Well done Mike and Maria. Inspiring as always and lifting …

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Well done Mike and Maria. Inspiring as always and lifting our spirits beyond the mundane. So good to see.

Recent Comments by Steve Thorne

A touch of light: termite alates
Love these pieces Mike. Keep ’em coming! By the way, of the three trees mentioned which in your opinion would be suitable street trees for providing shade in the town centre?

A touch of light: shield shrimps
Mike: As always a well considered article and wonderful image. Stay safe.

Councillors: do we need Federal intervention on ‘crime wave’?
At the risk of commenting from afar, I read the article and comments with interest. As the saying goes, “for every complex problem, there is a simple solution – and it’s wrong”. Community safety and well-being is a complex matter. I am aware of a local government which undertook to address their issues (which were very similar to those facing Alice Springs)and developed a comprehensive set of strategies to first understand the parameters of the problem, then work out both short and long terms ways to begin to address what was identified. Follow-up studies show that the crime did not just become displaced, but diminished over time. The strategies have been in place since 1999. The Council is the City of Gosnells in Western Australia. Their SafeCity strategy was called “the most advanced community safety strategy in Australia”. I was fortunate to be part of some aspects of the strategy. It would be worth talking to people at Gosnells.

Have a look at what’s being demolished
Mike, you are quite right to point to this foolishness.
What an amazing waste of resources.
Your vision of turning this complex into a useful facility where young people would be able to find a vocation and become optimistic is right on the money.
It is a waste of an existing resource and a terrible waste of an opportunity for the future.

Heat rises on cooling plan
For almost every urban problem the answer is street trees. Get on with it and plant as many as possible.
You are fortunate to have one of the few indigenous deciduous trees in your town, the white cedar. Plant many more of them as soon as possible.
The other slogan I like is: “The best time to plant street trees was twenty years ago, the second best time is today.”

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