Well said Leigh, a reasonable point of view. And it …

Comment on $20m gated community proposed for Pine Gap staff by Ian Sharp.

Well said Leigh, a reasonable point of view. And it does raise the question of other gated communities / complexes around the town.
And even some of the fenced-in fortresses that some individual dwellings have become over the years.
Why can’t the Americans do as they wish, within reason?
In our nearly 30 years in The Alice we always found the Americans outgoing, friendly, community-minded, easy to get on with … and if some of them feel a bit more comfortable behind a fence at night I’m OK with that.
Remember, some of these people would have grown up in households where guns were on hand as a security blanket, something they have to do without in Australia.

Recent Comments by Ian Sharp

Claire Hockridge found dead
What a tragic situation. It looks like there will be a fair bit of negative comment thrown around.
But there are lessons to learn. I’ve let my Sat Phone account lapse since I left The Alice, but I still carry a registered EPIRB in the vehicle just in case.
A couple of hundred dollars will get you a decent one, still take your extra water, recovery gear etc, but don’t go for a drive out bush without one, IMHO. Tragedy averted.

‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
The officer charged will also always be remembered as a hero for his role in rescuing tourists washed away attempting to cross a flooded Hugh River. He received a bravery medal from the Governor-general. He has also served a tour in the army in Afghanistan.

Council on climate: wide-ranging action as matter of urgency
Well done Erwin for allowing Alex Nelson to post the link to The Conversation article.

We won’t be there for His Royal Highness
How silly is this! How long will we put up with this nonsense of having this lot “rule over us”?

Rules for outback work travel may catch some out
A woman I knew back in the 1980s or 90s was required to drive a Landcruiser out bush alone without the knowledge or capability to change a wheel if she had a flat. Luckily it never happened.

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