Despite the varied responses from previous writers, I think everyone …

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

Despite the varied responses from previous writers, I think everyone would agree that The Alice is facing a BIG problem, one that calls for an equally BIG response.
I agree wholeheartedly with Russell Guy’s assertion that the common denominator of most of our town’s issues (violent and anti-social behaviour, family violence, neglect of children, etc.) is take-away alcohol.
Over recent years, I have come to believe that a 12-month trial of a 4-days-a-week (Sundays to Wednesdays inclusive) ban on take away alcohol may serve well as an essential central plank to a multi-pronged plan developed by representatives of police, health, business and tourism organisations, indigenous groups and, of course, the general public).
As evidenced by the Tennant Creek trial, I believe that the results would be near-instant, in providing welcomed respite for our police, health and the many community support services presently on the 24/7 treadmill, fighting the problems arising from take away alcohol, at all levels of our society.
Imagine the story such a trial would make for the interstate and overseas media, of a town actually taking control of its future and re-shaping its image.
I for one am willing to forego some personal freedoms to see if such a trial would work. The only other alternative is to pull the pin and leave the place, but after my 27 years in the place, I know real Territorians do not give up so easily.

Recent Comments by Domenico Pecorari

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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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Upon reading the article, I must admit to sharing Charlie Carter’s response: “All of the above!” I suspect it is a view shared by a significant majority of citizens.

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A wonderful achievement, Leonardo. Congratulations to all involved in presenting a positive image of central Australia.

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Congratulations, Mike. A great effort on your part in demonstrating a creative response to resolving a practical problem. Nothing short of brilliant! And thanks, Kieran, for bringing Mike’s achievement to our attention. I hope our town’s decision-makers are taking notice.

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