I like the idea of billing the Ayers Rock Resort …

Comment on Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen by Hal Duell.

I like the idea of billing the Ayers Rock Resort for all services provided by the NT Government.
We are subsidising a private corporation out there, but unfortunately there’s nothing new in that. And if the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement goes ahead, this subsidising will bloom into a full rort.
Non-refundable return tickets paid up front by bush visitors coming to town for specific events is an idea worth pursuing. We all know what happens when they and their children get stranded in Alice after the event is over.
For those who question this, review the aftermath of this year’s Easter Lightning Carnival.
A flood mitigation dam is one of those really good ideas that will probably only get serious consideration after the next big flood.
Didn’t Blatherskite Park get a much needed infrastructure boost in this year’s NT budget? I thought I read something to that effect. Hope so. It’s an important community asset.
And why, why bag Liz’s Transport Museum? She has created something out there that gets national (international?) recognition. Transport is central to our region. First the camel trains, then the trucks. Shot yourselves in the foot with that one, boys.
Uranium mining and fracking for gas and tourism? I can see the billboards now:
Come Visit the Red Centre
(don’t forget to bring your own water)

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Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
As Bob Durnan and Charlie Carter have pointed out, a flood mitigation dam would be of benefit to Alice, is doable provided negotiations with the TOs are entered into in good faith and any mitigation dam is not used to try to sneak in a recreation dam.
Of course nothing will save Alice in the event of a flood of biblical proportions.
However, I fear the likelihood of any dam actually being built are faint, at least in the near term. The money available today for major infrastructure is limited, and national infrastructure seems to be the focus.
With this in mind, I read with some interest the plans to now build the proposed connector pipeline from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa instead of from Alice to Moomba. This makes sense as the existing Barkly Highway could be used for access during construction instead of laying a pipe thru the Simpson Desert. It also increases the chance of a rail link between Queensland and the NT, a link that would benefit the Top End and the eastern states.
Unfortunately for us in Alice, this would further cement our status as an out-of-the-way backwater in the national scheme of things. However, if well marketed that could benefit our struggling tourist industry.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
One common trait among all the Aboriginal kids running amok in this town is that they are all, to a boy/to a girl, racist.
It’s not just Whitey copping the abuse, altho it is largely Whitey running the programs (early intervention, school lunch, etc.) trying to keep these kids from being flogged and [abused] and generally passed around before they reach puberty.
Rather it’s anyone not deemed to be Aboriginal. Hang around the front door of the supermarket in the Coles Complex and listen to the language these kids direct to the African security guards. Come inside and listen to the language directed to the largely Asian night staff.
And what are the Aboriginal organisations in Alice doing about it? Too easy – nothing.
You don’t and won’t hear the same timbre of comments coming from European kids, from Asian kids, from African kids. For openers, they are too well mannered. Also, it’s because they and their parents are too busy studying and working to build a life that works in this multifaceted society of ours.
In short, all but the Aboriginals are too busy living to put up with the losing proposition of being forever on the outside looking in while blaming that amorphous “other” for their woes. Is it really too much to ask that they pull their socks up? Everyone else has.

Ministers lash out at council over gallery
I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Locally produced hemp could replace plastic
This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.

Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
Commercial-in-confidence is such a scam. Come on councillors – I challenge any of you to grow a pair.

Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
It can be done. Read this.

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