Congratulations to Jimmy Cocking for getting his motion up, and …

Comment on At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council by Alex Hope.

Congratulations to Jimmy Cocking for getting his motion up, and if the IAP2 principles could be made mandatory for NT government decisions as well as Council ones, that would be even better.

However if we are looking for a suitable template for governmental decision making we also to need to consider in every decision:

– what the evidence base is for the need for, and where appropriate the methodology of, the project;
– the pros, cons and relative costs of the options being canvassed (though perhaps this is implied in “the information they need to participate in a meaningful way” mentioned above;

and in our context, in addition to this, for decisions with a significant impact on Aboriginal people it is clearly necessary to consider

– what is the view of the appropriate Aboriginal group with authority to speak on the matter in question.

I find it quite ironic that there should be a view on Council that the ABORIGINAL traditional owners of Alice Springs should not have been specifically consulted about the siting of a national INDIGENOUS art gallery, let alone not been given a seat on the Government’s advisory committee in the first place.

Recent Comments by Alex Hope

West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
Is there anybody out there who can enlighten us with knowledge rather than hearsay? Unfortunately I don’t have hard evidence here:
• I hear there are a lot of areas around the rural area where people have de-buffeled by mechanical rather than chemical means … yes … hard yakka.
• I haven’t checked the Desert Park lately but hear that it too has been substantially cleared.
• You could be right that grazing in national parks could be a lesser evil than buffel if it is uncontrollable.
However I would take some convincing. I have seen over the last 35 years the wonderful regeneration of the bush on the old Utopia cattle lease since it was destocked. Going from there to the neighbouring pastoral leases the difference is astounding.
From all I have read of their behaviour and predatory business practices over the years I am no fan of Monsanto (now Bayer) and I am disinclined to trust their statements, but despite this from my reading of the science, and despite the recent court case in the US, glyphosate (“Roundup”) has not yet been shown to be a proven carcinogen.
We will have to agree to disagree about the function of National Parks. I believe they are for preserving remnants of the natural environment, and that providing recreation for destructive bipeds is secondary.

West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
@ Steve Brown: So just to clarify your argument Steve, are you advocating that fire control in Central Ausrtalian national parks should rely on grazing by cattle?
Are national parks not designed to protect and preserve native fauna and flora?
How can they fulfill that function if they are overtaken by a weed which supplants native grasses and wild flowers, and is in turn controlled by cattle?
In which case, how will are parks be any different to our pastoral leases?
Am I missing something here?
You must surely have noticed the blocks on Ilparpa Road which have had the buffel eradicated, where native grasses and wild flowers flourish in season, and how different they are to those where buffel has taken over?

Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks
Did anyone consider trying to gain a consensus from Aboriginal people across the nation on where a national Aborignal art gallery should be placed?

West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
@ Steve Brown: Isn’t there a big contradiction here Steve?
“Buffel is here. We need to learn to live with it. Buffel does little or no harm, improves our soils, lessens run off and raises overall food production enormously.
“Because it contains more energy it also burns hotter than native grasses, destroying native trees and shrubs as a result.”
There was a fire on the hill behind my place in town about 16 years ago in the winter. It was partially colonised by buffel. Where there was buffel, ironwoods, witchetty bush and other acacias, and cassia / Siennas were all killed.
Where there was no buffel the shrubs and trees were scorched but for the most part foliage grew back. Buffel made the fire much more destructive.
On the other hand patch burning buffel for firebreaks and destroying native vegevtation in the process is counterproductive.
Oh, for the buffel grass equivalent of the cactoblastis beetle which controlled the prickly pear

Don’t mess with our treasures, says Alice
Great article Alex.
Perhaps you would have the energy to write a follow-up with the sad story of the attempts to preserve the Drive-in site?
It seems to have a jinx on it, there have been so may owners and proposals drawn up over the years, from Steiner School to eco village to transport yard with a few in between, but as yet nothing has happened except the destruction of the old infrastructure.
The other heritage story worth re-telling is of the demolition of the Rieff building in the CBD,ironically authorised by an Aboriginal minister with responsibility for heritage listing, so that an Aboriginal company could redevelop the site.

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