As I have been talking to people in town about …

Comment on Price wants council to do better than basics by Fred the Philistine.

As I have been talking to people in town about their opinion on the council elections, they are going to get their name crossed off the electoral roll.
Their concern is there is no-one worthy of voting for, and my comment was I agree: If this town is going to prosper we need industry and a more responsible council.

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Price wants council to do better than basics
@ Evelyn: If I was I the council, the first thing I would do is make sure that the correct rates get sent out.
This would save the rate payer $7K. Why are suddenly putting in wheel chair access on footpaths on Hartley and Gregory Streets, when this should have been done 20 years ago or when the original footpaths were laid.
We need to look how we can work smarter without having to increase rates.
People are leaving the town, not only because of job insecurity, but because the cost of living, e.g. rents, housing, etc.
The footpath corners are like an obstacale course. Having said that, there seems to be a lot of parking around the council chambers, how about making some more parking spaces around the town?
I might be ignorant, but I am not blind. As I walk my dog every morning around the town centre, I notice the very poor facilities.

Price wants council to do better than basics
@ Jacinta: I do not care if you are indigenous, an African, an Australian or what ever nationality, the issue here is that we need people in coucil who are going to work for the people.
You need to listen to what the people want, take the critisism as a positive and work on it.
Listen to the people who are paying the rates and living in this town.
If you continue to take this attitude you are not going to last long in council. We need to develop industry in this town for it to prosper.

Price wants council to do better than basics
@ Harold: This year council rates rose 6%, the values have fallen 5% but this has not been addressed.
If council do not waste money like issuing the wrong rates there would be no need to raise rates.
After seeing the fiasco with the last rates, one wonders about the council’s competency, if they can’t get the rates right.

Recent Comments by Fred the Philistine

Did Wilfred and Gisela Thor have to die?
I agree with Baffel. Tourists should be more responsible, however, we need to take more precautions as well.
Having emergency packs in hire vehicles (like a knapsack with water, tourch, flares, space blanket, hydralite tablets etc).
Also on hot days, the rangers should be checking the car parks every afternoon at 4.00pm. If cars are still there he should then go and look along the track.
There needs to be more signage. Like all the parks around Alice Springs, the facilities and the signage are very poor.

Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
What a total waste of money this is going to be. NT Govt is already $875M deficit in the budget. By the way, who is going to run the so called cultural centre?

If it is going to be built on the Melankas site, what about the sacred trees, or aren’t they sacred anymore?

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The fairest thing is to send them back to their own country and let them come in through the proper channels like the migrants in the 1950s to 1960s had to do.

Four lanes through Gap: Does Alice need them?
You are all missing the point. This town is a service town for the Indigenous.
People only come here for the work. If this town did not have social security moneys, this town would be even smaller. There is nothing here to attract people except for work.
You also have people who take advantage of the Indigenous, e.g. taxi drivers. This town is controlled by very few people.
What annoys me is the police at the bottle shops. This should be funded by the bottle shops themselves. Why should the tax payers pay for it?
Take the social moneys and the government grants out of this town and see what you’ve got.
A four lane highway through The Gap should have been built in the beginning.
Things here have been done so slovenly, but have made alot of people rich. There is no town planning in this town.
Maybe we need to get someone like Donald Trump to kick some arses and sack a few councillors and employ some who will get the job done.

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Well said, Mabel.

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