Hal – In relation to cycling, I’m prepared to bet …

Comment on ‘Underdog candidates’ have vision to join the town together
 by Edan Baxter.

Hal – In relation to cycling, I’m prepared to bet you that if Council were to identify, say 20 bike-pathway improvements in this town, the vast majority of them would be absolutely fine.
On the few occasions where bike paths were deemed not possible, (i.e. following an AAPA clearance), cyclists could just continue to go “the long way round” as they are currently doing.
As for equating AAPA with De Gaulle? Ha! Nah. Sorry Hal – there are many things I will be doing over the next week but I just don’t have time to take a full bite of that one!
I’d be happy to share my thoughts about the Sacred Sites Act (37 years on) another time – but only in the context of the broader – Australian – history of which it is part. Metaphors are no problem but for future reference I prefer the folkloric kind – much less prone to us ending up with unreconcileable perspectives among other things!

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‘Underdog candidates’ have vision to join the town together

Hi Peter – I’m not Colin’s campaign manager by any means but I urge you to look into Colin’s other policies. He has some good ones.

As for myself, please do check out my writings on the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the various opportunities for Alice Springs at a local level. I believe some ICT knowledge would be a valuable addition to the current Council at this critical time for the ICT economy in our region.

As for bike-paths – it’s pleasing to note that 4 of the 5 candidates have made public commitments to the importance of improved bike-pathway infrastructure.
That’s a good thing for everyone, regardless of who wins on Saturday.


‘Underdog candidates’ have vision to join the town together

Thanks Anonymous. Good find and yes I am conscious there have been many reports and consultations into bike pathways and related infrastructure over the years.
In fact, just prior to the election of the 12th Council there had been an ASTC and NTG consultation into bike-path networks.
I guess the perpetual challenge for all of us who want to see quality achievements in each term of Council is to find the things we can agree on – and make those things happen.
I do like to think that the value of connecting-up the suburbs of Alice Springs with quality bike paths is one of those things.


Recent Comments by Edan Baxter

Is the Stuart statue next?
Guns aside, so many loaded sentences in this letter Hal.
Why are so many contributers to the discussions about this artwork so quick to recast the narrative (past and present) so simplisticly?
Contemporary Central Australia should hold the line and continue to aspire to better story telling about this matter.
Undoubtedly, the Stuart Statue remains arguably one of the most important pieces of public art to be installed in our region – and it is important to remember that those in the community who spoke out in varying degrees of disappointment about the 2010 installation (i.e. originally planned for the town council lawns), were from many different backgrounds and perspectives, and contributed to the public debate about this artwork intelligently and in a dignified manner.
As regards the relevant international developments to which you refer (and Stan Grant’s local contextualization), all I have heard “on cue” are lightweight puff pieces in mainstream media (looking at you NT News) and the usual conservative hyperventilators who more often than not, are missing the point.


Four more years of same-same
So much discombobulation amongst the Alice Springs News commentariat at the moment.
Anyone would think that conservatives lost this election they way most of you are all carrying on.


It’s all in a weekend’s work for nerds
For interested readers there is a full list of all the projects at this url:
https://2017.hackerspace.govhack.org/projects
Just filter by “NT” or “Alice Springs” or “Darwin”.
If you are a business or organisation interested in furthering the development of any of the protoype concepts, please get in touch with the respective team leaders.


Call for regional ministry in wake of police fiasco
What could the realistic fiscal cost/saving be? A few staff salaries and related costs? Doesn’t make sense!
Let us hope this is an early stuff-up and an apology and corrective response is forthcoming.
Anyway, this surely signals that the new government’s honeymoon period is over.


Skywalk Budget item could be game changer for Alice
Very kind of you to mention me in this visionary (pun intended) piece Erwin – although I could have sworn I told you recently I was keeping a low profile on the politiking front!
Anyway I’ll take a piece of the wild dog bait for the sake of the story.
Whilst I concur with the vibe “it is an exciting time to be a Centralian”, I would encourage voters (in Araluen in particular) to keep an open mind about the promises and commitments (and lack thereof) made during this extended election campaign.
Further, (and I don’t want to rain on this feel-good skywalk story too much), readers should know that whilst digital technology has great potential, you’re still going to need to need to work intelligently with AAPA, Councils, Parks, TOs et al to get things done. Believe it or not they do all actually exist to perform what should / could be a valued function in the governance affairs (and distribution of powers) in the NT. A high quality, high traffic skywalk without signage, protective railings or viewing platforms is not possible otherwise, no matter how good the supporting digital app technology.
Don’t get me wrong I do surely find entertaining the image of Steve Brown, atop Mt Gillen, cutting through a giant piece of red tape. But for me personally I’ll be storing this one in my scrapbook of glossy info-graphics and filing under “Alice Springs News classic hits” for now.
I look forward to learning more about this and other budget allocations (from all parties and other candidates) in coming weeks.


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