What we are seeing is nothing less than a changing …

Comment on Ryan’s agenda to reform land council: broad support from members? by Interested Observer.

What we are seeing is nothing less than a changing of the guard at the CLC. What is surprising about this is not that it is happening now but that it hasn’t already happened.
It is a measure of the influence of David Ross and a lack of influence by the elected members that he has maintained an extraordinary position.
It is that the CLC is not going to spend its own money on Aborigines. This has underpinned the growth of CentreCorp into a very wealthy entity, and one that Ross says he is proud of.
Yes, Ross has been powerful enough to say that withholding funds from Aboriginal people is something to be proud of.
In effect this is a very conservative statement along the lines of “Don’t waste money on Blackfellas”.
The issues are clouded at the moment but we will eventually see that Mr Ryan aims to change that philosophy and he will do it by unraveling the secrecy and the power of the administration versus the elected members.
Whether that ultimately turns out to be a good thing remains to be seen but it is inevitable.

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Ryan’s agenda to reform land council: broad support from members?
Maurie Ryan makes a very good point about David Ross.
Ross has his fingers in many pies but feels no obligation to be transparent around potential conflicts of interest.
He is prominent on the CentreCorp board, surely one the most secretive Aboriginal Corporations in the country.
Under Ross’s shared leadership CentreCorp has locked up tens of millions of dollars while Aboriginal communities cry out for more funds courtesy of the tax payer.
On one hand Ross advocates for more services for Aboriginal people but on the other he is custodian of riches designated for them but withheld.
Surely this is a fundamental conflict of interests.

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IAD under external administration
IAD Press is nothing short of a national treasure.
It has published many uncommercial but highly valuable language resources over the decades.
Meanwhile, the teaching arm of IAD is probably defunct and cannot be resurrected.
It has lost its key trainers, its reputation and is besieged by competition.
A wild idea 1:
IAD Press be privatised by Aboriginal organisations and largely funded by Centrecorp.
Wonderful kudos for them nationally for doing this.
All local organisations use it to print their reports and many other publications.
Wild idea 2:
The IAD property be sold and the funds used to maintain the press.

Dumbing down Alice Springs
We all know that the NT Government is heavily mired in crippling debt.
Of course, the CDU has to be downsized and it must happen in a sensible manner.
Simply, which courses are producing real outcomes, i.e. getting students jobs?
Higher education for remote students is laudable but has failed at huge expense over many years.
How many Aboriginal teachers and nurses are there who are actually employed?
Almost none.
There are many courses that lead to almost zero employment outcomes.
Art courses in the Correctional Centre is one of them and this must be discontinued.
Music was abolished some time ago but somehow art survived.
The NT can no longer pay for recreational courses.
The NT Government and CDU do have to slash costs but should maintain the courses and staff that are producing real employment outcomes.
The rest do have to go and the sooner the better. We are broke.

Mating odour to catch feral cats
Cats roam and I wonder how many much-loved pet cats have ended up on this rural property.
Cats should always be trapped and taken to the local shelter.
Shelter staff and volunteers will then check for a microchip to see if there is a registered owner and advertise online to try to re-home. They are dealt with humanely at all times.

Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
@ Frank Baarda: The helium is a byproduct of Central Petroleum’s (ASX CTP) Mt Kitty petroleum system to the far west of Alice Springs near the Kintore community.
The Suprise 1 well at Mt Kitty pumped oil for more than a year that was transported in tankers. Little has been reported by the company on the commercial possibilities of the helium.

End of search for Monika Billen
My drone flying friends say that not finding Monika is a disgrace.
Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.

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