Just Sayin’, I had to read your comment “and after …

Comment on Old tree danger: council was told two years ago by Ray.

Just Sayin’, I had to read your comment “and after 150 years of racism and disrespect for the people and the country” twice. What a sad attitude you have. 30000 people have done this eh? You are doing well in your efforts to divide and cause hatred, congratulations.
You do realize that the Alice in 10 project that was done in 2000 was done and coordinated by black and white together and included aerial mapping of all sacred trees in the Todd river to identify and protect them. Many of the ones that have been destroyed over the years were destroyed by people from other regions camping in the river and setting fire to them, not some of the 30000 that you are alluding to.
Do some research about the cooperation and partnerships between white and black that are well documented in this town’s history. Of course there are fences, because we understand these sites need protection. We clear the weeds and buffel because we “care for country” too. There is good and bad done on both sides, but I have lived here for almost 20 years, and doubt I will find another “town like Alice” where despite the problems, there is an amazing acceptance and respect shown towards each other on both sides.
My kids would never get the chance to grow up with traditional black kids in any other town this size. It is rare for me to ever ride my bike past Aboriginal people along the bike path and not get a welcoming “Hello” back when I say “G’day”. There are haters on both sides, but hopefully your venom will not attack those who appreciate the unique cultural melting pot that this town has become. You might claim to only see racism, but you are wrong. You are also wrong if you think that there has been 150 years of racism and disrespect. There has been, and continues to be a real push for acceptance and understanding, despite your hope that we believe the opposite.

Recent Comments by Ray

What REALLY goes on in our streets: Youth worker
Thankyou for this report, it takes guts to come out like this at risk to yourself and your family.
Politicians have the staff and experience to pull the will over people’s eyes.
Media managers have the unique ability to convince us all that is really possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.
It is common knowlege about the kids being taken out to communities and having respect knocked into them back in the 70s, and it worked.
Maybe we need the men with the red headbands to be on they job at night. I have absolute faith they would clean it up in no time, unfortunately the dogooders would object and prevent it happening.
I remember talking to a building manager 12 months ago, who did a lot of concrete pours and work during the night.
He told me that they would regularly see up to 200 kids at night, many carried knives, and some of the worst were young girls, and yet now we have high ranking fat cats telling us that the age of criminal responsibility needs to be raised.
As this writer said, these kids know exactly what they are doing, probably more so than our so called leaders.


Council to introduce kerbside recycling
If all the glass and aluminium cans have a value, surely the value of this would outweigh the need for an extra charge of $60.
As Evelyne said, it seems we are being charged to save our council money.


Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I am not sure if the headline is really accurate, especially if the word town is used as a collective.
I think the statue was a wonderful gift to our town, and due to the nature of the subject matter, naturally it will put some people off, but not the collective “town”.
As far as I can comprehend, there were more than 20 artists, writers and educators were involved. Did they survey a town of 27,000 people?
I really think that with a sculptor with the talents of Mr Egan, we could display a sculpture of a famous Centralian on every roundabout around town, like the Perrrente on Undoolya Road.
These could include Albert Namatjira, Noel Fullerton, Ms Olive Pink, and many other important figures, both black and white, who contributed to The Centre in some way.
Plaques could be mounted on the footpath describing who each person was.
A walking map could be produced guiding people to each one with a description. Would brighten the town and allow us to honour those that made this region what is is today.


Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents?
There is no way a charge like that would ever have a chance of succeeding. This has been discussed many times ad nauseum, and the same old answer comes up.
The necessities of life, food and shelter, are provided. If the kid chooses to not take advantage of that, that’s their choice. That charge is usually reserved for the worst cases of kids locked in cupboards, covered in cockroaches and faeces, emancipated and malnourished.
So you are right, there will probably never be a prosecution on that charge ever, as it is for specific, serious cases of child neglect, not letting little Johnny run amok on the streets at night.
Is this a news report or an editorial / opinion piece? As far as tactical weapons, bear cats and masked operators go? Ha ha, what is the go with the sensationalism of late? Aircraft dumping fuel all over us, gunned up SWAT teams?
Why not use the TRG, they are specifically trained for covert surveillance and they have the specialized tools. A bit like the reports of the intervention when some media made it sound like the army was rolling in with tanks and machine guns, where it was more like skilled defence force personnel in land cruisers assisting with infrastructure.
I appreciate the in depth reporting of issues around town, you really don’t need to follow the other trashy tabloids we get here.
[Hi Ray, The piece is clearly labelled as Comment. I also draw your attention to my response here to “Ged”. Erwin Chlanda, Editor.]


Public money flowing into facility about to be closed
Can’t see it being closed any time soon. The $100m facility in Darwin will only have 12 beds, there needs to be somewhere to put the rest. I reckon at least two years until we see a new one here.


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