Well said, Chiara Maqueda. The role which our region’s …

Comment on Bringing Arrernte language into town signage by Domenico Pecorari.

Well said, Chiara Maqueda. The role which our region’s unique Indigenous culture plays in attracting visitors to our town is not well appreciated by some, and certainly not by many of our decision-makers. Central Australia, and Alice Springs as its capital, has the potential to develop its own distinct culture, based upon a fairer and more equitable social structure and a notion of “looking after country”, which could again make it a desirable tourist destination and a better place in which to live.

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Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Phantom. It is not for the students to suggest the “alternatives”, as these are already well publicised in the media and evident by the many, many examples within Australia and overseas.
Think photo voltaics, storage batteries, wind turbines, Snowey Mk 2 hydro, etc.
The purpose of the protest was to state their demands loud and clear:
• Stop Adani and no more new coal mines.
• “No” to Fracking.
• 100% Renewables by 2030.
All of this analysts better than me say is possible, with government will.
I applaud the students and their supportive parents and remind everyone of the role that active protest has played in shaping the Australia we enjoy today.
Perhaps you should come to the next protest and, if you wish, wear your mask.


Heat rises on cooling plan
Wow, what a dummy-spit from our most prominent civic leader, who clearly wants to see “action” for its own sake and scarce funding not necessarily spent where it is most needed to mitigate the worsening heat sink conditions of our town centre. Stick to your guns, Mr Baloban and Crs Banks, Satour, Melky and Cocking. The matter is too important for our town’s future in a warming climate.


Ghan walk: Signs of the times
A few years back, I was involved in a project evaluating infrastructure at some 50 to 60 heritage-listed sites in the central Australian region.
Signage was one of the most problematic areas, mainly due to the widespread use of signage types not suited to the conditions in which they were to be installed, as seems to be the case here.
Well selected signage should last longer than a few years and should represent better value for money, not to mention the bad look and what it says to visitors to our town.


96 trees chopped down to ‘duplicate’ highway
Exactly who in the government department made this dismal decision?
Surely a duplication design solution that retained the trees could have been developed with just a little more creativity.
Mature trees are far too undervalued in this town and to lose nearly a hundred in one go can only be described as environmental vandalism.


Council majority on heatwaves: no further action required
An “I’m all right, Jack” from our mayor and a majority of councillors if I ever heard one. I suggest that they all spend the next 42-degree day with their air-conditioning off or, better still, out in the streets of our CBD. They may then understand what Jimmy Cocking is on about.
Our response to climate change and the forecast for more frequent and intense heatwave conditions says a lot about us to our potential interstate and international visitors. Allowing our town to become more and more inhospitable will not see tourist numbers increase, nor people wanting to live here. The impact upon our local economy is already evident.
Our biggest challenge appears to be having enough forward-thinking councillors.


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