One unaddressed problem with the Growth Towns might prove to …

Comment on Shires: either revenue must go up or expectations, down by Hal Duell.

One unaddressed problem with the Growth Towns might prove to be the same one that afflicted the new communities of Papunya in the Centre and Wadeye in the Top End (among others) forty years ago. And that’s the problem of forcing different mobs to live in the same community when they might not want to.
Or has that issue been resolved?
I think it’s unrealistic to imagine every small outstation can have all the amenities needed for modern life, amenities like roads, schools, stores and medical clinics. Where will all that money come from, especially as it doesn’t look like an economy, other than a recipient economy, will be getting built any time soon.
I still think the central control maintained by the large land councils has a lot to do with that economic stagnation.
So we live in times of increased urban drift, and who can blame those coming in for moving.
The trouble is that the urban centres are only just managing to provide for those already here. Housing especially is in short supply, but hopefully the Kilgariff suburb will go some way to alleviating that in Alice Springs.
The other change that would do wonders to the social interaction in the urban centres is a massive attitude scrub on the part of the new arrivals. To come to town carrying the same expectations of entitlement that are prevalent on communities is counter productive.

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Shires: either revenue must go up or expectations, down
@Bob Durnan (Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm)
It is nothing short of amazing that the link between disruptive behaviour and alcohol is still a contentious topic.
A report to our Town Council on the Port Augusta model is due soon. I look forward to reading what it says about that town’s alcohol policy. I am, however, leaning away from expecting a panacea. Alice is home to 250(?) remote communities and once here, urban drifters have nowhere else to go. Port Augusta is home to a couple of remote communities, and once there, the next town is just down the road.
Looking at the NT as a whole I sometimes think alcohol and the alcohol lobby are the headlights and our pollies are the rabbits caught in the glare. All are scared to jump to either side, and they all just keep getting run over.
Closing the bottle shops on one day a week to give us a time out would cost nothing and be so easy to do. But the mere mention of it brings a reaction akin to threatening a birthright. They are so stubborn, and so timid.


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You use terms like “robust form of evidence”, and “very strong indicator” to advance a theory, and then level suggestions of conspiracy theories on any other interpretation.
All I’m saying is an open mind is a good mind to have.
As for conspiracy theories, they’re entertaining. Mostly bullshit, a bit like elections, but good fun. Just watch the Golden Golem of Greatness, the great flim flam man himself. Do you really think he’s not enjoying himself?


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