@ Phantom. It is not for the students to suggest …

Comment on Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action by Domenico Pecorari.

@ Phantom. It is not for the students to suggest the “alternatives”, as these are already well publicised in the media and evident by the many, many examples within Australia and overseas.
Think photo voltaics, storage batteries, wind turbines, Snowey Mk 2 hydro, etc.
The purpose of the protest was to state their demands loud and clear:
• Stop Adani and no more new coal mines.
• “No” to Fracking.
• 100% Renewables by 2030.
All of this analysts better than me say is possible, with government will.
I applaud the students and their supportive parents and remind everyone of the role that active protest has played in shaping the Australia we enjoy today.
Perhaps you should come to the next protest and, if you wish, wear your mask.

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Minister Moss defends heritage record
I stand by my belief that the NT Heritage Act 2011 is not worth the paper it is written on. My response to the minister is that:
i. “Social value” is not entirely included in criterion (g), as claimed by the Minister, since it relates to “a particular community or cultural group”. Would the opinion of the general community count? I’d say not, if the recent decision against listing the Coles mural is any indication.
ii. That the Walk-In Theatre and Kenna Residence (YHA, Parsons Street) are “provisionally declared” is not reflected in the NT Heritage Register website, which shows their status as “Not Recommended”; and
iii. Although many of the threatened heritage places were indeed nominated under the previous Act, ministerial decisions not to declare them date to late 2013, well after the passing of the present Act.
Although these places could indeed be re-nominated under the 5-year rule, recent ministerial decisions would suggest they would be un-successful, thereby giving owners another 5-year window in which to legally demolish their buildings.
Any casual glance at which nominations have been successful over recent years suggests that heritage-listing is only for places and objects of little or no commercial value and that listing of our larger, more significant buildings, particularly those in our CBD, can be vetoed by the building owner, with a little co-operation from the Minister.
It does indeed seem that there is little that can stand up to a developer’s “right” to make a quick quid, even if it will hurt our town’s local economy in the long run.

Sacred sites authority mum on Melanka trees
@ James. Ha ha. Given today’s political climate, I dare say you would do very well in the upcoming elections.

Sacred sites authority mum on Melanka trees
On a more serious note: I find it hard to understand why mature trees are continuing to be cut down anywhere in this town, particularly following the loss of nearly 2000, or 5%, of street and park trees due to the hotter, more prolonged summer of last year.
That figure would certainly be much higher if you include losses in home gardens.
I’d like to think that the increasing difficulty in planting new trees, as can be seen by Alice Springs Town council’s efforts along Palm Circuit, would see us trying to keep every mature tree we have.
Our “business as usual” attitude to trees needs changing.
The de-greening of our town’s centre will come to affect us all if we don’t begin valuing trees and their contribution to a town’s liveability.

Sacred sites authority mum on Melanka trees
@ James: Your comment brings to mind that famous quote attributed to the Friends of Voltaire, but I believe Oscar Wilde’s take on that quote is more appropriate in your case, that being: “I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”

Former Anzac Hill High School: time to take stock
@ Evelyne.
Alex Nelson, Mike Gillam and I are holding a snap Public Meeting at the main gates to the Anzac Hill High School between 7:30 and 8:15 tomorrow morning, Monday 21st October, at which time we will have a public burning of the NT Heritage Act, which I believe is not worth the paper it is written on.
We ask all interested readers to come along and show support for our town’s heritage places, many of which are currently un-protected and may be legally demolished.
Places such as the Walk-In Theatre and Kenna Residence (YHA); the Old Riverside Hotel (Todd Tavern); the former Wallis Fogarty Store (Alice Travel and Cruise): and the Coles Mural, all of which have been nominated for heritage listing but have been rejected by the minister due to objections raised by the building owners.
We are being served poorly by our government legislators and the departments that are charged with looking after our heritage places.
If you also feel that the time to act has come, we look forward to seeing you there.

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