I would not like to have any building, museum, hall, …

Comment on Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’ by Gavin Carpenter.

I would not like to have any building, museum, hall, cultural centre, call it what you may based on the Nyinkka Nyunyu exercise in Tennant Creek.
It is a great building, don’t get me wrong BUT the cost was humongous for what is there.
It is closed more often than open because of staffing problems and the way is/was supposed to be operate, I could go on.
Is this just another case of the tail (public service) wagging the dog (politicians) again to justify jobs?
I made this comment to a pollie some years ago and the answer was “yes we know but do not know how to change it”.
I was speechless for some considerable time.

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Fixing taps or fixing policy?
Yes Hermann. When Warrabri plus most others had a market garden, orchard, some with a piggery and some with chooks.
Self sufficiency at its best with extra for sale to make a dollar for the community.
Plus the health benefits. It was a regular weekly circus when the truck from Warrabri turned up in Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, loaded with the in season veg.
Mums grabbing what they wanted, kids crying, dogs fighting and pushers being pulled home loaded with the week’s veg, kids still crying and having to walk. Had to pull the pusher, no concrete paths to walk on. A truck load sold in about 30 minutes.
On the water issue, one place had water supply problems, the tank was always empty.
A plumber went out with a bucket full of spring loaded taps and replaced every tap in the place, no more water running away with taps left on, no water shortage.
Three months later he was sent back to put back turn on taps at great expense to all: “We can’t wash our hands with spring loaded taps.”
So, water shortage again with water running down the street.


Council ‘in the way’ of Alice development: Chief Minister
I would suggest Gunner have a good look at himself. All very well to blame the Alice Springs Town Council however if the government (Gunner) had used any decent business like approaches to the town there is a possibility the art gallery would have been a goer (not that we need it or can afford it).
The total lack of business acumen stands out in virtually every thing the government does, hence being broke for a start.
Where are the highly paid public servants that are supposedly there to give sound and sensible advice to the government? Sitting on their hands keeping seats warm ready for retirement??


Don’t mess with our treasures, says Alice
I’m not sure it should be heritage listed as the many changes made over the years have taken away the original concept.
My understanding is that if heritage listed any further alterations or repairs would not or could not be done without problems as has been proved elsewhere.
They then fall into disrepair and eventually fall down anyway. Is there another way of saving heritage without the restrictions of total heritage listing?
Great dust storm photo taken from the rear of the ANZ Bank prior to add ons.
Holden car belonged to the chemist Don Brown.
Some great meals had at the walk-in cafe run by Billy Woods in the 60s. Steak and eggs cooked straight on the top of a big wood stove was a favorite.


Vowles, McConnell and Collins dumped from Caucus
Vowles being pushed by the press made more sense in 5 minutes than any pollie has in the last 5 years. Spin is all the current mob know.
Time there was a complete clean out of broken down advisors and spin doctors, all being paid well above their capabilities.


Air traffic: Looking down on Alice
Can’t help but being a cynic, direct flights from China then on to The Rock for 24 hours and back to Darwin to catch the return flight to China, with a short time spent in Darwin and surrounds.
What else have the Government cooked up?
As for the press release saying how good it all is, just more spin and garbage pumped out by half baked minders who would have difficulty getting a real job.


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