Good on you Willem and the CLP Government this is …

Comment on Pastoralists can now diversify by Steve Brown.

Good on you Willem and the CLP Government this is the kind of bold forward thinking move that we’ve been screaming at Government to make for half a century.
The facts are that enormous portions of the Territory are tied up in vast land holdings these holdings generally only support a couple of families who make a living from grazing the natural pastures.
In most cases the land is capable of much much more. Here on White Gums where I live, our family property is a tiny portion of the vast Owen Springs property from which it was subdivided some 60 years ago yet it has managed to support and grow a large highly productive Central Australian family.
It’s about time others were given that chance, allowing our local economy to diversify, to develop a much broader agricultural and horticultural base.
Not of course only restricted to those kinds of developments, Tourism comes to mind particularly in Central Australia along the breadth of the MacDonnell Ranges.
Don’t get lost in the politics of envy! Wealth creation is a good thing for all of us, and so essential here in the centre where we have become all too reliant on the welfare dollar.
Wealth creation brings opportunity, motivation, jobs, hopes and dreams; these are the things that drive the private sector, a chance to get ahead!
I’m not sure that we should be messing with leasing. I think blocks under a certain size should be eligible for freehold with any right to land claim / native title extinguished. Land claim / native title is a failed experiment that simply builds parasitic bureaucracies while leaving those who were meant to benefit worse off, locked into dependency and the infighting that comes with it.
Aboriginal families who wish to own one of these properties should have the right to access funds saved in their names by various agencies and assisted to buy property in their “own name” unencumbered by native title or land claim, having along with the rest of the community the right to completely independent ownership!
And yes just like the rest of the community the independent self funded responsibility for the success or otherwise of their venture.
There is no better way to kick off the development of the North than freeing up the land!
Along with that there is no better way to lift a race from poverty than by combining employment, individual ownership self reliance and responsibility – Yeh – the right to make their own decision unhindered by the bleak unimaginative bureaucracy so often evidenced in the comment section of this publication. Onya Willem!

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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