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@ Alex in your haste to have a shot at me you have once again completely embarrassed yourself with another croc of inaccuracies in the endless spiel of drivel you inflict on us all, with delusions of yourself as the town’s self appointed historian.
You forgot about my grandfather, Alex! Then I suppose you wouldn’t know that as you weren’t here! Steve Kilgariff, after whom I am named, father of Bernie, Marion, and Marg, came into the Territory along with his brothers Jack and Joe quite early on.
I don’t have the dates at hand and not being a historian I’ll leave that to those who are. The Kilgariff brothers were responsible for a considerable amount of the early buildings in Alice. Uncle Joe worked on the overland telegraph line as an operator, built and ran the legendary first Pub in Tennant Creek also the Barrow Creek Pub and the Old Riverside here in town.
Steve, with his team of Aboriginal workers, is the Stuff of Legend with a reputation of being capable of enormous amounts of work.
He built the Church at Hermannsburg and Santa Teresa many private and public buildings here in town their story and contribution is immense and too long to enter into.
But for the record, and for those that can’t count, my grandfather Steve was the first generation that we know of to live work and contribute to our town.
My parents Jim and Marion Brown were the second generation to do the same. I, Stephen, along with my nine other brothers and sisters, are the third generation to work and live here. I also have seven children of my own who are the fourth generation to do the same and there are also now 13 grandchildren who make up the fifth generation in town.
A Further inaccuracy Alex! Lionel Rose had nothing at all to do with setting up White Gums Dairy!
Unless of course you call a monumental bureaucratic stuff up assisting, come to think of it with your background you probably do!
There certainly was however backing from some wonderful Territorians, none more so than from Ted and Jane Hayes along with my wonderful grandfather Steve Kilgariff.
Lionel Rose’s contribution consisted of a rather embarrassing “Gaff”, when my father made enquires about the availability of a dairy herd costs etcetera. Somehow during the enquiry process Lionel accidentally ordered the herd which subsequently arrived in Alice Springs completely unbeknown to my father who then had to find finance.
As my dad put it, “very embarrassing at the time”.
Furthermore to your bitter tirade, Alex, AZRI is freehold publicly owned land ideally situated between the existing town its airport and its major industry.
People with vision as exampled by Reg Harris have long known it to be the logical sensible way to extend a town landlocked within the ranges, without actually building on the ranges.
You Alex are obviously part of the small selfish minority who are quite happy to see our town stay the same, a stagnate economy in complete disregard of those who come after us, those who have every bit as much right to be here as yourself, and who need homes and employment into the future.
The rest of us, Alex, are ecstatic about Kilgariff! Or will be if they ever get it on line. “Yippee”!

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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