Delighted to have been able to attend this very moving …

Comment on Flag on the Hill: When No became Yes by Phil Walcott.

Delighted to have been able to attend this very moving occasion for the people of Alice Springs and Central Australia. What binds us together, makes us stronger.
Congratulations to those enlightened elected members (former and current) of Alice Springs Town Council whose passion and vision finally became a reality today. I remember the first time I visited Anzac Hill (almost 25 years ago) and asked the question: “Where is the Aboriginal flag”?
Technical issues aside, it finally flew proudly against the backdrop of our great town and a crisp blue winter sky.
May it continue to fly proudly on ceremonial occasions long into the future. Who knows … the enlightened elected members may some day agree that it should fly permanently for us all to be proud of.
A vote of thanks to Tangentyere Council for the lift up “The Hill”. Much appreciated.

Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

Between the sun and the moon, the spirit of David Nixon
So many thanks for being, Dave Nixon.

We met first at one of the infamous Piggy (Bacon) Street parties some 25 years ago where I shared with Cheryl, Neen and Lyndalee. You and Jo rocked up to the gig adding your own brightness to the shenanigans. Filled with a love of life and a sense of great humour, you both impressed this recently arrived ‘blow in’ from Sydney as two special spirits whose impacts were yet to be revealed.

Over the ensuing quarter century (BK – before kids), our connection grew into a friendship that would evolve over time. Your mutual connection with what grew into being the Alice Springs Beanie Festival was a joy to behold. I witnessed your strong passion for the people of this wonderful town and her environs.

I observed your passion for story-telling and the ways in which you sought to share that with so many. The ‘Story Wall’ project on the Adelaide House lawns, your connection with and capturing of the local Heritage Festival, your commitment to Jo’s tilt to be elected to the NT Legislative Assembly were just some of your many contributions to our town and region.

Your substantial dedication to me in my attempts to be elected to the NT Legislative Assembly in 2012 and 2016 are also acknowledged. Your guidance and input allowed me to better understand the process. Your direction provided my campaign with some energy and perspective.

You created quite an indelible impact on our town, Dave. You have left an endearing legacy. Alice will be forever grateful for all that as you helped to forge her past, present & future. She will be forever blessed because of your being…my loving thanks to you, Monty, Tom, Nellie, Jo and Franca for being who you were and who you are.

Phil XX


Real young people, not the faceless offender
Many thanks, Rainer … shared on the www.yesnt.org site.


Real young people, not the faceless offender
@ Psuedo Guru. Discipline comes from within; not imposed. That’s called punishment.
@ The Gongoozler. “Normal” is a relative concept. What may be “normal” to you may not be to someone else.


Former Alice youth advocate gets Oz Day honour
Huge congratulations on an award so very much deserved, Bernie. May your good work keep flowing long into the future.


Real young people, not the faceless offender
Great story shared, Rainer. You have inherited your mother’s gift for writing with passion and conviction.

Thanks for inviting us readers in for a glimpse of how being ‘on country’ can be so empowering for young Aboriginal people. A connection to culture that is sorely missing in the constructed, urban environment. Aboriginal people clearly see and experience the world through a different lens to that of the ‘coloniser’.

You are a young man with huge reference to humanity and cultural well-being. You are clearly an integral part of the positive future solutions for the young people with whom you work.

Congratulations for your insight, understanding and enlightening stories.

I’ll share this through the social media networks available on this site. Would you mind if I also added this story to my www.yesnt.org page and the YES Facebook pages?


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