To “Water Smart – please lose the word “rules”. Easily …

Comment on LETTER: Blow-in Enviro Nazis – hands off our water! by Hal Duell.

To “Water Smart – please lose the word “rules”. Easily done, and, if done, so much of the criticism coming your way will evaporate like the water in the sewer ponds. It’s not like there are no options. Why not guidelines?
And there are rules aplenty already. For instance, you’ll find them in building codes relating to dual-flush toilets and smart shower heads.
The message of the importance of water in our crowded, warming world, a world in which far too many people have either no access or restricted access to clean water, has been delivered and, mostly, taken on board. Or if not fully taken on board, even the most recalcitrant can’t say they haven’t heard.
I suggest the coming increase in our water bills will do a lot of your work for you.
I agree with Cr Brown when he says the use of the term “native” as applied to plants has been overused. It’s a mixed bag out there, and everything is a native to somewhere. Including us.
Two more suggestions: If you are serious about getting the Town Council to join you in your meetings and discussions, don’t schedule them for nights on which Council has for decades been holding their public meetings.
And, don’t be too quick to criticise Council for watering some of our public spaces during daylight hours. Vandals simply love kicking over pop-up sprinkler heads when they find them at night, and their replacement can be a hundred dollars or more, each.
Private residences are another matter. I doubt if any sand-hills will form at anyone’s front door, or rose bushes die, by restricting sprinklers to, say, from 4pm to 7am.

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I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
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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Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
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Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?

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