@Alex Thank you for your clearly stated answers to my questions. It …

Comment on Sands in Todd more stable than you think (re-published with Maxine Cook’s comment) by Hal Duell.

Thank you for your clearly stated answers to my questions.
It is a bit of a shame, and a continuing problem that will always need managing, that Alice Springs was built where we find it. But after 124 years we’re still here, so we must not be doing everything poorly.
I agree with you when you state that the river and the ranges are our two most valuable natural assets, but I would like to add one more – the night sky. We can’t do much about the sky except keep any industrial smoke our of it, nor about the ranges other than keep them from burning down and/or eroding. But we can impact better on the river through good management.
And that’s the key – managing.
It’s too late to pretend it will ever again be a “wild river” along the stretch between The Gap and the Telegraph Station. And above the Telegraph Station a flood mitigation dam with no allowance for a residue of standing water would severely impact on any tendency for wildness there and immediately downstream. I suggest we let it go wild again once it leaves us, and agree to manage what has become part of our shared urban landscape.
Surely there are enough people with enough knowledge living here to come up with an acceptable plan. It doesn’t have to degenerate into a rancorous climate-change type debate.

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Sands in Todd more stable than you think (re-published with Maxine Cook’s comment)
I’m not arguing, just asking a couple questions.
In the first photo there is a not particularly visible sand island that is not covered with any anchoring vegetation. In the second photo there is a clearly visible sand island that has been covered with vegetation that would help keep it anchored in place.
Does a sand island seen in the same spot in photos taken so many years apart imply the possibility of a natural eddy at that spot in any flow of the Todd? And if so, could today’s floods coming upon an anchored island build up that island until it becomes an obstruction? This is assuming that any flow of a river, coming upon an obstruction and therefore being checked to some extent, will drop at least some of the sediment it is carrying.
I think it is worth remembering that not all floods are raging events. Some are quite lazy, but they all carry sediment that can be left behind to be anchored with grasses.
Is couch with its root system more effective in that regard than buffel? if so, could it be the couch on the banks that is protecting the banks and keeping the Todd confined to its present course?

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Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
One common trait among all the Aboriginal kids running amok in this town is that they are all, to a boy/to a girl, racist.
It’s not just Whitey copping the abuse, altho it is largely Whitey running the programs (early intervention, school lunch, etc.) trying to keep these kids from being flogged and [abused] and generally passed around before they reach puberty.
Rather it’s anyone not deemed to be Aboriginal. Hang around the front door of the supermarket in the Coles Complex and listen to the language these kids direct to the African security guards. Come inside and listen to the language directed to the largely Asian night staff.
And what are the Aboriginal organisations in Alice doing about it? Too easy – nothing.
You don’t and won’t hear the same timbre of comments coming from European kids, from Asian kids, from African kids. For openers, they are too well mannered. Also, it’s because they and their parents are too busy studying and working to build a life that works in this multifaceted society of ours.
In short, all but the Aboriginals are too busy living to put up with the losing proposition of being forever on the outside looking in while blaming that amorphous “other” for their woes. Is it really too much to ask that they pull their socks up? Everyone else has.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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