@ Harold and Peter: I’m happy to discuss rates anywhere, …

Comment on Price wants council to do better than basics by Steve Brown.

@ Harold and Peter: I’m happy to discuss rates anywhere, anytime. My number is widely published, maybe write a letter to the editor, I’m happy to take the issue up in that forum.
In the meantime we have to elect two new councilors. I would respectfully ask you to give Jacinta Price and all that she represents a fair hearing.

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Price wants council to do better than basics
@ Dave: Rates will necessarily go up in keeping with CPI. While councillors would love to keep the rises to CPI we are continually forced to deal with cost shifting from Federal and Territory Governments. For instance, we are currently facing a hefty increase foisted on council by PAWA, offloading completely unexplained costs for the provision of street lighting.
Keep in mind that every one hundred thousand dollars of increased spending equates to a 1% rate rise, so if we were to pass this cost on in full it would amount to a rate rise of some multiple %! And that’s before CPI!
Given that council has had to deal with a large reduction in grant funding and a number of unexpected cost increases from PAWA over the past few years, I think we’ve done a pretty good job of absorbing those costs through savings on existing spending! As we will again on this occasion.
You can rely on councillors going all out to keep rate increases as close to CPI as is possible without putting your community asset, the ASTC, at risk.
Dave, I am a small businessman running a small electrical contracting business. I am also from a very large local family many of whom are involved in local businesses, large and small.
There’s not too many around that would have a better grasp of what’s happening on the ground than myself!
Further, to suggest that councillors are receiving payments, snout in trough, regardless of what’s happening in the local economy is ignorant and insulting.
Councillors get paid somewhere around $14,000 per year, which mate, is a tiny fraction of what I would earn if I were to remain at work instead of attending to council business!
Nor does it equate to anything like the amount of damage I do my business by not being in attendance because I am in one way or another involved at council.
Just recently I have taken on the Deputy Mayor role which pays quite a bit more [happy to give the figure when I check it] but the workload is many times heavier. Check out my monthly report, it’s on the record.
So have a gripe, we all do, but be fair and maybe just once in a while come up with, or do something useful to help your community yourself! I didn’t see any Daves among the list of candidates.


Price wants council to do better than basics
@ Peter: In Council individuals don’t get to have “spending programs” all spending, after considerable discussion, is approved by majority vote in fact more often than not by unanimous vote.
Individuals running as candidates should be judged on their local awareness understanding of where we have come from and where we should be going as a community, their intellect, energy and passion, their ability to work with others and of course whether they are regressive in intent on a return to the stone age or progressives looking to create or facilitate new jobs, industries a healthy level of growth creating opportunities for both ourselves and our children. Jacinta and her family have demonstrated over the years fierce commitment and passion to progressing our community, that would make Jacinta an excellent candidate. If you agree give Jacinta your vote next Saturday.


Price wants council to do better than basics
What a bunch of grouchy narks! Is there anyone of you who can stop winging long enough to give some thought to just what a enormous asset to Council Jacinta would be if elected?
The discussion around funding to the arts versus sports and other community activities often comes up at council.
It’s not about spending more its about balancing what we already spend. I am absolutely certain that Jacinta would bring a new and interesting perspective to the discussion.
I’ve just finished reading another extraordinary speech from Jacinta’s mother Bess Price that Jacinta, deservedly proud, has posted to her Facebook Page.
Do yourselves a favor, read it. Gain a little understanding of just how important the likes of Jacinta are to our town’s future and get behind her campaign!


Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
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!


Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
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?


Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ 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”!


‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
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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