash in petty squabbles, over who controls or gains from the information, with lack of interest in sharing.
Sharing is seen as diluting the value of ownership and holders of knowledge would rather take it the grave than let others use it.
It’s a bit like burning your car when it breaks down to make sure no one else can use it / take parts etc.
I’ve seen the last custodians of a ceremony demand a grand each to share it with the next generation.
Ultimately they didn’t get the money and now it’s gone forever.
There are certainly a few who are not like that but many are, especially the older generation.
They tell me they feel unappreciated and overlooked / disrespected by the young people, including those from their own families.
There is a massive generational gap.
Paul, descendants may well visit cultural centres elsewhere to learn what they lost.
I note that the Desert Park employed whitefella archaeologists to teach their Aboriginal staff, so they could be tour guides.

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Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done
There will never be a cultural centre here.
Just the idea of one sparks arguing among various Aboriginal stake holders.
As for a centre that could represent the diverse art and culture of the region?
Forget it.
It’s a nice idea though, one that could be a huge drawcard for tourists.
But only in our dreams.


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Offenders bailed to ‘country’: An option, says police
David, it’s not just Lhere Artepe selling grog but other major Aboriginal groups in town have also tried to make money out of selling grog.
The Memo Club was funded by CentreCorp and behind that was the Central Land Council and Congress.
Yes Congress, recipient of $40m a year from taxpayers to improve Aboriginal health was on the CentreCorp Board that supported grog sales, mostly to Aboriginal people.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
Local 1: I wouldn’t use the criterion of Aboriginal or non Aboriginal ownership in deciding which outlets should be closed down.
That seems irrelevant.
I would look at the proximity of outlets to tourists and their ability to cater to increased numbers of drinkers once the total number of outlets is reduced.
The NT Police would have an important say in the decision.
Basically, we need fewer outlets and ones that lend themselves to intensive ongoing policing.
The savings to the NT Government in the long term from having fewer outlets to police would be considerable.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
What will it cost to police each alcohol outlet for a decade? $4m?
They must be policed so what we need to do is to reduce the number of outlets.
The NT Government should buy out a couple of the current licences.
Yes, expensive, but $8m saved in a decade with other benefits as well.
Outlets that contribute to the most social disruption and damage to the Territory’s reputation with tourists should be the ones to go.


Bully buffel barges into natives’ live and let live harmony
The sooner we get the buffel grass seed head caterpillar to work the better.
It’s native to Queensland and eaten by many birds and it should thrive and roll back the buffel invasion.
For all the talk of another cane toad, the grub would need a massive environmental downside for it to do more harm that good.


Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Here in the NT it is an economic necessity that we get get used to the idea of using some of our water for mining activity.
Most of this use will be sustainable and not mined and the NT Government is now applying strict guidelines to ground water use.
A big change is that mines are no longer exempt from the NT Water Act.
This means that mines must now account for ground water draw down.
The recent environmental approval of the Mt Peake mine North of Alice is an outstanding example of the use and protection of ground water resources in developing a world scale billion dollar mine.
Mt Peake will bring more than 500 jobs in the construction place and 250 permanent jobs during the mine life of around 20 years.
This is the Inpex of the Southern Region of the Territory.
Local businesses will be flat out working on the new mine and will rapidly expand over a two to three year mine construction period.
Training of Aboriginal people and employment will be a priority for TNG, the company that will own the mine.
All Territorians will benefit.
Water for the mine comes for an aquifer that is not connected to other aquifers and this is the case for many aquifers that are subject to fracking.
Mining and water conservation can be compatible and having a blanket ban on fracking is just silly.
Every project should be examined on an individual basis.


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