As Steve (Posted November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am) says, …

Comment on $500m university, ‘techno’ plans for Desert Knowledge by Bob Durnan.

As Steve (Posted November 22, 2014 at 11:00 am) says, “at first glance this project seems a little out there, but new industries always start with someone’s dream, someone’s belief.”
However, it is also a bit “out there” to make a helter-skelter attack on Scott McConnell’s very moderate, well considered and sensible observations about the proposals (Posted November 22, 2014 at 9:28 am).
Whatever happened to our capacity for conducting civil discussion of public issues? It seems to have been subject to attempted homicide, in this case, by attack and battery, using exclamation marks.
(By the way, I didn’t actually think that Scott was “placing as many obstacles as possible in the way of those who have the will and imagination to achieve something”, and from what I have seen that has never been his habit; far from it – he is somebody who is firmly anchored in reality).
Scott’s main point was about the need for a “level playing field”, so that all contenders – especially local ones – can receive fair and equal treatment; an issue about which the Browns have been justifiably vociferous many times in the recent past.
As Scott said: “The precinct is a public asset, albeit with caveats and limitations, but if commercial opportunities are going to be explored, when will these opportunities become publicly known?
When can other commercial operators have their proposals competitively assessed against a known criteria?”
I presume that you would support the need for Adam Giles to answer these questions, Steve, now that you have had time to calm down a little?

Recent Comments by Bob Durnan

Gallery business case slap in the face of custodians
Wrong again Matthew Langan (Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm).
It was actually “big knob socialist flogs” from the CLP who talked up and used government funds to build the Desert Park, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Strehlow Museum.
If you have complaints about those places and their costs to the public purse, go talk to the conservatives. Nothing to do with the Labor mob.
The CLP under both Adam Giles and Gary Higgins has indicated it would also support a new National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.


Architect of Katherine’s masterplan to be Alice council CEO
James (Posted June 6, 2019 at 8:14 am): How many parks in Alice Springs commemorate Aboriginal leaders or dignitaries?
Nothing against Father Smith, but couldn’t we consider looking collectively at setting some priorities before rushing in to barrack for our favourite project?


Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 
Conservative (posted May 1, 2019 at 9:19 am): what do you mean by ‘props to Erwin’? Stage ‘props’? It doesn’t make sense.


Road toll drops by half
Like InterestedDarwinObserver, I think Assistant Commissioner Beer’s claim is a somewhat questionable one.
Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.


Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.


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