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The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011



The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 64 no. 16

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6 Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 15, 2011 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 6 C O L O R : C M Y K OPINION ALICE BY NUMBERS 1 The number of black hair ties left unclaimed for the past three months at the Alice Springs Police Station 113 The number of youth activities taking place over four weeks of school holidays from June 27 to July 22 1928 The year the Aerial Medical Service began. By 1955 the service had been re-named the Royal Flying Doctor Service PoetsCorner Do you have a short poem you wish to submit? Send it to: ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au In the soft light of dawn by Michael Giacometti After Rod Mosss Anthropology: being themselves, 1994 This oblivious kiss arouses the dragon; my nature I slay. with Stewart Baillie5minutesIT Coordinator, Ngaanyatjarra Health Stewart Baillie, ICT Coordinator for a remote area health service. Where were you born? In the deep south of the USA. My parents are Australian though. How long have you lived in Alice Springs? To my surprise, its nine years now. What do you think is the best thing about Alice Springs? Its vibrant sense of community and local identity. And I love that we feature on the national weather maps. And the worst? Its a transient town and your best friends keep moving on. The flip side is you keep meeting new great friends. Do you have a favourite colour? It changes over time. I love the reds and ochres of the outback. What is your favourite type of music? Sitting by an open fire with a pint of Guinness in a Galway pub listening to live Celtic folk. The ambience is as important as the music. What was your first job? Trades assistant in mines during Uni breaks. What is your dream destination? Im more for acting than dreaming. Theres whole continents Ive yet to explore Africa and South America although I love the diversity and accessibility of our South East Asian neighbours. Who is your hero? I dont have particular hero. Im often impressed by heroic acts undertaken by everyday people. What do you do when you are under pressure? Become narky and irritated and then hopefully focus and drop the lesser stuff. What is your favourite food? Another impossible question. Good food is the most reliable pleasure. Beer or wine? Coopers Pale and Guinness are both much appreciated. Wine more so with food. Who is the one person you respect and would like to meet in life? Hm, I dont particularly want to meet anyone but respect many who work for our greater good such as the Dalai Lama or Barack Obama. What traits do you most value in people? Forgiveness and authenticity. Water trumps power So many of the comments on the coming carbon tax seem to be avoiding the main point of the exercise. We are taxing carbon precisely so it will increase the cost of producing carbongenerated electricity. Some of that increase will inevitably get passed on to us, the consumer. Thats why our PM is so busy spruiking the rebates. It also explains the whingeing. But with the increase, the gap between carbon-based and renewable-based power will start to close. Then, and it seems only then, will corporations and their shareholders see economic sense in investing the dollars necessary to develop a truly sustainable source of energy. In a populous and power-hungry world, the economic benefits waiting for whoever is bold enough to do this are immense. This is not to suggest that there arent vast carbon resources still available. Here in the Centre there is new excitement surrounding a huge Simpson Desert coal field. But do we really want to develop it? Getting that coal out of there, whether as solid, liquid or gas, will use volumes of our scarce water. And in any rational discussion, water trumps power every time. Life comes to a stop without it. It might also pay us to remember that the Stone Age didnt run out of stones. Instead a new and superior technology, bronze, was adopted by our ancestors because it offered them and their descendants a better future. There would have been whinging then too. Consider the poor Neanderthal who had his fortune invested in the local flint quarry. He too would have felt hard done by when asked to change. But change they did and humanity advanced. Do we really want to be the first human age to wilfully, stubbornly and short-sightedly leave our descendants a poorer future than the one bequeathed to us? Hal Duell Alice Springs Where to draw the line The Centralian Advocate appropriately drew attention to the dangers of Kronic, the synthetic form of cannabis, in the article Kronic ban affects Alice (July 8). However, I believe that Wickings cartoon in the same edition trivialised a very serious matter by suggesting that the banning of Kronic was a further infringement on peoples rights, when the use of Kronic appears a very serious health matter. Subsequently, the following week (July 12), Wicking again seems to make light of a serious health issue, with one of the characters commenting to the other character who is holding a cigarette of some description that: Ill have what youre having with the insinuation he is smoking a mindaltering substance. Substance misuse is a serious matter in the Territory, and nationally, and should be treated as such by all of us. I wonder where the editorial line is drawn in relation to what could be deemed as sending the wrong message to the community, even if it is through the medium of humour? Jonathan Pilbrow Alice Springs No incentive for a public service Letters to the Editor PO BOX 2254, 2 GAP ROAD, ALICE SPRINGS FAX: 8950 9740 ceneditorial@aliceadvocate.com.au As a man in his mid 40s its hard to get work as a rehabilitating person with no teeth, so in my spare time I walk the streets for cans and bottles for the 5 cent recycling offer. At the start of 2011, the Advocate and TV had advertisements for 10 cents per can, bottle, etc for the start of July. This increase has not happened. I would like to know why, when the council was just granted $300,000 for the scheme. We have a 500 containers per person per day limit when the depot is only open two days a week. For a 500 limit the depot needs to be open five to six days a week or only two days with no limits (on the number of containers a person can bring in). Just walking, I can collect 500 in one hour. For a recycling scheme its a bit sad and gives no incentive to recycle. The citizens of Alice keep cans for me to pick up once a week which is an encouraging community effort and just the comments from citizens and tourists are so appreciative and make me feel like I am doing something for the community. Has the 10 cent limit stayed down so the council are still making an extra 5 cents? Please consider raising the 500 can limit or open five to six days per week. I would like to hear an honest reply. Thank you, Chris Lorenzetti Alice Springs o Chris, we have looked into this issue and found that the NT Government did indeed advertise in the Centralian Advocate on November 9, 2010, stating that the Territory-wide Cash for Containers scheme would be rolled out in late 2011. The Territory-wide scheme will pay 10 cents per container. The Alice Springs Town Council confirmed this week that the expansion of the scheme will in fact happen at the end of 2011. This means the Town Councils 5 cents per container stands until that, as yet unspecified, time. A spokeswoman for the council said the 500 containers per person per day limit was due to budget constraints and the depot is open two days per week because the scheme is new and still on trial. Once finer details of the NT Governments scheme are known, the spokeswoman said, the town council will reconsider the opening hours of the depot. The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed, however, that the 500 containers per day per person limit will remain once the Territory-wide scheme comes into place to forego the potential costs involved if clients stockpile. - Ed.