The Intervention, extra community policing, the search for grog, just …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Steve Brown.

The Intervention, extra community policing, the search for grog, just plain boredom and the natural attraction of youth for the bright lights have all served to create what amounts to a regional refugee crisis for Central Australia and for Alice Springs in particular.
If we were situated on the coast and started to receive just a few hundred refugees by boat our issues would receive immediate national if not world-wide attention. It would immediately result in the provision of funding, emergency accommodation, policing, the enforcement of the nation’s laws, all on a budget of “whatever it takes”.
What about Alice? What about our plight? Here we are trying to cope, almost completely without assistance, with a migration that numbers in the thousands! The further injection of funding under “New Futures” is certainly welcome if it includes measures that take the heat out of the migration, that slow it enough so that with the appropriate assistance Alice can cope. Housing, businesses, jobs, all have to grow, and we must not under any circumstances create another debilitating, false economy, by propping up this influx with welfare!
The migration has to match private sector growth. The mindset that accepts welfare dependency as the norm has to go. There is an enormous amount that a well intentioned government could do to facilitate and speed up this process. Specifically, and urgently, by way of providing serviced blocks of land for business, industry, new technology, small pastoral and farm blocks to suit studs, exotics, horses, camels, etcetera.
There could be horticulture, flower and nurseries, tourism, mining and of course, affordable housing. The release of this land to prospective businesses should see the simultaneous setting up of a regional development fund that would operate as a mandated Development Bank, offering low interest long term loans assisting the establishment of new labour intensive industries.
The absolute intent should be growing our region out of the welfare mentality by growing our private sector. This should be bringing an end to dependency and victimhood and replacing them with independence, equality, self belief and pride which will in turn result in a happier, healthier, better adjusted society not so prone to issues of alcoholism and lawlessness. In turn this will benefit our nation as a whole, turning a huge welfare liability into a wealth creating asset. This is the vision Alice needs to sell to the nation! A way out of welfare, if they’ll just provide the right kind of assistance NOW while we so desperately need it.
Steve Brown
Councillor elect

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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