I wrote to a council hopeful just recently, expressing my …

Comment on Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate by Ray.

I wrote to a council hopeful just recently, expressing my ideas about the river. I lived in Bundaberg, and Brisbane for many years, both cities/towns that have a river running through them. Both of these towns treated the river as just a part of life, just being there, for many years. It is only in the last 20 – 30 years that these towns really embraced the river. They looked after the banks, they cleaned them up and stopped using them as a dumping ground and beautified them. Now, as a result, they are a focal point for the community, festivals, and lifestyles. Some detractors might say, there is a big difference, the Todd River is dry. I have lived here long enough to understand the Territory attitude, and by my interpretation of that, the response would be why should a lack of water stop us.
I remember attending the Alice in 10 meetings and remember the aerial photos identifying the sacred trees, as defined by the TOs. The idea was that whatever work was done, those trees would be protected.
We have a world renowned feature here in the centre of our town. The area used for the Henly-on-Todd looks beautiful because it is used for something and it receives attention. The rest of it looks like an unkempt, untidy backyard of an abandoned house.
Cleaning it up and using the “dredged” sand to build up levee banks could mitigate the flood risk, removing the choking buffel and new, non-sacred trees further down would free up the flow, allowing peak water heights to be reduced, allowing the land adjacent to the river to be used for a multitude of activities. Preventing the restrictions down stream could protect any infrastructure that was put in place.
With well thought out manicuring of these banks, it could be a beautiful public space we all could enjoy. I remember in my recent WA holiday, seeing a couple of towns that had massive skate parks, beautifully manicured and maintained, that were on display for all, and integrated into the towns’ open spaces. Families were there enjoying BBQs whilst the kids enjoyed skate boarding. It was not in some out of the way, fenced off dimly lit area, where most kids were afraid to go. I expect responses to this to explain all the reasons it won’t work, I would rather hear how it could.

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Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate
I disagree with the statement these trees are being lost to wildfires.
These fires are normally deliberately lit, which makes them a result of a lack of respect, vandalism or arson.
There are fines under the Fire Act / Criminal Code or some such legislation that covers the lighting of bushes or trees.
Have these provisions ever been used? A lot of the time these are comfort fires lit by illegal campers. Move them out, save some trees.


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Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
There has been a lot a promoting the support for a gallery somewhere, but after reading the article featuring Robyn Lambley it makes me wonder if a campaign should be run actually opposing it.
With the need for a new juvenile detention centre, and the issues of crime in the NT in general, funding this gallery, no matter where it is, might be the straw that broke the NT’s back financially.
The government is trying to convince us that it will bring tourists and plenty of money into town. The fact is by all reports our tourism is fairly buoyant. The main attractions are what we already have, the people come for those attractions, but leave with a bad taste when they are affected by the crime, as well as making it unattractive for residents to stay.
Given the current circumstances I think we would be far better off paying down debt and addressing the real issues, and not speculating on something that may or may not have the desired effect.
It seems like the current government want something big they can claim as their in the years to come. I think leaving the NT in a better state financially and in liveability than when they took over.
That would be a great legacy


Harts Range: Four legs or three, it was on for young and old
Great coverage once again, Erwin, of a truly iconic event in The Centre.
I have been a regular at Harts Range for the last four years. Last year I took my aunt, who was out here for the “Rollin’ Solo” event at Ross River. t
This year I took two dear friends, Gavin and Julie, who despite being long-time locals, had never been before.
They all agreed that it truly is a remarkable event, one where the kids did their own thing in relative safety, and where there was always something happening.
As I said last year, it really is an opportunity to mix with people who make their living on the land, the dedicated ones who work from sun-up to sun-down, the people who are spoken about in poems, in songs and stories about this wide brown land and provide a living link to the pioneers who made this country what it is today.
Although there is a dedicated committee that organizes the event every year, I got talking to two of the “public faces” of the event at the dance on Saturday night.
One was the ground announcer, the other was the guy who bounces around the arena with the signs that tell the crowd if an eight second ride was achieved, and implores the crowd to cheer “like ya mean it!”.
These two guys really give the event its own PC-free personality, one that keeps me coming back year after year.
The one thing they both stressed to me was the need for helpers to keep the event going. Maybe members of local service clubs such as Rotary, Lions or APEX could be involved.
The local 4WD club or Men’s Shed groups or similar could look at a camp out for their members in the weekends leading up to the event.
I am not an official spokesperson for the event in any way, but when I said to these two guys that I wrote about the event last year in the Alice Springs News, they asked that if I was doing the same this year, could I push the fact that help is needed, which is the purpose of this letter.
Can’t wait until next year!

[ED – Hi Local, thank you, but most of the kudos for our coverage needs to go to photographer Nikki Westover!]


National Aboriginal art gallery: The horse and the cart
Hardly a make or break item for the town. It might be a welcome addition, but if it is not built, the town will certainly not go broke.
Panorama Guth was a fascinating tourist destination, and displayed a massive range of Aboriginal artifacts.
Tourists flocked to it, but it was not the reason they came here. The proposed art gallery (which should be a cultural centre featuring Aboriginal art), will never be a reason people will come here, but it may encourage them to stay an extra day or two.
I have had many friends come here over the years and many of them say they wish they had booked for longer as they had no idea how much there was to see and do.
As far as the original topic goes, humbugging, youth crime, assaults and break ins are a far greater make or break subject than any art gallery will be. Get that under control and reap the benefits.


And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison
Interesting that the department has said the welfare of young people is its number one priority.
That means a cohesive community, ratepayers, workers, functional families and residents are way, way down the list of who they care about.
Remember who is in charge of all this rot when the next election rolls around.


Pilot academy: Alice tipped to be in top three
Now this would bring people to the town. Investment from big business, this is what we need.


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