Love the giant emu footprint pointing to Uluru, our town’s …

Comment on Why do we not think BIG about tourism? by Observer.

Love the giant emu footprint pointing to Uluru, our town’s nemesis when it comes to tourism. Sadly the footprint would quickly be overgrown with buffel and become invisible. That would put Steve in a quandary, leave the useful weed or save the tourist attraction?

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Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Steve, you flatter yourself to claim to be astounded that some in our community are actually threatened by ideas. Your projects of enormous scale such as perching an opera house like facility on the top of the range is far too amusing to be threatening. But I grant that your column is always entertaining and you do defend well, or at least as well as your ideas could be defended. Looking forward to your next column.


Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Steve. Your proposals are:

(1) Build a world class visitor centre, restaurant, cultural and art centre on the top of Heavitree Rang offering 24 hour a day service.
(2) Access for everyone to be provided by a cable car.

I rest my case.


Why do we not think BIG about tourism?
Steve, you say that you have been disheartened by the government’s tokenistic pretense at listening to local ideas … and … lack of imagination, adventure, forward thinking or just plain guts that was on display in that thinking.
But reading your extravagant, inevitably loss making proposals I find I have some sympathy for the government’s lack of appreciation of local ideas.


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Education, youth crime, fracking: Live election issues
Maya: “The only thing about the bloody fracking is the dollars they see at the end.”
Yes and the $ are very much needed.
The NT is past broke, we are around a staggering $7 billion in debt and at the end of the pandemic add another billion.
All NT services will eventually be run down because of this horrific debt.
The debt will affect our schools and our kids’ education and it will put lives at risk when our hospitals cannot cope.
Yes, there is a downside to fracking, but in the context of massive debt and degrading essential services is it not a lesser evil?
And regarding the evils.
Fracking is not new in the Territory so which Aboriginal communities have been damaged?
Which artesian water sources have been contaminated?
Fracking is like putting an atomic bomb down there?
We already have the mother of all debts, what are your plans to reduce it?


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: I know two families whose income has been severely hit by the Casino closure, two more who lost their jobs when gyms closed, another made part time at a local business. Unemployment is soaring throughout the nation and our town is no exception.
This is why Morrison has stepped in to support the newly unemployed.
As well, food prices are extraordinarily high which is another blow to the struggling.
But I don’t accept that Town Council employment should be supported by our very high rates.
No way! The Council should cut its cloth to the present circumstances just as the rest of us are doing.
The town has few residents from remote communities, no need to patrol the river, it is much quieter. Many ranger duties are not needed now.
$1.2m for Rangers. Is that about 15 positions?
Halve the numbers and save half a million.
Those stood down can get the government wage support.
The work gangs are out there as if nothing had changed, breaking the social distancing rules which is inevitable in a gang of workers.
Parks and Reserves $1.4m. Reduce to urgent works and save $1m.
Library $1.9m. Take away books will never work as the pandemic gathers pace.
Each book and every page would have to be cleaned to make sure it is safe.
Get a Kindle, Charlie.
Huge savings to the library budget.
I could go on and on.
Many millions could be saved and passed on to residents by way of a rate cut that will be welcomed by the growing ranks of the unemployed.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: Unemployment and underemployment is growing in our town and there is no escaping to other places for employment.
The Feds are spending huge sums to ease the burden.
In this context “small government” is not bullshit if it contributes to the national effort to take pressure off struggling families and out of work casuals.
Would you like to increase the size of the Town Council and add to the rate burden?
Improved efficiencies and downsizing the Council to cut rates would be very timely.
The Council will not do this voluntarily, they will defer rate payments but not cut the rates.
This is a completely out of touch response.
A review of Council operations and staffing is needed.
The beneficiaries are likely to be most residents.
By the way, the NT has a record debt of around $7 billion, the interest on which is $1.2m per day.


COVID-19 calls for straight answers
Irresponsible of the NT Health Minister to say that the Territory is the safest place in Australia.
Testing about one Territorian in 100 is insufficient to draw that conclusion.
Nowhere is safe and health messages should not imply otherwise.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Pseudo Guru. Agree we need a grounded discussion.
Very hard to grow the economy but we can cut costs to give residents more money to spend locally.
Start with rates.
We have a bloated town council and sky high rates.
A public review of the Council’s operation and staffing is long overdue.
Is it meeting residents’ needs? (Note the out of touch response to the Coronavirus emergency with huge job losses).
Is it overstaffed?
Are the high rates justified?
Are there alternative models that deliver better service less expensively?


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