@ Jane Clark Posted March 30 2012 @ 10:05 and …

Comment on Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass by David Chewings.

@ Jane Clark Posted March 30 2012 @ 10:05 and 8:58am.
Jane, you cannot discuss the problems that have beset Alice Springs since June 2007 without first recognizing the devastating effects of the Federal Intervention policies.
To attempt to do otherwise in this public forum shows to me a denialist attitude which has plagued the Alice Springs Town Council for decades now.
Give Joy a little credit for her role in changing Port Augusta for the better.
With respect,
David Chewings.

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Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass
@ Port Augusta Councillor Tony Mitchell.
Posted March 29 2012 at 2:21pm.
Not everyone may realise that Joy Baluch is nearing her 80th birthday and won the last election with 80% of the vote and there is little sign of her stopping.
Shades of an Olive Pink perhaps.
Joy is popular, her time in the sun as Mayor is right now but does she have support from the WHOLE community as Cr. Tony Mitchell would presume?
Aboriginal theologian Dave Wright, for 10 years a community voice in Port Augusta, might not whole heartedly concur with Tony’s sentiment.
Joy was not supportive a group wanting a community garden on council land refusing their request thus: “This bunch of Jenny Craig failures who can’t even tend their own gardens … and some people you can’t teach a bloody thing.” Reported in the summer of 2011.
Joy won the day.
Communities could benefit more by listening to such diverse voices as John Reid and Joy Baluch.

Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass
Having seen the improvements with family first hand just last week, I can only say that the improvements are real and sustainable.
The police have a fair amount of presence and the vibrant nature of the town is obvious.
Looking forward to many, but not too many anonymous, comments from your readership. Port Augusta is not the Alice for one thing, they do not have to deal with the intervention in a direct sense.
I have had the “pleasure” of meeting Joy in my taxi times and I will say is that she is better entertainment value than the likes of Dean Lukin. At least DL was far more generous with his fare payment.
David Chewings

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