Coming in under-budget on council operational costs is a pleasant …

Comment on Council: one third of budget still unspent by John Bell.

Coming in under-budget on council operational costs is a pleasant change from the councils down here in Mexico Melbourne south of the border.

Down here, more than a third of our Mayors are on salaries of in excess of $100,000 pa, have exorbitant annual budgets for councillors’ “professional development”(a euphemism for overseas junkets to climate change conferences and the like), impose dodgy extra rates for garbage bin collection to get around the rates cap, and rort their travel allowances.

I give Damien and councillors a glass half full tick for their operational costs.

If they could somehow go against the trend and use the operational surplus to ease the rates burden, the Alice council would set a gold standard that would put our councils down here to shame.

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Sleeping on the floor in over-crowded juvie
In Victoria, stats released last week show that the 15 to 19 age group has the highest rate of violent crime.
If juvie detention centres in the NT are bursting at the seams with teenagers who assault guards, surely this tends to suggest that around the country, this age group is in serious danger of breaking down the sovereign borders of restraint and authority’s control.


Remains of missing man found near Yambah
@ Alex Nelson. Thank you Alex. It was a very sad situation. I have often wondered about the two young lads who found him and how they must have felt.


Remains of missing man found near Yambah
This brings to mind the finding of a human skeleton in the early 70s.
Up on the cliff face of the MacDonnell Range near Heavitree Gap, stuck in a cleft, an old .22 by his side, ragged remnants of clothes, with pre-decimal currency in the pocket.
He had been looking out over Sadadeen for quite a number of years, discovered by young lads climbing.
I cannot recall if identity was ever established, whether it was suicide or an accident.


Business group may establish ‘federal’ prison in The Centre
@ Carly. Your rather crass comment is perhaps better suited to the Twitteratti social comment medium, rather than in this respected cyber news medium?


Business group may establish ‘federal’ prison in The Centre
Strewth. A Federal prison in the Alice. The mind boggles. It could be filled immediately with Feddie ratbags and bushrangers for whom warrants are still outstanding from Traeger Park days of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
I can think of a few lads to be cell block chiefs. And then there are the Eover boys, the Pioneer lads, the Soupies … the place will be chockablock in an eyeblink.
They will have to throw away the keys.


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