“Tom” needs to brush up on his comprehension of the …

Comment on Four more years of same-same by Erwin Chlanda.

“Tom” needs to brush up on his comprehension of the words Communist and Green.
The Alice Springs News Online has a proud record of independence from government and political party influence. We have reported on, or commented about, significant issues of economic development while the council presided for 10 years over the slide of Alice Springs towards being a welfare town.
The council only had to look down the road at the Port Augusta Solution, reported by us in detail, to see what a resolute local government can achieve.
Here are some initiatives we covered which the council could either take or have a powerful influence in making a reality:-
• Move the garbage dump from the centre of the municipality whilst leaving the transfer station and the recycling centre in their present location.
• Replace the pungent sewerage plant with a recycling facility that would fit into a tiny fraction of the two square kilometres taken up at the moment. This would stop the stench and the flagrant waste of billions of litres of water each year. Use the land, unencumbered by native title, between two beautiful ranges, for a string of purposes including residential or tourism real estate and recreation.
• Open up the magnificent gullys in the southern flank of the MacDonnell Range in the municipality for locals and visitors, keeping the latter in town for a much longer time than mostly just transiting to The Rock. The first (eastern-most) gully is a few minutes’ walk from the tourism precinct, currently blocked by the dump.
• Pressure the NT Government to expand and improve tourism facilities in the East and West MacDonnell so the region’s biggest private enterprise industry can begin to flourish again.
• Do something meaningful about preventing floods in the Todd that can kill many people and devastate the town’s centre, while at the same time, in collaboration with traditional owners, creating an amenity for locals and tourists.
“Tom” would have found all that and more in our seven million word online archive had he bothered to check.
Meanwhile in our quarter of century of publication we have created for our readers (20,931 in the month to August 3, for example) a platform for civilised public debate, having published 15,054 moderated readers’ comments since August 11, 2011, including of course that of “Tom”.
By the way, the victorious conservative councillor Jacinta Price is a woman and will possibly be the only woman on council. It’s interesting that “Tom” assumes she is a man, even despite her unmistakably feminine first name, reflective of his entrenched worldview, perhaps?
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.

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Many tanks for your comment, Domenico.
We’re happy to provide you access to our photo archive and publish comparative photos you may like to supply.
More interesting than the 2018 report you refer to would be the report currently being prepared about the fires last summer. As we reported it is still incomplete and when finished, will be withheld from the public.
You state: “I’m not sure that water-bombing aircraft would be very useful in fighting our type of (scrub)fires, outside of the immediate urban area.”
The expert we spoke with had no doubt about that – see one of our earlier our reports about the subject.
When you have clarity about that question please let us and our readers know.
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