The time for thoughtful sitting around perusing the various issues …

Comment on Those in a hurry and those who are not by Steve Brown.

The time for thoughtful sitting around perusing the various issues problems and possible fixes has long gone! Our town, Alice Springs, is in serious trouble! Faster and faster turnaround times on the average workers length of stay, murmurings from one of the town’s largest employers about flying staff in, have our town teetering on the edge of a slippery slope.
A slide that would lead to Alice degenerating into a fly in fly out bush camp, similar to many found in the west. Where no attempt is made to build a community, simply a place of convenience to be in and out of, in the fastest possible time.
To prevent that from happening we have to create a place that is not only convenient but comfortable, inviting, interesting, safe, secure, where law is fairly and equally enforced. A place that offers incentives for those who commit to a lengthy stay, such as an easy path to home ownership for workers, business incentives such as land and housing packages that are simply far better than anything on offer anywhere else.
How do we achieve these things? By making available something we have masses of, affordable land. Make it available and get out of the way! Let those who come to take up the opportunities do the rest, it is their drive and ambition that will build a worthwhile community, not a bunch of jaded grey little bureaucrats with no imagination whose only contribution is more bureaucracy, more problems, less incentive, whose constant and overriding fear of failure only ever leads to what bureaucrats do best: Nothing. Alice’s future lies in building its private sector! Pushing Government into the background, unfortunately for us we can only commence that process by bringing about a government that has the guts, be it ever so briefly, to commence the process!
It is absolutely essential if Alice is not to sink into a mire, a decline, lasting decades, that in this year’s Territory Government election, Alice Springs extract from the Parties fully costed promises, signed in blood, to free up our lands! To deregulate the Territory! To throw off the shackles of bureaucracy, which are quite simply strangling the life out of the Territory’s regions! Another four years of the kind of neglect we have seen over the past 20 will be absolutely disastrous for our town. So whatever your political background, it’s time to unite and apply the blow torch to those who hold our town’s future in their hands. You can sit around and contemplate our future at some later date, when we have one.

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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