I wrote to a council hopeful just recently, expressing my …

Comment on Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate by Ray.

I wrote to a council hopeful just recently, expressing my ideas about the river. I lived in Bundaberg, and Brisbane for many years, both cities/towns that have a river running through them. Both of these towns treated the river as just a part of life, just being there, for many years. It is only in the last 20 – 30 years that these towns really embraced the river. They looked after the banks, they cleaned them up and stopped using them as a dumping ground and beautified them. Now, as a result, they are a focal point for the community, festivals, and lifestyles. Some detractors might say, there is a big difference, the Todd River is dry. I have lived here long enough to understand the Territory attitude, and by my interpretation of that, the response would be why should a lack of water stop us.
I remember attending the Alice in 10 meetings and remember the aerial photos identifying the sacred trees, as defined by the TOs. The idea was that whatever work was done, those trees would be protected.
We have a world renowned feature here in the centre of our town. The area used for the Henly-on-Todd looks beautiful because it is used for something and it receives attention. The rest of it looks like an unkempt, untidy backyard of an abandoned house.
Cleaning it up and using the “dredged” sand to build up levee banks could mitigate the flood risk, removing the choking buffel and new, non-sacred trees further down would free up the flow, allowing peak water heights to be reduced, allowing the land adjacent to the river to be used for a multitude of activities. Preventing the restrictions down stream could protect any infrastructure that was put in place.
With well thought out manicuring of these banks, it could be a beautiful public space we all could enjoy. I remember in my recent WA holiday, seeing a couple of towns that had massive skate parks, beautifully manicured and maintained, that were on display for all, and integrated into the towns’ open spaces. Families were there enjoying BBQs whilst the kids enjoyed skate boarding. It was not in some out of the way, fenced off dimly lit area, where most kids were afraid to go. I expect responses to this to explain all the reasons it won’t work, I would rather hear how it could.

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Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate
I disagree with the statement these trees are being lost to wildfires.
These fires are normally deliberately lit, which makes them a result of a lack of respect, vandalism or arson.
There are fines under the Fire Act / Criminal Code or some such legislation that covers the lighting of bushes or trees.
Have these provisions ever been used? A lot of the time these are comfort fires lit by illegal campers. Move them out, save some trees.


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Alex, the biggest irony of your comment is you fail to see that my comment was pure sarcasm. How ironic!


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Remember that the original estimates when pushing for this was that the annual visitor numbers were going to increase by 700,000 pax per year EXTRA (not sure of the exact numbers).
So if this really comes to fruition, an extra 700,000 will certainly provide massive opportunities for the Desert park if these attractions are right next to each other, and could be the saviour of the Desert Park’s failing attraction.


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Amazing that they cannot offer a Certificate III in tourism in this town particularly.


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Bush Teacher, thank you for your comments.
I cannot offer a solution but know from genuine experience that you are 100% correct.
The young teachers come here every year to change the world.
Some stay, but many return almost in tears after seeing what it is really like.
Can’t see it changing any time soon, which is ironic as I felt the same way over 20 years ago.


Town camp drunks attack police, ignore COVID rules
Welcome back, Janine.
I have seen you and read your words many times over the last 20 years.
Although when I read them this time I was unsure if I should be content to just roll my eyes or get angry or simply scroll on past.
You have come here many times before and told all the locals where they have gone wrong, how everything we have tried is wrong, and we have simply failed to ask the right questions.
You personally, are obviously fairly new to town but once again have the answers by using terms like First Nations, the vulnerable, and any other paternalistic term you can think of.
You will discover that the people you are talking about really don’t care about the sympathy or empathy you express here.
You have been here so many times before in many different guises, telling the locals who live here how they should have been more empathetic in the first place, and how kindness will win the day, generational trauma etc etc.
My people were killed by Germans, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese, but I don’t teach my kids to hate them, nor to I get reminded that I should be traumatised when I see them.
I don’t use it as an excuse to be an ass**$e when told I need to modify my behaviour.
Before you run back to where you came from blaming everybody else for stopping your ideas from changing this part of the world, you need to understand we have heard it all before, and until we grow the balls to start dealing with these people with every power the law can provide, it will not stay the same, it will continue the downward spiral.
Your approach has been tried and has made things worse.
These are some bad people, empowered by the veil you put on them of vulnerability, knowing this gives them protection by the lawyers who are funded to defend their abhorrent behaviour time and time again, combined with the judges who are more interested in reducing incarceration rates than making the punishment fit the crime.
They can choose to live their lives in a traditional manner as over 51% of the NT is Aboriginal owned.
Instead they come into town at these town camps, and get on the grog, creating havoc for the residents who call the police.
Unfortunately the police know that doing what needs to be done could land them in all sorts of strife due to the overly cautious approach they are forced to work under.
They have become powerless punching bags because you and your previous incarnations have convinced the power brokers that they are just naughty kids that are too stupid to take responsibility for themselves.
Triggered by the sight of a uniform? What a load of PC rubbish.
Most criminals would be triggered, and so they should be, because it used to be that they would be taken to task and be made to think about their actions.
Strange how the moms and kids at these town camps are happy to call the police, and they are not triggered by them.
Do you realise we have some amazing Aboriginal officers?
Nowadays they are treated as fragile clients, who have no issue bashing the crap out of their own women and kids, undoing all the good work the real TOs and long term Aboriginal families of this area have put In.
Open your eyes and get down from your PC horse and understand that empowering these people does not mean they will bloom into a beautiful flower.
Some many turn into weeds that need to be dealt with to save the whole garden from ruin.


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