As a “whole-of-community”, we need to capture every opportunity to …

Comment on Our very own two speed economy by Phil Walcott.

As a “whole-of-community”, we need to capture every opportunity to provide employment for all who are able. Growing, harvesting and marketing food in remote communities as well as in urban areas (e.g. community garden projects) provides such opportunities.
Time to get off the dependency “gravy train” and skill workers for employment. Too many people have evolved a “learned helplessness” which leads to the paralyzing of communities and a reliance on government welfare. Too many elements of paternalism and systemic corruption through governments and organisations all assist to keep many people generationally disempowered.
Partnerships forged through industry and education platforms are vital to positive processes evolving. Throwing “buckets of money” at programs is no guarantee of effective outcomes. It needs to be strategically invested. Time to stop the systemic rorting of programs and initiatives with some people at the “top of the food chains” on fat salaries while delivering minimal outcomes and achievements.
Enlivening the community spirit in all of the areas within our region will help to produce the desired outcomes.

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Oh, Mr Hart … what a mess!!!

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Very comprehensive, considered and well reasoned responses from Neil. He has given so much back to this community over his lifetime and has excellent perspectives on how this town operates.
Neil understands that we need a whole-of-community buy-in to support each other and help us thrive in a new global environment.
If we can leave behind the need for greed mentality, that would be a good thing for humanity. If this health threat has reminded us of one thing, it’s the power of good will and friendships.
I was once told that I “would never have a lot of money … but I would always have enough”.
That was over 40 years ago and it has certainly proven to be the case. There were times when I had enough for a Vegemite sandwich and others when I had enough to fly around the planet in Business Class (with a First Class up-grade from Singapore to London).
Enough is relative. Many of us have enough … we just forget to remember or acknowledge it.
I certainly hope many of us do take this opportunity to reflect and reset.
The current situation has allowed us to take a look at where we’ve come from and where we’d like to head into the future.
Much of what was can be left there … in the past.
We now have opportunity to evolve some real 2020 vision (a convenient year to do so) about where we would like this town, region and her people to be by 2050 and beyond.
Thanks again for your considered views, Neil.
Your continuing community contributions are very welcome and acknowledged.

Ask Pine Gap for help to stop breach of COVID rules: Lambley
Great idea, Robyn.
It makes good sense to utilise whatever technology we have at our disposal to help counter this World War ‘C’ influence around our jurisdiction.
Whilst the NT Government, NGOs and safe-minded people have been able to (so far) minimise the contagion spread, communal transmission would be devastating to our most vulnerable Territorians (aged, infirm, homeless, those with chronic health conditions, living in economic and social poverty) if it were to occur.
We must, in a whole-of-community response, do everything within our collective power to halt the spread and mitigate the collateral damage as best we can.
Thanks for the idea, Robyn.

‘Social distancing’ is the wrong term
Patrick Nelson is correct. The term should be “physical distancing” or “spacial distancing”.

Robyn Lambley to join Territory Alliance
Wonder whether Yingiya Mark Guyula would be interested in joining Territory Alliance?
His proactive and positive ideas have been largely ignored by the arrogance of the current Parliament and government. The party needs to have Aboriginal representation more broadly to be better reflective of the jurisdiction we live in.
Scott McConnell in Braitling? Who else?

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