The spirits of old Stott House and Melanka residents are …

Comment on Old Melanka site for sale – again by John Bell.

The spirits of old Stott House and Melanka residents are watching over the site. And the Old Fella, Thomas A’Becket Flood, is Up There, smiling. Enjoying the dogfight. Long may our sacred site remain red dirt and trees. As one with the spirit of country.

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Old Melanka site for sale – again
Old Melanka. Before that, Stott House and Todd House across the road on the opposite corner where the Town Council offices are now.
Such a rich history of residents. So many stories to tell. So many young people from all walks of life who came to the Alice for so many reasons.
So many happy stories, sad stories, life in its richest tapestries.
There is a spirit in that vacant block in that place in Todd Street.
A wonderful spirit that should be recognized and honoured by any organization or enterprise that eventually purchases that place for future development.
I really hope so.


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First Aboriginal doctor: Gordon Briscoe AO, BA (Hist), MA, PhD
Gordon is a goodhearted bloke for whom I have a fond regard.
In 1967 when I first lobbed in the Alice as a naive city boy I lived at Stott House. I was homesick.
A motherly lady who worked as a cleaner there befriended me. Every Sunday morning we would have a cup of coffee across the road at El Rancho and she would tell me the stories of the Aboriginal community in the Alice. She was very kind to me. It helped me get over my homesickness.
Thirty years later in 1997 I bumped into Gordon at the TAB in Jamison in Canberra. One Saturday arvo.
Gordon suggested a book be written about a High Court case I had been in and for the next year or so I went to his home in the suburb of O’Connor where we would sit and yarn.
One day while Gordon was making a cup of tea out in the kitchen I idly looked at a framed photo on his lounge room mantelpiece.
When he came back in I mentioned that the lady in the pic looked like the lovely old cleaning lady who befriended me at Stott House.
He asked me what her name was and I said “Euleen”. Gordon smiled and said: “That was my mum”.
Good memories of a good bloke and his beautiful old mum.


Satour & Price seeking legal advice in Code of Conduct saga
@ Kieran Finnane: Thanks Kieran. It is disturbing to know that transparency principles enshrined in State Territory and Federal government legislation is only paid lip service in processes such as this one.
It does not instil public trust in the bureaucratic fourth arm of government that has become increasingly powerful since Federation


Satour & Price seeking legal advice in Code of Conduct saga
“Not a single complaint against the any of the three has been upheld in a 12 month-long investigation by an independent disciplinary committee under the Local Government Act. The committee members are unknown and its deliberations have been carried out in complete secrecy”.

In this enlightened age of bureaucratic transparency, why the faceless cloak and dagger operation of an unaccountable “independent” committee whose members’ identities are a mystery and its reasons for findings undisclosed?

This is a police-state mentality that flies against all democratic governance transparency notions, let alone the natural justice right of appeal or review.

If state govt tribunals have public hearings and decisions with reasons posted on public websites in vexatious complaint disputes, why the secrecy of local council process?

This is a tacky cowboy mentality that suggests councils are thumbing their noses at due process that is applied in the rest of our governance system


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
This is an example of the destruction of Heritage-listed sites all over Australia.
The off-shore sell-off of Australian property and utilities and resources to overseas interests in these global market – no sovereign borders – anti nationalistic times is accelerating rapidly in this Leftish political environment.
Heritage sites and properties stand to be the big loser. Dark Age times ahead.


Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
@ Dave Richards: Having a similar view as Dave in the cataclysmic climate catastrophe debate, my concern is a practical one.
These massive NT gas supplies are there to be exploited, sold to the ever-practical and innovative Japanese, who have already shown their resourcefulness in the aftermath of their nuclear reactor disaster.
In an NT that is a financial basket case, the temptation to sell off the gas will outweigh the NT’s desire or ability to use it in resourceful cheap energy production.
When you add to this equation Australia’s Green policy mindset that freezes our mining of gas and uranium, it becomes painfully obvious have set ourselves up as lame ducks, simply a Land Down Under that is seen as a goldmine of fuels by other smarter countries.
And the big problem is that our governments will remain frozen like a rabbit in the spotlight, unable to use a sensible mix of fossil fuels and renewables for cheaper energy while the smarter countries laugh all the way to our goldmine.


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