Gees Dave. I don’t know how many different ways I …

Comment on Whatever happened to the Port Augusta model? by Steve Brown.

Gees Dave. I don’t know how many different ways I have to say the same thing before you get it, or is it a case of, “there is none so blind as those who will not see”!
I’ll try again. “We have a new Government”! “Yipeeee”! They are however following on the heels of the most inept, neglectful and just plain idiotic government this nation has ever had to endure.
There is much to win back, to re-establish, to pay for! All of these things have to be weighed up before we can step forward. My personal opinion is that the new government will need some time to asses and prioritise. I am quite simply giving them some space in order to do just that. In the meantime getting in their face will not achieve anything so I am urging patience! Take a rest, put your feet up, cool your heels, count the stars Dave, and as I said in the article after the December 4th mini budget we’ll rekindle the fires.
Lets not forget, however, that the Port Augusta report and my response to it were drawn up while our community was suffering the agony of neglect inflicted on it by Territory Labor. Under the new government with a re-established interest in the regions there is likely to be a whole raft of new initiatives that have an effect on many of the ideas an conclusions I put forward in my discussion paper “Alice Springs Town Harmony A New Dawn”. The Alice Springs News published extracts. You could try reading those while your are waiting, Dave, maybe add a few ideas of your own.
You may also contemplate the twin facts that Law and Order are the basis of our civilization. Populist – popularity is the basis of democracy, a system of government where up until now the majority rules!
Further to Bob’s earlier comment, I completely agree that Operation Marathon and its continuance has made a huge difference to our Law and Order situation. What a terrible shame that despite our cries for help the bashings, the rapes, the property crimes, the destruction of our tourist industry, our town’s economy, that it took a full two terms of Territory Labor, who even then only finally acted just a few short months out from an election that they thought they might lose! Territory Labor what a calamity for our town! What a disaster for the Territory!

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Whatever happened to the Port Augusta model?
Out of puff? Not living in the real world, hey?? Let me issue a few home truths. Firstly whether or not we ever see the implementation of the Port Augusta Report or my own suggestions deriving from it is entirely dependant on those in power, our newly elected Government!
Will there be a need under the new government for some or all of the recommendations; will we be able to afford it? Before these questions can be answered I think our new Government needs a little time to asses, don’t you? Only fools rush in.
I personally have invested a great deal of time and energy over the past years doing the only thing I can do to bring these things about, put up the ideas and lobby like hell to achieve them. I can’t do that successfully on my own, it takes community pressure to attract our pollies’ attention and determined intention on the part of the community to bring them about, so if you like some of what I am proposing don’t just blame me if it fails to get up, maybe ask yourself a question or two about what you did to help!
Meanwhile I am doing my damnedest. I like the rest of you are rather impatient to see things happen and I like you am fully aware that our new Government needs time, so you just like me are quite simply going to have to be patient, which as my mother always tells me, is a virtue. Practise it!
As for living in the real world, apart from being a lobbyist and Councillor I am a self-employed working Electrician/ Builder. As a Sub contractor I undertake the Electrical Maintenance on Our Housing Homes, I cover the length and breadth of our Town on a daily basis. I know not from hearsay, but from first hand observation all the issues that beset our Community. I come from a large Local family with 9 siblings. I have, including my step children, 9 of my own and fifteen grandchildren. I think my feet are pretty firmly on the ground. You want to see the real world come and live in mine for a while. The reason I am often silent, is not because I wouldn’t like to respond to many of your comments, or that I have something to hide, it’s simply that I don’t often find the time. My apologies for that, I will however do my best to keep the conversation going and respond ASAP.


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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