Let’s get off the alcohol debate for a moment, and …

Comment on Memo Club suspends trading, goes into voluntary administration. Town & Country to close tomorrow. by Hal Duell.

Let’s get off the alcohol debate for a moment, and consider that Alice Springs is in deep trouble. We could fail; some would say we are failing right now. More and more residents are not wanting to venture out by either day or night, and without that venturing out, our local economy will collapse and the town will fail.
And why don’t residents want to venture out? Perhaps because by day the streets and parks are full of adult urban-drifters wandering around like unregistered dogs, and by night the same streets and parks are full of feral children looking to break something, and anything will do.
It’s not the break-ins to the venues with grog on site that is the big news. It’s the fact that wilding children ram-raid for the fun of it, and once inside they take a bottle or two of spirits and any visible cigarettes. Or they go into the parking lots to try to steal a ride, and failing that jump up and down on a bonnet or two.
Now the town camps want to become gated communities, and who can blame them?
But for those leaving, a cautionary note if I may: Maybe don’t move to the Gold Coast, or Sydney’s west, or the Top End.
On reflection, maybe stay here. Maybe lend a hand.

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