I’m intrigued by the sign announcing the re-release of Stage …

Comment on Darryl Pearce still has hand in real estate deal as titles are issued: We were kept in the dark, says native title holder by Alex Nelson.

I’m intrigued by the sign announcing the re-release of Stage One of the Mt John Valley development, especially by all those little silhouettes of the figures at the bottom. Aside from being white, they look markedly similar to the figure used by the CLP in its re-badged look these days. Very interesting!
Recently I picked up a Robyn Lambley (Member for Araluen) fridge magnet at the Post Office, which is very flash – lots of colour, very professionally done. But there’s nothing on it to identify which party she belongs to – no “CLP”, “Country Liberal Party”, “The Territory Party” or the like. In my time as a card-carrying member of the CLP, even in the late 1980s when things were looking increasingly bleak, it would have been unimaginable to have any promotional material that didn’t identify the party! However, Ms Lambley’s fridge magnet does have that distinctive little black silhouette figure at the bottom right corner, rather like what one sees with the Mt John Valley sign.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Jack (Posted May 26, 2020 at 1:19 am): Change the scale of your figures (upwards, on a massive scale), widen the scope of your scenario, and you’ve got a perfect description of the Northern Territory for the entire period of “responsible” self-government.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Alex Hope (Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm): I’ve provided a small reminder of previous shenanigans in my recent comment piece.
The NT Government is simply digging itself into an ever deeper hole; the problem it now has is that it precipitately and unnecessarily spent over $2m of taxpayers’ money to demolish a perfectly good public asset – the former Anzac Hill High School.
The NTG has committed itself to a course of action on this site that it can’t simply abandon, having already gone as far as it has with the expense and actions already taken.
If the Gunner Labor Government was to abandon the Anzac Oval Precinct now, it then faces huge criticism for all the damage it has now caused and for no justification at all.
Whatever criticisms might be directed at the old CLP regime (two decades plus ago), I think it was never on such a scale of bungling incompetence to what we’re now witnessing with the current hapless Labor Government on the home stretch to the imminent polls.
No wonder they’re putting all their hopes in Darwin.


Gallery row: Remember the dam?
@ Jack (Posted May 23, 2020 at 10:42 am): You seem to provide evidence for the existence of a parallel universe – Chansey Paech supports the gallery at the Anzac Oval Precinct despite the disapproval of Traditional Owners of the town area.


High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero.
“We won’t have a tourism industry here if we are not open by July.”
Well, according to CM Michael Gunner on a Darwin radio station today, the borders won’t be open until the beginning of August at the earliest, and only – effectively – if COVID-19 is eliminated in Australia.
Meanwhile Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stated her state’s borders will likely remain closed until September.
Looks to me the Northern Territory is experiencing a change every bit as transformative as what happened here because of the Second World War.


A touch of light: native passionfruit
@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted May 15, 2020 at 11:41 am): Years ago I found that one way to increase the vigour of native passionfruit seedlings was to incorporate a small quantity of dry leaf litter that exhibits white mould into their soil or potting mix.
You find this material by uncovering accumulated piles of dry leaves under eucalypts, acacias or other native species.
Native passionfruit seeds are spread by birds so these plants germinate below where birds perch, typically under other trees and shrubs.
The roots of the seedlings presumably establish a symbiosis with the mould in the leaf litter to enable better absorption of soil nutrients.
It’s not unusual to find plants spread by birds growing in the trunks and branches of river red gums, where they’ve been able to take root in the soil of termite nests exposed high up in the trees.
Usually these are ruby saltbushes but at Pitchi Richi I’ve observed a large native passionfruit growing out of a river red gum several metres above the ground.


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