Machine-Gun Brown (Posted June 30, 2013 at 10:21 am) should …

Comment on Feds say no to Alice Springs CBD project funding by Bob Durnan.

Machine-Gun Brown (Posted June 30, 2013 at 10:21 am) should answer a few questions if she’s going to present herself as the expert on these matters.
Has she traveled the roads to Walungurru or Ampilatwatja or Urlampe lately without risking damage to her vehicle?
Tried to move her young family out of her parents’ overcrowded house and rent her own place at Atitjere or Utju (or Urapuntja or Nyirrpi)?
Begged to get a badly injured tourist or local evacuated after dark when the creeks are running on the Santa Teresa or Hermannsburg or Plenty River roads?
Endeavoured to get accommodation for more nurses (or other skilled workers) at just about any bush community?
Maybe she has tried to get a teenager through secondary education at Titjikala or Docker River, or find a qualified pre-school teacher at a dozen bush communities where they don’t exist?
If she hasn’t done these things, and can’t tell us convincingly how to overcome these problems without government assistance, then maybe she should apologise to Ian Sharp, start lobbying the NT and Federal governments to get a move on to deliver basic essential services in the remote communities, and help the Alice Springs Town Council and the Uniting Church raise private funds to finance their Hartley Street car park and apartment development project.

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Wrong again Matthew Langan (Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm).
It was actually “big knob socialist flogs” from the CLP who talked up and used government funds to build the Desert Park, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Strehlow Museum.
If you have complaints about those places and their costs to the public purse, go talk to the conservatives. Nothing to do with the Labor mob.
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They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
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There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.


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