I can only agree with Scott McConnell’s hope for an …

Comment on Scott McConnell now to vote as an Independent by Domenico Pecorari.

I can only agree with Scott McConnell’s hope for an “economically equitable, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive Territory,” to which I would humbly add “culturally vibrant”.
The Alice Springs Town Council is proceeding with the development of an Alice Springs Master Plan, a vision for the town and the Central Australian region.
We need more people like you, Scott, who can look beyond what’s in it for themselves and focus on what is beneficial to the whole community.
I for one would like to wish you good luck in your new role and look forward to your contributions in developing a better future for all Territorians.

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How disappointing to read the comments posted by Peter Wilkins, Davo and IDO, all of whom have stated classic arguments of climate change deniers, all of which have been discounted by the science. It is because of your stubborn scepticism that our youngsters have to march in the streets to have their concerns heard. Good on our students, I say, and on their informed parents.

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It seems to me that some of our more thin-skinned councillors need to focus less upon their hurt feelings and read more.
As Tim Flannery writes, only today, in his opinion piece in The Conversation: “Many climate scientists think we are already so far down the path of destruction that it is impossible to stabilise the global temperature at 1.5℃ above the pre-industrial average without yet to be developed drawdown technologies such as those that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. On current trends, within a decade or so, stabilising at 2℃ will likewise be beyond our grasp.
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