You are very good, Steve Brown, at re-painting Russell Guy’s …

Comment on Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’ by Domenico Pecorari.

You are very good, Steve Brown, at re-painting Russell Guy’s proposal as a “total ban”, as “prohibition” and as an “attack on personal freedoms”. Russell’s idea is in fact to trial (over a limited period) a ban on take-away alcohol, on selected days only, leaving the clubs and pubs to operate exactly as they do now. No-one would be denied a drink at these controlled establishments and, if one was organised, they could buy their take-aways on the days it was on sale.
The trial exercise would, however, determine whether it results in a reduction of alcohol-related crime, family violence and anti-social behaviour in The Alice, and I for one believe it is worth a little personal inconvenience to find out. It worries me that you are so inflexible on issues such as alcohol restrictions, Steve, as I do not believe it to be a trait I want in a mayor. A little more open-mindedness and a lot less dogmatic conviction, please.

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I’m very sorry, Steve. I’ve read your comment several times, even read “between the lines”, so to speak, but I have not been able to make head nor tail of the point you are trying to make.
I do, however, question your assertion that Anzac Hill was “given over by the TO’s (sic) specifically for (the) purpose of represent(ing) and commemorat(ing) The Nations (sic) War dead”, and would love to see any historical evidence you may have on the matter.
I personally suspect that the local Indigenous people were not asked if their sacred site could be appropriated for a memorial to European wars.


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The problem with every “plan” and “scheme” that I’ve seen developed since I came to The Alice in 1984 is that they have been too narrow in scope, overly focused on economic “solutions” and often just project driven.
Despite all the activity, not to mention cost, this town has never had the “long-term, integrated Master Plan” that Jimmy Cocking has recently called for: an all- encompassing Master Plan that formalises a sustainable, shared vision for our town, not just economically, but also environmentally, socially and culturally. In short, a plan that defines the kind of town we want to live, work and play in.
We are certainly a town that has experienced no population growth for the last 10 years, including a population decline over the last five.
I believe that a well-developed master plan, with wide-ranging input from local expertise and the general public, would provide the roadmap with which we could reverse this worrying trend.


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