Thank you, Mr Mayor, for taking interest in the well-being …

Comment on Mayor Damien looks into 2017 and beyond by Maya.

Thank you, Mr Mayor, for taking interest in the well-being of this town. After all this is why you are elected. But please consider.
Now that the outer space ship has landed behind the Residency as an eye sore for all to marvel, should we repeat the saga of a damn dam upstream of the telegraph station (and remember, with a recreation lake as well!) in the eventuality of the 1/100 year over wet season or freak storm?
The Todd River with its not so frequent floods (the last major one at Easter 1988, almost 30 years ago) is the life stream of our town (no pun intended).
The Nile floods in the Delta, initiated miles away upstream, have regulated the livelihood of Egypt for thousand of years.
Then an Aswan upper dam was built, and life in Egypt has not been any better since, rather worse as the accumulated silt at the bottom of the dam could not run free and blocked any regulated flow and the nourishment of the land.
Rivers have a life of their own. Let them be. We adapt to the river, not the river to us.

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I can only assume negative economic outcomes are the trigger that have led to the closure of a seemingly successful cafe-restaurant attached to the best tourist attraction of our town.
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