@ Steve Brown. Have you any hard data on the …

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@ Steve Brown. Have you any hard data on the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts that the residential development of AZRI will have on the sustainability of our town?
Can you explain why we have a growing number of houses and units for sale or rent and so many vacant commercial premises in our town centre?
If you were one of the 250-300 locals who attended last night’s Climate Commission forum, with Tim Flannery, then you’d know that you are part of that “selfish minority” that prefers a “business as usual” approach for the town instead of planning for a carbon-free future.
As a self-confessed non-historian, Steve, you could do to engage in a little research before shooting off more of your ideas.

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LETTERS: Dr Boffa honoured. Offer in Todd Mall: Want a girl? How many generations, Steve? And the bicycle track’s missing link.
@ John Barnes. Steve Brown, through his numerous letters, states a belief that minimal regulations be put in the way of our town’s developers, and that this will stimulate the economic growth that will solve all our town’s ills.
Such a fairy tale could only be believed by his fellow developers, many of whom I feel have brought this town to where it is today through their senseless, profit-driven, short-sighted projects.
Their “growth-at-any-cost” approach to development is increasingly discredited by today’s better-informed public, as evidenced by the turn-out at the Climate Commission forum.
You may not be impressed by the numbers, John, but I think our political leaders certainly know how significant it is that about 300 or so voters, in a town this size, spared almost two hours of their time to attend.


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I’ve tried to make a submission but the maps I’ve seen provided online are very pixilated and difficult to read.
Maybe this is being done on purpose?
It’s never-the-less easy to see that the biggest “no-go” area on these maps is all around Darwin.
Call me cynical, but it seems to me that the NT Government is selling us all out for the benefit of the capital.
Time to get very vocal, folks, or live with the consequences.


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I would add to his list “a better acknowledgement, appreciation and respect for Indigenous cultural values,” which would promote a sense of true social inclusion for a section of our community that have not been allowed to play an effective part in our decision-making process, neither at a local nor at a Territory level.
Evidence of exclusion ranges from objections to flying the Aboriginal Flag on Anzac Hill, the insistence of excluding Indigenous language in our schools and the lack of consultation regarding the siting for the Indigenous Art Centre. Politicians can take note: We can and need to do better.


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