Rest in peace Michelle Castagna. I have known you since …

Comment on Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016 by Richard Lim.

Rest in peace Michelle Castagna. I have known you since my early days in the Alice. We both got elected on to the Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC) in 1984 and together served eight years over two elections.
We had a giggle over how the ASTC officers positioned us next to each other in the Council chamber .. guess they hoped she was comfortable for me to assist with her papers at meetings and me comfortable to do it without issue.
Michelle was the ultimate advocate for people with disabilities. Without a word of complaint about herself, she’d go about working out how to enable another person with disabilities.
I recall the time when we both visited the Desert Park to make sure that the facility was fully accessible to all. That visit brought about changes to the design of doors and pathways.
The most memorable aspect for me is the vision of Michelle zipping along in her registered road worthy electric chair along the footpaths and crossing Telegraph Terrace at the Larapinta lights in all that traffic and everyone conscientiously waiting for her to make her way to the other side.
My condolences to the Castagna family … especially to Lyn.
Vale Michelle Castagna. Your spirit and legacy will live on. The Alice and the Territory will be a poorer place without you.

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Nuke dump would raise a third of state’s revenue
A nuclear dump in South Australia would bring ‚Äúsubstantial economic benefits, including annual revenue to the state of $5.6 billion on average for the first 30 years of operation.”
Change the state to the Northern Territory and the revenue will more than double the NT’s annual budget for the next 30 years.
With good policy … not wasteful policies … imagine what that will mean for the Territory.
Think about the progress in the first 10 years of self-government, and the 6% growth rate that the Territory enjoyed. It can all happen again.
The science is safe. Nuclear waste is being stored in a shed, albeit a bloody large shed, in the suburbs of Sydney and in most of the public hospitals in each capital city, including Darwin.


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I guess the question to be asked is whether the vigilante group will be part of the solution or become an extension of the problem and therefore create more “incidents” for the police to deal with. I know of no legislation which condones or allows vigilante activity in the NT.
Neighborhood Watch and Night Patrol used to have significant damping affect on night time antisocial behavior. Not living in the Alice for a few years now, I don’t know how bad the situation has become.
I recall the time when I went with the night shift to do police patrols in the town and saw first hand what incidents the officers encountered. I also spent several hours another time cruising with the Night Patrol going through the town and town camps watching and helping Night Patrol officers handling the problems. It is no easy task for both the police and Night Patrol. They should be thanked for their unflagging dedication.
The ASNews should seek an interview with the Minister for Police and / or the Minister for Central Australia to see what the government is doing to address what may be a serious community issue.
On the other hand, the government / community may consider the problems as perceived by the vigilante group not to be serious hence the perceived lack of police action.


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Don’t know who is right and who is wrong in all this argy bargy.
Quoting Hansard is unhelpful for readers as we all know whatever is said by MLAs is privileged.
I note that the Alice Springs News Online was careful to use quotes from Hansard so as to cover itself.
If indeed the CM has defamed the Member for Araluen at a meeting as described, and the Member for Araluen is confident that is the case, she should sue the CM.
And as readers, we will know what the truth is when the court rules on that.
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Looking in from a distance, the CM and his supporters played hardball. The others did not. They capitulated and fell in line.
The way I read it, the majority of the CL members supported the current CM. Accordingly all CL members should follow the majority decision.


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Hey Erwin … it is not April 1st for a few months yet .. so an April Fool’s joke is a bit premature.
[Hi Richard, It’s not an April Fool’s joke, but I can imagine what you mean.]


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