Good to have you speaking out about these kind of …

Comment on Stop Easter footy carnival in Alice: Liddle by Steve Brown.

Good to have you speaking out about these kind of issues Michael.
I am very aware that many residents are also very concerned. However I think that we shouldn’t act to hastily or at least not before trying to arrive at a solution that suits everyone.
We need to keep in mind that most people who come to town to support their footy team and enjoy the carnival, doing the right thing. Not everybody is engaging in anti-social behaviour! For many it’s the highlight of the year, it would be a real shame and a wrong message to punish them because of the actions of a few.
I believe the carnival is a very important community inclusion event, although I agree, as was pointed out to me last night by a constituent, it is having precisely the opposite effect at the moment.
The town’s growing discontent over the carnival centers around behavior, which is mostly confined to those “accompanying” footy teams, not the players themselves.
Instead of canning the entire event I think we should first attempt to deal with the coinciding anti social behavior s much like happens with fanatical soccer fans in Europe.
Make the teams themselves responsible for the behavior of their fans, followers from their community. If they are caught misbehaving by police or even afterwards by CCTV it should lead to a loss of points, eviction from the comp or suspension from entering for that particular community, obviously penalties depending on severity of the misbehavior.
This ruling should be enforced mercilessly and should be accompanied by public education campaign with heavy advertising campaigns by the likes of Imparja and CAAMA Radio.
The CAAFL should also be heavily involved with football players travelling to participating communities and running educational classes in conjunction with the local schools, teaching town ready life skills and behavioral expectations when going to town along with of course the dire warnings of what will happen to their local team if they’re let down by fellow community members’ misbehavior.
This kind of education would not only serve to bring into line behavior around the carnival it would also give children and for that matter other community members very useful life skills that will serve them well in their owns lives, as well as taking a huge step towards lessening the divide / cultural gap between town and bush.
I think that if the communities get behind this concept, particularly CAAFL and the players, we can make it work for everybody.
So let’s give it a go before we slam the door shut, deepening the divide and creating issues that are never going to go away without this kind of effort.

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Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


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Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


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@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


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Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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