I do absolutely feel for you, Erwin. A few years …

Comment on A powerhouse of endeavour with a very human face by Hal Duell.

I do absolutely feel for you, Erwin.
A few years ago I had a full knee replacement, and although my operation took place in Adelaide, I had a similar experience of excellence as regards doctors, nurses and hospital.
Now comes the rehabilitation, and you are lucky enough that in the time since I had my op, the Alice Springs Town Council has constructed the new Aquatic Centre with a heated pool.
Lucky, lucky you! Just when my rehab was going well (I had my op in February) I was kicked out of the town pool due to it closing for winter.
So it was a winter in the gym for me. Some people do well in gyms, but I have to admit that I don’t. What I wouldn’t have given for a heated pool and being able to continue my rehabilitation in the water.
So let’s hope Council and the YMCA and whoever else is involved gets a new management team in place. That all-year heated pool is worth whatever is costs.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.


Locally produced hemp could replace plastic
This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.


Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
Commercial-in-confidence is such a scam. Come on councillors – I challenge any of you to grow a pair.


Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
It can be done. Read this.


US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
The Opium Wars are over. China won. And all this “containment” and forward posturing is more like dogs barking in the night while the caravan moves on.
Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?


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