Hi Erwin, I wasn’t critiquing your comments policy in this …

Comment on Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen by Edan Baxter.

Hi Erwin, I wasn’t critiquing your comments policy in this instance. Ultimately you are free to manage it as you choose as it is your business.
I was suggesting that it would be a good idea to regularly invite an Alice identity or organisation to contribute a list of 10 things that they think will make an improvement to the Alice and the NT.
I know this is done in the form of interviews by AS News Online from time to time, but having a regular contribution in a simple list format could be an accessible way for particular ideas to gather momentum … or be put to bed once and for all.
I mention that “if it didn’t work you could file it under entertainment” as too often (good) ideas fail to survive the debate due to distractions by the clearly divisive ideas. I think this is a shame and it’d be great to see if the intelligent contributors to ASNEWS Online could get a better strike-rate re discussion to positive outcomes.
For example, will any of the (good) ideas here get momentum and go somewhere? Which politicians have put their hand up to help develop the (good) ideas further?
Divisive issues to one side, if these guys have 40 politically unaffiliated business operators as backers, I’m keen to hear more of their position to manage the influx of visitors during large town events like the football carnival et al.
It would be a great time to try and get an intelligent town position on this, especially given that there is a dedicated taskforce on the case and resources in the mix.

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Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
So there are roughly a dozen ideas put forward here.
Be good to hear from other Alice identities of different economic sectors, different political affiliations etc re their top 10 or so priorities for a better Alice.
Erwin, perhaps it could be a new series for the Alice Springs News Online? There might even be some ideas that emerge as agreeable for everyone?
Yes, this is actually a serious idea. But if it does get too out of hand, you could file it under a new AS NEWS entertainment section?


Recent Comments by Edan Baxter

Is the Stuart statue next?
Guns aside, so many loaded sentences in this letter Hal.
Why are so many contributers to the discussions about this artwork so quick to recast the narrative (past and present) so simplisticly?
Contemporary Central Australia should hold the line and continue to aspire to better story telling about this matter.
Undoubtedly, the Stuart Statue remains arguably one of the most important pieces of public art to be installed in our region – and it is important to remember that those in the community who spoke out in varying degrees of disappointment about the 2010 installation (i.e. originally planned for the town council lawns), were from many different backgrounds and perspectives, and contributed to the public debate about this artwork intelligently and in a dignified manner.
As regards the relevant international developments to which you refer (and Stan Grant’s local contextualization), all I have heard “on cue” are lightweight puff pieces in mainstream media (looking at you NT News) and the usual conservative hyperventilators who more often than not, are missing the point.


Four more years of same-same
So much discombobulation amongst the Alice Springs News commentariat at the moment.
Anyone would think that conservatives lost this election they way most of you are all carrying on.


It’s all in a weekend’s work for nerds
For interested readers there is a full list of all the projects at this url:
https://2017.hackerspace.govhack.org/projects
Just filter by “NT” or “Alice Springs” or “Darwin”.
If you are a business or organisation interested in furthering the development of any of the protoype concepts, please get in touch with the respective team leaders.


Call for regional ministry in wake of police fiasco
What could the realistic fiscal cost/saving be? A few staff salaries and related costs? Doesn’t make sense!
Let us hope this is an early stuff-up and an apology and corrective response is forthcoming.
Anyway, this surely signals that the new government’s honeymoon period is over.


Skywalk Budget item could be game changer for Alice
Very kind of you to mention me in this visionary (pun intended) piece Erwin – although I could have sworn I told you recently I was keeping a low profile on the politiking front!
Anyway I’ll take a piece of the wild dog bait for the sake of the story.
Whilst I concur with the vibe “it is an exciting time to be a Centralian”, I would encourage voters (in Araluen in particular) to keep an open mind about the promises and commitments (and lack thereof) made during this extended election campaign.
Further, (and I don’t want to rain on this feel-good skywalk story too much), readers should know that whilst digital technology has great potential, you’re still going to need to need to work intelligently with AAPA, Councils, Parks, TOs et al to get things done. Believe it or not they do all actually exist to perform what should / could be a valued function in the governance affairs (and distribution of powers) in the NT. A high quality, high traffic skywalk without signage, protective railings or viewing platforms is not possible otherwise, no matter how good the supporting digital app technology.
Don’t get me wrong I do surely find entertaining the image of Steve Brown, atop Mt Gillen, cutting through a giant piece of red tape. But for me personally I’ll be storing this one in my scrapbook of glossy info-graphics and filing under “Alice Springs News classic hits” for now.
I look forward to learning more about this and other budget allocations (from all parties and other candidates) in coming weeks.


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