Liz, Your mention of an eight point survey made my …

Comment on Wanted: big fresh tourism ideas by Hal Duell.

Liz, Your mention of an eight point survey made my ears prick up.
If not already on there, would it be possible to include a question about an alcohol takeaway-free day on the next print run? It might be instructive to hear your visitors’ views as to whether or not one day a week without access to bottle shops would adversely impact on their visit, or on any plans to visit again.
I appreciate the tourism industry is fundamental to the economic well-being of Alice Springs, and no one wants to upset that apple cart. But participating in a day without access to the bottle shops could be presented as a chance to help us find a solution to a situation that any visitor can see all too clearly is one of our major problems.

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Wanted: big fresh tourism ideas
Liz
Thank you for your answer.
As I have said in other posts, my advocating an alcohol takeaway-free day has less to do with adding another restriction than it has to do with giving the town a day off, a designated time out.
I feel a weekly break would benefit us all.
There may be theft, but nothing new there. Ditto for dickheads on the roads. That’s why we have police, an overworked and under appreciated group if ever there was one!
And I agree with both your visitors and many in Alice that the current lot of restrictions is a mess. It’s almost necessary to have a graph on the door to check before going out to buy a bit of grog. What’s for sale, when and where takes some study. I am among those who would like to see all that simplified.
I’m not sure why domestic violence got a mention, except it is often linked to alcohol consumption. It’s inexcusable, no matter when, no matter where.


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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Well then, under the theory that where there’s smoke, there’s fire (fresh dung in the farmyard on a cold winter morning notwithstanding), it seems this issue is not going to go away. I do wonder if we’ll ever learn something.
That remains to be seen, given the beauty of Section 81(2C) quoted above. Unless I’m reading it wrong, this seems to say that disciplinary committee meetings are to be held in public unless the disciplinary committee doesn’t want them to. Now that’s a get-out-of-jail card if ever I saw one!
As often quoted in other contexts, “You can’t make this stuff up.”


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