Why shouldn’t Elders be paid for their consultancy work? Any …

Comment on Conflicting stories for Parrtjima’s lights on the hill by Peter.

Why shouldn’t Elders be paid for their consultancy work? Any other person providing professional advice in any other profession would charge a consultancy fee – and a steep one at that! $$. These Elders are constantly humbugged by Government and Organisations in Alice Springs because of their status as key owners and caretakers. Government and Org’s do not see or live the stress these Elders have to deal with that exists in the Aboriginal landscape here. These leaders are torn down and heavily criticised within this community by their own people, and also by Government or non-Aboriginal people who want them to make immediate decisions about events, festivals, land developments etc. This is why even the simplest of decisions about land or development is a major issue.

We should be applauding Apmereke-artweye Benedict Stevens and Kwertengwerles Coco and Felicity for engaging with this highly contentious process.

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Cattlemen ask: Where’s our drought aid?
All evidence points to animal agriculture as having a direct influence on increasing drought conditions.
Cattle require huge amounts of water to keep alive and noxious weeds (buffel) to feed.
What exactly are we doing running huge numbers of cattle in the desert?
Most stations are now monocultures of buffel grass or bulldust and eliminate other potential economic activity because of the sheer size of these stations.


Cattlemen ask: Where’s our drought aid?
Drought aid: reduce stock numbers.
Q for Mr Manicaros: How many litres of water per beast, per year?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Tourists have been dropping off for years.
It costs a fortune to get here, hotels charge like wounded bulls and are fit with late 70s decor, WiFi connectivity is dodgy AND you have to pay for it, there are no pools with day parties raging with dance music and cheap booze (see Bali), our national parks are full of cattle and buffel grass that breed up the fly-swarms, lack of tourism products coupled with often poor customer service in retail, and social issues and safety act as a deterrent.
Is the closure of The Rock climb or gate entry price hikes really causal to our tourism woes? In the big scheme of things, likely not.


Council cemetery: Seven years of planning, no conclusive result
Sad to see the state of the Memorial Ave Cemetery. Un-kept and decrepit, no shade or space for people to hide from the sun… Something needs to be done.
Can’t the town council at least manage the weeds and prickles so one can walk through without getting a 4 inch burr through their shoe?


How hard is it to keep cattle out of a small conservation reserve?
Parks and Wildlife are merely concerned about Tourism numbers, economics, encouraging small tourism enterprise, cleaning bbq’s etc yet they present visitors with Parks that are overrun with cattle, buffel grass and noxious weeds, destroyed by wild fire and feral and invasive species… What tourist or day to day punter from Alice wants to see parks with no conservation values, nor activities taking place?
“Hey tourists, come check out our beautiful reserves, full of the Territories’ own 3 meter high buffel grass clusters and feral cats the size of adult lions!”


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