Eli, It worries me that our council does not appear …

Comment on Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain by Fred.

Eli, It worries me that our council does not appear to be operating in the real world of Alice Springs
The local reaction to the development you have supported clearly demonstrates that.
Similarly your idea of a Polynesian cultural centre as in Hawaii is not going to happen here and frankly is absurd in our context.
One could write a book on the reasons for that.
So we need practical development that is based on our town and we need representatives with a firm and complete grasp of the local realities and sentiments.

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Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Eli You say that if the Polynesians can put on a cultural show, why cant we?
Well the cultural centre is far less ambitious that the spectacular Polynesian show.
So how’s it going?
Are you and the other members of council moving ahead with it?
Absolutely not from what I can see.
So why are you promoting an ambitious cultural show when, along with our other representatives, you can’t facilitate a cultural centre?
Stumbling with the baby steps while talking about running a marathon?
Running with an ambitious development while basic services are poor and very expensive?
Drifting away from the boring core functions of a council to run a political agenda?


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
Eli you say that creating open space is good, but query how I would justify paying millions for buildings from private land owners to create this open space.
If open space is good why have you been supporting a development that destroys the best open space in the mall?
The most positive experience of Aboriginal people and culture many tourists get is through the painting sales on the Mall open space.
For many that is the sum total of their experience of another culture they have come half way around the world to meet.
I see positive interaction on the open space all the time.
Open space on the Mall is overdue to be revalued as a cultural meeting place for local Aboriginal people and tourists.
It is a tourist drawcard.
That’s how I would justify paying millions from the $30m the Council has to create more open space.


Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain
This proposal is ghastly, inappropriate and destroys the best part of the Mall.
It comes close on the heels of the monstrous law and order edifice, the new supreme court building.
Spend the $30m to control rate increases and to unwind development to bring some of our town’s soul back.
Perhaps acquire buildings near the mall to be demolished and turned into open space.
The new proposal should be put on hold until the next council election.
That way ratepayers will get a chance to vote according to the candidates’ disposition towards it.
It is a worry that our council appears to be chronically incapable of coming up with development concepts that enhance the livability of our town.


Recent Comments by Fred

‘CLP rehashes fracking policy that caused its wipe-out’
While all the focus is on fracking the $3b coal to gas plant on our doorstep at Andado is quietly going ahead.
Arsenic / Carbon dioxide etc etc will poison the pristine environment and accelerate global warming.
With so much gas underground why convert coal to gas?
Cheap and dirty extraction and much worse than fracking.
But no fracking so it’s all good.
Where are the Greenies when you really need them?
Go figure!

[Hi “Peter”: The Alice Springs News Online reported on the project in a previous incarnation in December 2011, quoting Arid Lands Environment Centre Jimmy Cocking. “Quietly going ahead?” Reports are the new company is hoping to raise money next year. Their predecessors were flogging a dead horse, judging by the project’s lack of progress so far.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.]


Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.
The ringer pictured is now a historical relic.
Indigenous people, predominantly men, still aspire to work in a pastoral industry but it largely no longer exists.
The pastoral industry has gone high tech aiming at value adding.
With one cow worth a couple of grand they are worth the effort.
These days the average pastoral worker needs to be computer savy to assess cattle as they go through the crush.
The worker needs to be data savy as each cow is uniquely identified and each stage of its life is recorded.
He needs to be able to pregnancy test, perhaps using an ultrasound.
He will be collecting poo samples for analysis and recording the results in the computer.
He will be familiar with a large number of OHandS and cattle well being rules and regulations.
He will probably have passed a Cert 3 level course.
And at the end of the day he will be paid very little as our stations are staffed almost exclusively with backpacker workers, smart and keen and working for the experience not the money.
Times have changed.


NT cost of living $1700 a week
Of course gas development can bring down the cost of living.
The NT Govt gets the royalties from onshore gas sales.
That is potentially hundreds of millions.
Cheaper vehicle rego, cheaper power, better roads and schools, bigger grants to local councils so we don’t get slugged huge increases etc etc.
Gas development is very positive for cheaper living costs.


Helping offenders on probation and parole stay out of gaol
Yes, many prisoners are now refusing parole knowing that they will not be able to comply with parole conditions and do not want Corrections snooping on their lives.
So how will closer supervision, “support” and clear consequences for non-compliance make them change their minds?
The new program assumes that prisoners want to change their lives whereas they are content with them.
They are prepared to live their lives as they see fit even if that means periodically going to jail.
To take just one issue.
They are mostly drinkers, not necessarily alcoholics but they like to drink with their friends and family.
The fact that they drink does not mean they will necessarily reoffend except if drinking becomes an offence.
And while on parole it is an offence.
They simply won’t comply, no matter how often and long they are jailed.
Just like they won’t wear ankle monitors, no matter how long they are jailed for non compliance.
Law and Order as conceived in mainstream Australia only works when there is a high level of acceptance and compliance.
Corrections have not yet realised that they need to understand a lot more about the cultural differences at the justice interface before they can reduce offending and recidivism.


The magic Certificate III: How does Batchelor stack up?
How does Batchelor stack up relatively?
In 2013 to 2015 the Correctional Services training organisation had by far the lowest proportion of inmates in education courses.
In 2014-15 just 14% were in education against a national average of 32%.
At the same time the NT recidivism rate of repeat offenders was a stunning 57%, a world record.
Funds meant for education had been sidetracked into running the prisons, the education computer system had been left inoperable for more than four years.
An internal review found significant internal issues.
Basically education was in a state of collapse.
In 2014 Corrections gave up on education altogether, abolished one teacher’s position altogether and handed over the Batchelor.
How is Batchelor doing … relatively?


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