Editor, I’m not sure why you have highlighted my supposedly …

Comment on Mayor’s challengers take shots at one another by Steve Brown.

Editor, I’m not sure why you have highlighted my supposedly rude rejection of Damien’s preference offer but I wish to assure you and the readers that at no time have I ever been rude to Damien Ryan.
I don’t dislike the man I don’t harbor any ill feelings towards him. I simply disagree with the manner in which he has carried out the mayoral role. My rejection of his offer may not have left much room for discussion but it was not rude, my words were: “I’m sorry Damien but I’m afraid my preferences have already been allocated.” That is word for word what I said to him, not rude, just definite.

ED – “Rudely rejected”is an direct quote from Damien Ryan. His offer of a preference swap deal is newsworthy in the context of the campaign. We have now adjusted the highlighted sub-heading and referred to your response in the article.

Steve Brown Also Commented

Mayor’s challengers take shots at one another
There are few if any that have my overall broad brush of experience, practical expertise, history of association and general knowledge of Alice Springs, what makes it tick, and more importantly what could make it tick a lot better. If you take the trouble to look back through the archives of this publication you would find many many articles, letters from myself and the Advance Alice movement that started and or pushed for projects such as the Kilgariff subdivision, the shifting of the power station to the Brewer Estate and many many other concepts or changes to law and regulation. Yet I choose to push almost as a single issue in my Mayoral Campaign, Law and Order! Why do I do that?? Because it is not possible to build a strong healthy town on rotten foundations! Law and Order until we can get it under some semblance of control, is the all consuming issue! Alice Springs is losing its locals, losing its knowledge base, losing its history. The previously largest industry, Tourism, is reduced to a mere declining shadow of its former glory. We can’t get staff, property prices are collapsing, business is closing – why??? Because of Law and Order break-ins, bashings, robbery, but most of all because of a loss of security. People no longer feel safe here! They don’t feel safe to raise their families here. To make Alice the successful, growing, prosperous town, that is my intent, we have to first change that! Castles are built upwards from their foundations, so are towns! Law And Order is the foundation of any town worth residing and investing in, if we can’t provide that we won’t be needing roads, rates and rubbish, just someone to turn the light out.

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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