@1. “I’ve been advocating the untried, yet proven take-away alcohol …

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@1. “I’ve been advocating the untried, yet proven take-away alcohol sales free day/s restriction.”
How can something that is untried, be proven? There have been many, many trials, new restrictions, reductions in hours, limitations on types of alcohol that can be purchased etc.
Bottom line is we have a large group of people who have no purpose in life, no goals, no obligations, and alcohol is the easiest drug to get hold of to ease the pain and hopelessness. The simple solution is not just to show your ID to buy grog, but to show a current pay slip. But then again, there is really no simple solution. If restrictions work, how come we see an increase in anti-social behaviour that involves alcohol despite more and more people on the banned drinkers register. This is why crime levels are increasing, because they cannot buy it, so they steal it. I see the Town and Country Tavern was hit again on Tuesday night. This town and the Mall could be a foodies paradise like Mitchell Street, vibrant and alive, but who would open an eatery just to have it smashed every night?

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Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
There has been a lot a promoting the support for a gallery somewhere, but after reading the article featuring Robyn Lambley it makes me wonder if a campaign should be run actually opposing it.
With the need for a new juvenile detention centre, and the issues of crime in the NT in general, funding this gallery, no matter where it is, might be the straw that broke the NT’s back financially.
The government is trying to convince us that it will bring tourists and plenty of money into town. The fact is by all reports our tourism is fairly buoyant. The main attractions are what we already have, the people come for those attractions, but leave with a bad taste when they are affected by the crime, as well as making it unattractive for residents to stay.
Given the current circumstances I think we would be far better off paying down debt and addressing the real issues, and not speculating on something that may or may not have the desired effect.
It seems like the current government want something big they can claim as their in the years to come. I think leaving the NT in a better state financially and in liveability than when they took over.
That would be a great legacy


Harts Range: Four legs or three, it was on for young and old
Great coverage once again, Erwin, of a truly iconic event in The Centre.
I have been a regular at Harts Range for the last four years. Last year I took my aunt, who was out here for the “Rollin’ Solo” event at Ross River. t
This year I took two dear friends, Gavin and Julie, who despite being long-time locals, had never been before.
They all agreed that it truly is a remarkable event, one where the kids did their own thing in relative safety, and where there was always something happening.
As I said last year, it really is an opportunity to mix with people who make their living on the land, the dedicated ones who work from sun-up to sun-down, the people who are spoken about in poems, in songs and stories about this wide brown land and provide a living link to the pioneers who made this country what it is today.
Although there is a dedicated committee that organizes the event every year, I got talking to two of the “public faces” of the event at the dance on Saturday night.
One was the ground announcer, the other was the guy who bounces around the arena with the signs that tell the crowd if an eight second ride was achieved, and implores the crowd to cheer “like ya mean it!”.
These two guys really give the event its own PC-free personality, one that keeps me coming back year after year.
The one thing they both stressed to me was the need for helpers to keep the event going. Maybe members of local service clubs such as Rotary, Lions or APEX could be involved.
The local 4WD club or Men’s Shed groups or similar could look at a camp out for their members in the weekends leading up to the event.
I am not an official spokesperson for the event in any way, but when I said to these two guys that I wrote about the event last year in the Alice Springs News, they asked that if I was doing the same this year, could I push the fact that help is needed, which is the purpose of this letter.
Can’t wait until next year!

[ED – Hi Local, thank you, but most of the kudos for our coverage needs to go to photographer Nikki Westover!]


National Aboriginal art gallery: The horse and the cart
Hardly a make or break item for the town. It might be a welcome addition, but if it is not built, the town will certainly not go broke.
Panorama Guth was a fascinating tourist destination, and displayed a massive range of Aboriginal artifacts.
Tourists flocked to it, but it was not the reason they came here. The proposed art gallery (which should be a cultural centre featuring Aboriginal art), will never be a reason people will come here, but it may encourage them to stay an extra day or two.
I have had many friends come here over the years and many of them say they wish they had booked for longer as they had no idea how much there was to see and do.
As far as the original topic goes, humbugging, youth crime, assaults and break ins are a far greater make or break subject than any art gallery will be. Get that under control and reap the benefits.


And now, your friendly neighbourhood prison
Interesting that the department has said the welfare of young people is its number one priority.
That means a cohesive community, ratepayers, workers, functional families and residents are way, way down the list of who they care about.
Remember who is in charge of all this rot when the next election rolls around.


Pilot academy: Alice tipped to be in top three
Now this would bring people to the town. Investment from big business, this is what we need.


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