And on the subject of Solar Power: Tasmania had a …

Comment on Alice solar future needs facts and figures by Bob Taylor.

And on the subject of Solar Power: Tasmania had a bit of a shock this summer when they lost their power connection (BassLink Cable) to the mainland and their hydro dams dropped to record low levels.
It would appear from the following article that part of the solution was solar. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-16/tch-solar-uptake-on-tasmanian-farms/7747514?section=tas
Bob Taylor, Braitling

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Alice solar future needs facts and figures
On the subject of electricity: Is street lighting infrastructure on council roads and public areas owned by ASTC or PAWC?
On September 30, 2015 the NT News reported: “Councils are now being told they’ve got to maintain, replace and upgrade street lighting.”
This would appear to be a major shift of responsibility to Territory councils.
Apparently ASTC budgeted $469,000 in 2014-15 for street lighting.
Have or will councils (rate payers) be compensated for this shift in financial responsibility?
Do councils have the technical expertise in this type of electrical infrastructure or its maintenance?
How is the exact cost of street lighting costed?
Shouldn’t this subject be an election issue or is it a done deal?
Bob Taylor, Braitling.


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Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Hal: I agree Australia Day should be about the future, however most of the protesters would appear to be focused on the past.
Also on a positive note, a lot of our new Australians start their future as Australian citizens on Australia Day.
As far as the date is concerned we need to do more to include our children; our future.
We can do that by holding Australia Day during the school term, then the children can be more involved formally and informally in any community celebration.


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
What an interest opinion piece and factual set of numbers. Dr Hans Rosling (RIP) author of “Factfulness” would love the work done here in compiling the information, facts and figures supporting Bob’s article. I can only wonder what Dr Rosling or maybe his co-authors would make of it all.
“The Treasurer’s response to the Productivity Commission’s Report on the GST confirmed our worst fears” and would appear to be the nail in the coffin for business as usual for this and any future NT Governments and the minor states whether or not the people elect Labor or Liberal governments.
The present NT Treasurer or future treasurers will need to improve their lobbying skills, reduce spending and/or improve the economy so the NT and the smaller states have a more sustainable tax base.
On the increase in growth of the Indigenous population overall: On the figures stated and if immigration remains at its present number, will Australia reach a point in the near future where 51% or more of the population self identify as Indigenous or are born to one parent of Indigenous descent?
If so, what will be the implications for future budgets? And, will Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation and the Indigeneity factor still be needed?
I am sure some mathematically gifted person out there will be able to give us an answer and/or prove me wrong.


Alice in thrall of week-long sports extravaganza
Yes, John Bell, you are so spot on with your comments here.
I was fortunate to witness Dick’s effort on Rhonda Diano Oval yesterday.
Dick was supported by Emma Kraft (Sport Medicine) and an enthusiastic crowd of fellow athletes and supporters. Well done, Dick Kimber.


Business group may establish ‘federal’ prison in The Centre
Is the Alice Springs Major Business Group (ASMBG) looking at a Federal Prison or a Immigration Detention Centre?
They should be casting their net wider, i.e. Just recently the government (Barnaby!) were looking at decentralising some government departments to regional centres, so for example instead of centralising the Met Bureau in some capital cities why not centralise it here in Alice Springs?


SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
@ Hal Duell: You are right about investing in people and residential accommodation in the CBD, but the property owners will need to invest some of those profits they have made over the years or sell their properties onto someone who will invest in residential developments.
Interestingly the recent national growth figure is 3.4% and “PRIVATE capital investment grew at 12% last financial year in Tasmania.” (Today’s Mercury). Meanwhile the NT’s figures are negative.
@ Albert Diano: Fortunately I can’t see the Federal government of either persuasion investing in the CBD. What the CBD needs is more successful commercial businesses, preferably businesses that employ numerous and permanent employees, which should in turn with the above residential accommodation attract people and other businesses.


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