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

CLP would build gallery at Desert Park, not Anzac precinct
The national Aboriginal art gallery needs to be built at Desert Knowledge Precinct in line with the request of traditional owners. The national Aboriginal cultural centre can also be built. Desert People’s Centre is already there. Plenty of parking, great cafe already on-site.


Way forward for nation-building projects – south of the Gap
Such a well-argued position. It really is time that NT Government and Alice Springs Town Council came together to fully support this notion and get the job done!
Already millions of dollars have been wasted in the tit-for-tat spats over the past three years.
A valuable infrastructure asset (Anzac Hill High) school demolished for no net gain. Money wasted on the consultative process that was not heeded anyway. Divisive politics and over-inflated egos have ruled this project since its inception and design.
The Desert Knowledge Precinct is a wonderful location and, it would appear, culturally sensitive and appropriate.
I wonder what will happen to this project after 22nd August?


Slash and burn at CDU: Alice loses out
Oh, Mr Hart … what a mess!!!


Alice after COVID: Recovery needs to be a team effort
Very comprehensive, considered and well reasoned responses from Neil. He has given so much back to this community over his lifetime and has excellent perspectives on how this town operates.
Neil understands that we need a whole-of-community buy-in to support each other and help us thrive in a new global environment.
If we can leave behind the need for greed mentality, that would be a good thing for humanity. If this health threat has reminded us of one thing, it’s the power of good will and friendships.
I was once told that I “would never have a lot of money … but I would always have enough”.
That was over 40 years ago and it has certainly proven to be the case. There were times when I had enough for a Vegemite sandwich and others when I had enough to fly around the planet in Business Class (with a First Class up-grade from Singapore to London).
Enough is relative. Many of us have enough … we just forget to remember or acknowledge it.
I certainly hope many of us do take this opportunity to reflect and reset.
The current situation has allowed us to take a look at where we’ve come from and where we’d like to head into the future.
Much of what was can be left there … in the past.
We now have opportunity to evolve some real 2020 vision (a convenient year to do so) about where we would like this town, region and her people to be by 2050 and beyond.
Thanks again for your considered views, Neil.
Your continuing community contributions are very welcome and acknowledged.


Ask Pine Gap for help to stop breach of COVID rules: Lambley
Great idea, Robyn.
It makes good sense to utilise whatever technology we have at our disposal to help counter this World War ‘C’ influence around our jurisdiction.
Whilst the NT Government, NGOs and safe-minded people have been able to (so far) minimise the contagion spread, communal transmission would be devastating to our most vulnerable Territorians (aged, infirm, homeless, those with chronic health conditions, living in economic and social poverty) if it were to occur.
We must, in a whole-of-community response, do everything within our collective power to halt the spread and mitigate the collateral damage as best we can.
Thanks for the idea, Robyn.


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