@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted January 30, 2019 at 10:05 am): …

Comment on Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past by Alex Nelson.

@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted January 30, 2019 at 10:05 am): I once held the same opinion, Domenico, that January 1 is a more suitable date to be ascribed as “Australia Day” because it is the anniversary date of the commencement of Federation.
In fact, that was my reasoning in letters I wrote to Chief Minister Steve Hatton in December 1987 and to Marshall Perron in February 1990; in my first letter suggesting the NT Government institute the practice of observing January 1 as “Australian Federation Day”, and in the second to suggest that the NT Government aim for January 1, 2001, as the target date for achieving statehood for the NT.
This later became the objective of the NT Statehood campaign initiated by Marshall Perron in 1994 and culminated in the referendum loss on October 3, 1998.
It’s only in more recent times I became aware that Captain Arthur Phillip, the commander of the First Fleet no less, was well aware of the long-term significance of establishing the first European colony at Sydney Cove: “Yultide is almost upon us and my hope is by no means exhausted despite the difficulties met with; given time, and additional force, together with proper people for cultivating the land … I know now that I can make a nation.”

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Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
It’s a moot point – recent surveys (such as reported in The Conversation’s “New research reveals our complex attitudes to Australia Day”) reveal there is overwhelming support for January 26 as Australia Day in all states and territories (intriguingly highest in WA).
This debate is just spinning round in circles.


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Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
Wards for the Alice Springs Town Council are not a new idea but have never been supported by the NT Government.
There was discussion about wards in the mid-1990s, which was firmly rejected by the government.
It was also raised by candidate Steve Strike during the town council election campaign in May 1988. Like Eli Melky’s current proposal, Strike also suggested five wards, each with two aldermen; however, he didn’t overlook the rural area on that occasion over 30 years ago (the other wards suggested were for Eastside, Gillen, Braitling and the Gap Area).
The town’s municipal boundaries were expanded significantly in early 1988, incorporating the whole rural area for the first time despite widespread opposition from affected residents. The idea of a ward system was the final suggestion to differentiate the rural area from the town, after calls for a separate community government and a shire were rejected by the NT Government.
It’s interesting to note that during the operation of the original Alice Springs Progress Association from 1947 to 1960, the town was divided into wards a couple of times for choosing delegates onto the association. The wards were the (now old) Eastside, town centre (now the CBD), the south side of the town, and the Farm Area along what is now Ragonesi Road. The town’s population grew from about 2000 to over 3000 residents during this period, which was long before there was a town council.
One person who represented the south ward from 1958 onwards was Bernie Kilgariff, kickstarting what was to become an illustrious career in NT politics.
Personally I support the concept of wards; for one thing, it would substantially reduce the cost and inconvenience of town council by-elections.
With regard to increasing the number of councillors from eight to 10; well, it’s just over a decade ago the reverse occurred.
Moreover, the ASTC first started off with eight aldermen (plus the mayor) in 1971 until 1977, when the number was increased to 10.
Here we go again?


Move School of the Air to Anzac High building
@ Watch’n (Posted April 15, 2019 at 4:48 am): Remember when the Drive-in was de-listed? To make way for real estate? Wasn’t that a great development.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
It’s obvious the majority of voters in Araluen got it right in the last Territory election campaign.


Killerbots, guided by Pine Gap, same as any other weapon?
Humanity is becoming too clever for its own good.


Save Anzac Hill High School: National Trust
@ James T Smerk (Posted March 28, 2019 at 11:48 am): I’ve said it before a number of times, I’ll say it again: The old high school complex on the Anzac Reserve has the richest heritage value of any education campus in the Northern Territory.
Its historical value is very high, and exceeded in Central Australia only by the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, and Arltunga (which last is actually NOT heritage listed).


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