The suggestion for wards is nothing new. It was suggested …

Comment on Councillor passes buck to staff by Alex Nelson.

The suggestion for wards is nothing new. It was suggested in 1987-88 when the rural area was incorporated within the Alice Springs Municipality but was firmly rejected by the NT Government and the town council.
The idea was raised and debated again during the mid 1990s but again was firmly knocked on the head.
Ironically, the town was divided into wards during the period of the Alice Springs Progress Association, which existed from 1947 to 1960.
The ASPA was a lobby group organised by civil-minded residents of the town to raise issues of concern with the NT Administration.
It was the precursor of local government in the Alice, and was replaced by the Alice Springs Town Management Board that in turn preceded the Alice Springs Town Council.
The town’s population was much smaller, growing from about 2000 in the late 1940s to over 3000 by 1960; despite this small population, the town was divided into three wards plus the Farm Area along what is now Ragonesi Road.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
As I type this comment, the path of Tropical Cyclone Trevor is now forecast to head directly for the massive McArthur River zinc, lead and silver mine near Borroloola.
I guess we will soon see if this precipitates a major environmental disaster in that vicinity.

Heat rises on cooling plan
The rate of tree decline and deaths is rising significantly, including along streets, and in parks and home gardens. It has become very noticeable in recent weeks; kurrajongs in particular have become susceptible but so also are a number of eucalypt and other non-local native species.
The prolonged dry conditions of the last two years and severe high temperatures of this summer have now reached a point where many trees and shrubs are unable to survive without care and intervention. This situation is likely to accelerate during the course of this year.

The Florence Nightingale from the bush
Rona Glynn’s achievements occurred in a time most often condemned as the “bad old days” of Commonwealth control in the NT.
She remains an outstanding example of what other people like her achieved in those times, and I’m hard-pressed to believe there has been much improvement for Indigenous people in our supposedly more enlightened and educated era of self-determination from the 1970s onwards – in particular, the collapse of education standards and achievements since I was a boy.
I’m one of those 2000 babies born at the Alice Springs Hospital when Rona Glynn was the Charge Sister of the Maternity Ward, during an emergency situation that threatened the survival of my mother and myself.
Dr John Hawkins, another remarkable personality who was then a fairly new surgeon at the hospital, saved both our lives.
I’m mindful that not so long afterwards, Rona Glynn’s life could not be saved in similar circumstances.
Her untimely passing was a great loss to Alice Springs but, perhaps more significantly, as a shining example of achievement for Aboriginal people contending with an ever-changing world.

96 trees chopped down to ‘duplicate’ highway
One cannot help but be suspicious that there are government policies (at all levels) of “wreck and rebuild” as a means of generating economic activity as a means for propping up the business sector when the economy is tanking.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
@ John Crellin (Posted February 24, 2019 at 1:27 pm): A most intriguing sighting, John. According to my (very old) “Complete book of Australian birds” juvenile pheasant coucals do have dark plumage; and breeding birds also display darker feathers. I’m not sure if the bird I photographed is in breeding condition.
Their breeding season extends from October to March so the recent sightings of these birds in the Old Eastside corresponds to that period.
If your observation is correct, it indicates there are at least two of these birds – possibly more – in town but they are secretive so can only guess at their numbers.
As Charlie Carter indicates, it begs the question how they got here. Pheasant coucals are weak flyers so it doesn’t seem likely they would make it to Central Australia of their own accord; but maybe we underestimate their abilities.

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