@ Jimmy Cocking, Your comment is a fine example as …

Comment on Alice water cap lifted ‘under pressure from political advisers’ by Steve Brown.

@ Jimmy Cocking, Your comment is a fine example as to why the Alice Springs Water Allocation Committee needed a review: Conclusions were drawn with the aid of persons like yourself who have absolutely no idea, no experience, no history, no knowledge and nothing to add to the subject matter over which they sat in judgement.
Please take your big city politics and agenda back to the big city Jimmy, they don’t belong here! I might also remind you mate that I do not have a subdivision proposal before government! When there was a proposal from some members of my family it was to be connected to the Town Water supply at the expense of those who purchased the properties, as in fact is always the case, whether or not headworks are supplied by private enterprise or government, just as it will be in Kilgariff.
The Aquifer, the water supply, we drink from at White Gums is also under the Water Allocation Committee, as a member of that committee you must know that!
So why the mistruth, Jimmy? The people who live at White Gums now and into the future are and will be, taxpaying Territorians.
And as such they are entitled to every bit as much service and amenity as any other taxpaying Territorian.
As a long term Alicespringsites, as part of a very large Alice Springs family, as part of the Alice Springs community, as a parent, as a grand parent and as someone who has lived and fully intends to live out the rest of their life as part of this community, I definitely do have a vested interest in its future!
That is why I get very angry and very concerned when blow-ins pushing wacko agendas from elsewhere attempt to interfere with the healthy growth of our community, especially when those agendas put at risk the future employment prospects of our children.
While we are talking about vested interest Jimmy, doesn’t Arid Lands, your employer, depend entirely on taxpayers for its existence?
And in light of that fact perhaps you should give some more thought to my preceding comment relating to bureaucrats and NGO understanding their non political role in our community!
As for working together Jimmy, we already do! You’re a quasi bureaucrat and I’m an elected member. Your role is to comply with the wishes of the community of taxpayers who fund you. My role is to put those wishes to you, let’s try and make that work.

Steve Brown Also Commented

Alice water cap lifted ‘under pressure from political advisers’
Years of pathetic Labor Government bereft of ability, leadership, technical capacity or in house knowledge that could assist in decision making. Claire Martin’s plaintiff cry of “we don’t know anything about being in Government” and “we are going to need a lot of help” when Labor first won Government, brought about a previously unseen level of reliance on the advice and decision making capacity of bureaucrats.
Over time, because of a lack of leadership, this has developed into an unhealthy bureaucratic culture. A culture that has some bureaucrats believing they have the right to make decisions on their own, to speak out at whim, to exert their own opinion, opinions often held without any personal expertise, being completely obstructionist even to the level of sabotaging attempts to implement policies with which they don’t personally agree.
All this with complete disregard for the views and aspirations of Tax paying Territorians battling to get ahead, make a dollar under an ever growing burden of bureaucratic BS!
In an attempt to reinvigorate the Territories economy, to reinstate the dream, [we need] our belief in a bright prospective future!
Our new government needs a cooperative go-ahead bureaucracy that knows and understands its role and where the boundaries are, one that is prepared to operate within those boundaries!
Although it is hard to believe at times, this is still a democratic country! The views of its citizens do count, and those views must prevail! Bureaucrats must accept that they are directed by the will of their community, through the auspices of their elected representatives and be prepared to get on board with a new government mandated to fire up the Territory! Not to mothball it! To sit on their hands looking at it because no one has the capacity to decide upon the way forward! This has been the way of the past dozen years, escalating backslide!
The Water Advisory board was one of those sitting on its hands not prepared to look at the bigger picture, no belief in the future just plain pig headed obstructionism!
We need to shutting it down and start again with a mind open to new employment and wealth creating opportunities.
We need to look with an open mind at the science to see what really can be achieved, actually researching the levels of recharge and supply capacity of our aquifers before dismissing possible developmental use.
Not just shutting down our region and sitting on it with teeth bared against all comers until the end of time!
Recognising that one way or another we can and will maintain our region and its capacity to grow, to employ our children even if that means running pipelines to elsewhere!
Our future is not constrained by one bore field! And it’s not going to be constrained by the small minds of a few secretive individuals pushing a doomsday agenda!
Good on you Territory Government, strong government with the ability to make decisions and implement them, that’s is what will drive the Territory forward!
And yes it’s always important to keep senior positions in our end of the Territory when we can. That is why its so important that those occupying them make the most of the opportunities, always making sure they are in tune with the wishes of the majority of the community as represented by the elected government of the day and never getting lost in pushing personal beliefs and agendas.

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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