Lord Help us all! It’s not hard to see how …

Comment on LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister by Steve Brown.

Lord Help us all! It’s not hard to see how Central Australia has ended up well on the way to becoming a sad welfare driven backwater when you read comments like Bob’s. Not so hard to see how Territory Labor was able to take a thriving economy surrounded by great marketable beauty, mining, agriculture, tourism, unlimited space and unlimited opportunity and bring it to its knees in just a few short years of bleak vision-less bureaucratic government. It was backed up by its henchmen and women of narrow, small and bureaucratic mind, spurred on by the politics of self infatuation and envy.
Bob’s pedigree for being part of that is there as plain as day in this and many other of his profoundly bleak, befuddled and bureaucratically confounded comments.
I am both appalled and astounded that anyone, even Bob, would find a suggestion that we might build a fantastic new Youth Centre for our town as somehow threatening! Raising false expectations! Are you serious?? How do you imagine we can ever achieve anything as a community if we don’t put up ideas?? Begin the community discussions that may eventually, if pushed long and hard enough, result in a fantastic outcome for our community. “Build something for our kids for the future for tomorrow! How the hell do you think the rest of our infrastructure came about? How do you suppose any one ever built anything like the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or even just the town of Alice Springs? How? They dared to dream, Bob! They dared to have a go.
“Errr by the way, what would you do Bob”? “Oh. That’s right”! “You’ve already done it, haven’t you”? I know it’s going to come as quite a shock to you Bob but the Australian nation of which we are a part “Yeh, we are” is a democracy and it is governed by the will of the majority of its citizens. That will is open to good political argument and when that argument is won, anything at all can be changed, no matter how many years and how many poor befuddled and confounded little bureaucrats try to stop it with plaintiff cries of “you can’t do that”!
You can’t change that! Yes we can, Bob, yes we can! Now I know this is a lot for you to take in at once, Bob, but steel yourself for another shock. “There hasn’t always been a Resort at the Rock”!! “No, it’s quite true”! When locals started touring tourist to the Rock there was nothing there at all!! “Yes Bob the Rock was there, I meant the visitor facilities.” And in fact they actually had to build facilities to their requirement themselves! With no government assistance!! Incredible, hey, Bob? People who actually do things for themselves! Now this is going to come as an even greater shock, Bob, but those people still exist!! And all Government has to do to set them going is make land available and get the hell out of the way.
Why would we want to do that? Not just to create new and more imaginative business concepts but the competition for the existing resort would force them to lift their game, create a better more acceptable product and in the interest of doing that may even see them bring in new venture partners or to sell, or to split up the resort, all of this would be a very useful very healthy outcome for Central Australian tourism.
No we can’t do anything at the local level about the high Aussie Dollar. So the only thing left within our control is for us to improve our product to a level where tourists feel its value for the extra money. In tough economic times governments can facilitate the kinds of change required to generate better products, not by paying out enormous sums of money but by getting out of the way of those who are prepared to take a risk and do the hard yards, just as it did to create the original and now sadly declined product.
While government facilitates the rebirth of Central Australia’s entrepreneurial spirit it would do well to remember that it was “too much government” that stifled our initial development.
Now what was that other thing you think to be an impediment to change Bob? “Ah, Yes”, Land rights, Native Title, Title and Land Councils all the things that have done so much to lift Aboriginal people from poverty disenfranchisement, despair by replacing them with the fulfillment of dreams, personal wealth, happy successful children in schools, good health, employment and a wonderful rosy future.
Oops, my mistake. I was thinking about the lives of those involved in the parasitic industry that lives “off”, looking after the things we have paternally granted our Aboriginal population. Just because it’s given them nothing but worsening health, depression, poverty, disempowerment, unemployment, worsening education outcomes and ever deepening isolation.
Why would they want to change anything, when “you’re” I mean “they’re” on such a good wicket? I don’t know about you, Bob, but I reckon and indeed I know that the seeds for change are right there. And furthermore, Bob, something which will probably only serve to horrify you even further, it might even be Aboriginal people who take up the opportunity to use their own land ownership to do something about creating new opportunities!
Yeh but don’t worry Bob we all know they’ll have to come and ask you first, after all they couldn’t really make a decision on their own, could they? And obviously they are going to need a bright enthusiastic forward thinking Para- I mean Bureaucrat to assist aren’t they? Should never have fallen off that ladder – hurts to laugh!

Steve Brown Also Commented

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister
30 years of concentrated marketing featuring the Rock and very little else has created a view in the minds of many that Central Australia has but one attraction and a very expensive one to reach.
That, together with the commercially indifferent paternalistic philosophy of National Parks management, the monopoly ownership of the Yulara resort and you have as I’ve said many times before, a recipe for disaster!
The word is out there! All across the globe, 30 years of lousy service and indifferent treatment leaves potential visitors knowing how they are likely to be received at the Rock. Ripped off at the resort and treated like an unwanted intruder in the park!
Not too many are keen to fork out the big bucks for that! How do we turn it around? This year brings a federal election that will see another incompetent Labor Government bite the dust.
That will create an opportunity for the Territory to regain control of the park, our pollies and lobbyists should be working hard with that in mind.
The monopoly ownership of the Yulara Resort has to be broken by whatever means it takes, including if necessary the establishment of another resort.
Advertising of the Central Australian product has to become just that, “Central Australian”, no more Rock focussed / biased advertising campaigns.
Potential tourists tossing up on whether to spend the big dollars that it takes to get to and from our region have to know, have to be informed of the much broader, higher quality, better serviced products, that are available in The Centre awaiting their visitation.
Further to that, concentrate tourism dollars on making sure our infrastructure is up to speed improve our access roads and actively encourage the establishment of new business by removing red tape establishing a business development body speeding up and even being preemptive with the excisions of developable land parcels throughout the region, offering eventual ownership of some of those parcels under development licence agreements to enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Let their enthusiasm drive a rebirth of our badly jaded industry, in just the same way it started out. Guts, hard work and risk, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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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