Thanks Rainer for such a well considered and compassionate observation …

Comment on Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance by Pip McManus.

Thanks Rainer for such a well considered and compassionate observation of the issues underlying youth disaffection and crime in our town. Every child needs a resourceful and caring adult, preferably family, to look out for them – every day. A starting point for this government would be to devote more energy and resources into assisting responsible kin to provide the basic needs of food and safety.

Recent Comments by Pip McManus

The elusive goal of deep shade in Alice
Chiara, I could not agree more re we residents taking on a more proactive role around individual trees located near where we live, which may be heat stressed.
It’s not entirely up to the council, but a formal policy which encourages locals to adopt trees in their street and report to council trees which are suffering could make a big difference.
No argument either with Alex’s report on critically low water table. A more calculated use of sprinklers (capture run off in sunken gardens and sloping banks) can create concentrated areas of cooling greenery – mini oasis in strategically located sites.

The elusive goal of deep shade in Alice
Good to hear I am not the only Alice local worrying for the health of existing trees this summer.
After finally managing to meet with relevant DIPL staff today I can report that the CBD revitalisation plan does include shade structures and new tree plantings for major exposed streets in the CBD.
Beyond that there is little detail available at this stage and no indication of developing new shady parklands.

Gallery business case: still no answers to the big questions
Could not agree more Kieran.
Especially in light of the latest Braitling Brief from Dale Wakefield which I received yesterday.
Not only does it talk about the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs as a fait accompli, it makes absurdly (in my view) unrealistic forecasts as to the money it will deliver, and fails to mention that the commissioned business case cost a quarter of a million dollars (while providing very little new information and with no reference as to the possible impact on the Araluen Arts Precinct).
Oh, and this media release notes: “In August we released the independent business case for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, prepared by Ernst and Young”.
Independent of whose interests precisely?
Not to mention their spelling of “Mbantua”.
Include this as a phonetic guide – yes certainly, but why not use the Arrernte orthography?

The eternal chase: songlines of the Seven Sisters
Having spent time recently at this luminary exhibition, I can affirm that Kieran’s article succeeds in a wonderfully evocative way to convey both the narrrative grandeur and troubled sexual entanglements of the Kungkarangkalpa exhibition.
An ancient cautionary tale that indeed resonates just as strongly across cultures today.

Extreme variability: local climate change right now
Excellent article Kieran. As someone who has lived here for more than three decades the altered landscape, both literally (oceans of buffel grass, plagues of grasshoppers),and evidentially (rainfall and temperature records) is beyond arguing about. Hell may freeze over in the long run, Mr Bell, but much sooner and more likely, the frogs who insist on staying in the pot of simmering water will be unable to jump out or turn the gas off.

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